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Turkish Airlines Confirms Order for 7 Airbus A330s

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Turkish Airlines has signed a contract for the purchase of seven Airbus A330-300 aircraft, firming up a Memorandum of Understanding signed during Le Bourget Airshow in June 2009.

 The aircraft, due for delivery from September 2010, will be powered by Rolls-Royce engines. Carrying 289 passengers in a two-class configuration, the A330s will be operated on high capacity medium haul routes.

Turkish Airlines has operated Airbus aircraft since 1985, and currently has a fleet of 67 Airbus aircraft, including five A310s, 46 A320 family aircraft, seven A330s and nine A340s. This is the first time the airline has ordered the A330-300.

"Our in-service experience with the Airbus A330 has demonstrated the low operating costs and high level of cabin comfort that this aircraft offers," said Dr Candan Karlitekin, Chairman of Turkish Airlines. "This made it the logical choice for a repeat order to allow us to efficiently achieve our targeted growth."

The A330-300 has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load.

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