Turkish Airlines’ current expansion process is being governed by its 2008-2023 Fleet Projection program. Following the announcement in October 2008, regarding the purchasing of a total of 105 aircraft (75 confirmed with options on a further 30), the Company ordered 65 narrow-body and 22 wide-body passenger, plus five cargo aircraft.

Turkish Airlines continues to work on its goal of acquiring the youngest and most modern fleet in Europe. The Company flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, and has the 5th largest flight network. Moreover, Turkish Airlines continues to support its fleet with new aircraft purchases.

In 2012 Turkish Airlines took pride in adding the 200th aircraft to its fleet and strengthening its position in international aviation industry. As of the end of 2012, the number of aircraft in the Turkish Airlines fleet was 202, with an average fleet age of 6.6 years. Turkish Airline’s fleet, which had consisted of 65 aircraft back in 2004, had grown by 211% to 202 aircraft in 2012.

While taking the cost analysis into consideration, Turkish Airline purchases aircrafts that meet growing passenger traffic and changing customer needs, emphasize passenger comfort and safety, that are equipped with the latest technology, and that are economical and environmentally sensitive. Accordingly, the Company continues to take important steps towards strengthening the Turkish Airlines brand.

The fleet expansion period, which began with the purchase decision for 51 aircraft in 2004 and which was strengthened by optional purchase orders becoming definite, is continued in the 2008-2023 Fleet Projection.

Following the announcement in October 2008 regarding the purchase of a total of 105 aircraft (75 confirmed with options on a further 30), the Company ordered 65 narrow-body and 22 wide-body passenger, plus five cargo aircraft.

As a consequence of the 2012-2020 fleet planning decision, 20 B777-300ER and 20 A330-300 aircraft have been ordered, which will meet the demand for long haul aircraft in the coming period. Aircraft ordered in 2012 will be delivered between 2013 and 2017.

The Company updates fleet plans at the end of each year, within the scope of the following strategies: Exploiting opportunities, risk management, sustainability, dynamic capacity planning, a broadening of the flight network and increased frequency. During the year, aircraft numbers are revised according to deliveries and demand and fleet rejuvenation needs. Interim solutions are also implemented, such as using leased aircraft in light of market conditions, which does not increase fleet age or damage the integrity of aircraft.

Fleet (as of end-2012)
      Total Capacity
Aircraft Type Number Fleet age (Seat)
Commercial Aircraft      
A340-300 7 16,7 1.890
A330-200 7 7,7 1.812
A330-300 10 1,7 2.890
B777-300ER 12 2,0 4.044
A319-100 14 4,7 1.854
A320-200 28 5,7 4.502
A321-200 32 3,2 5.950
B737-400 3 20,9 450
B737-800 59 8,7 9.767
B737-700 14 6,8 1.986
B737-900 9 0,7 1.359
Cargo Aircraft      
A310-300F 4 24,4 -
A330-200F 3 17,7  
Total 202 6,6 36.504
Commercial Aircraft - Average Age 6,4  

Turkish Airlines, broadening its flight network and increasing passenger number with each passing day, and on the strength of its significance in the air transfer industry, added 23 new aircraft to its fleet.