Traffic Results / Developments in the Turkish Airlines Fleet
Twenty-one additions were made to Turkish Airlines’ fleet during 2010, bringing the total number of aircraft to 153 as of year-end.
One of the youngest fleets of any airline in Europe
With the addition of new aircraft to its lineup in 2010, Turkish Airlines’ fleet grew even younger. The average age of the company’s passenger planes is 6.2 years and the overall average of the fleet is 6.5 years.
Seeking to deliver high-quality service and maximum passenger satisfaction, Turkish Airlines conducts its operations with a dynamic and efficient fleet whose average age is below the sector average and whose cabin comforts are above it. Over the last five years Turkish Airlines has expanded the size of its fleet by 82% in numerical terms, increasing the 84 aircraft that it had at end-2005 to 153 by the end of end-2010. During the same period, the company’s seat capacity grew by 93%. In line with its objective of enlarging its fleet with youthful aircraft, the average age of Turkish Airlines’s fleet at end-2010 was 6.5 years.
Turkish Airlines’ fleet expansion is being carried out as part of the company’s “2005-2015 Fleet Projection” program, under which the company has placed orders for 22 wide-body airliners (twelve B777-300 ER and ten A330-300). Of these planes, Turkish Airlines had taken delivery of five B777-300 ER units and of four A330-300 units as of end-2010. The remaining 13 wide-bodies will be delivered in 2011 and 2012. In the case of narrow-bodies, Turkish Airlines has placed orders with Boeing for twenty B737-800 units and fifteen B737-900 ER units (to be delivered in 2011-2015) and with Airbus for six A319-100 and twenty-four A321-200 units (to be delivered in 2011-2013).
Turning now to cargo aircraft, the previously-given order for two A330-200F units was increased to five units. One of these aircraft was delivered in 2010 and the remaining four will be delivered before end-2014.
Turkish Airlines has recourse to leasing as an effective way of coping with seasonal changes in demand for seating capacity. During 2010 the company temporarily added 12 leased aircraft to its fleet for this purpose.
In line with the 15.9% increase in the number of aircraft in Turkish Airlines’ fleet in 2010, the company’s total seating capacity also grew by 18.4%.
The company’s utilization performance in 2010 was 12:15, which was 5.2% higher than that of the previous year.