Turkish Airways Suffers B787 Supply Delays + Going through Pilot Scarcity

Turkish Airways says its long-haul community improvement is struggling due to continued Boeing 787 supply delays.

The provider’s chairman says he would take as much as 70 extra new-generation plane for the Turkish Airways fleet for 2023 in the event that they have been accessible in the marketplace.

“When Boeing stated it had restarted deliveries of it 787s, we have been considering this could [mean] seamless deliveries,” Turkish Airways Chairman Ahmet Bolat instructed me in Istanbul final week. The Star Alliance member is ready on eight 787-9s which are already multiple yr late, Bolat says.

New constructed Boeing 787 are parked in Victorville, Ca

“I’m planning to open new routes, however lacking widebodies,” Bolat says. Turkish Airways has been unable to launch further providers to the U.S. and South Asian locations, he says. It has additionally been prevented from dialing up frequencies on present routes attributable to a scarcity of capability.

To fill the hole, Turkish Airways is now searching for extra “white-tail widebodies,” Bolat says. The airline has already acquired 4 former
Aeroflot A350-900s. Two extra of the sort will be a part of the fleet this yr. Bolat made clear that these further plane will probably be not sufficient to fulfill the sturdy demand.

“If I can discover them proper now, we may simply purchase 20 extra next-generation widebody plane—Boeing 787 or A350s—prepared to return for 2023,”

Turkish Airways Chairman Ahmet Bolat

International leasing corporations are usually not in a position to provide these plane as they’ve offered out, Bolat says. If Turkish Airways is ready to discover 10 787s in the identical configuration which the provider has and the plane is able to fly, Bolat says he would purchase them instantly to bolster its fleet for subsequent yr.

“We’d like this capability as a result of no person is aware of when Boeing delivers our 787s,” he provides.

Turkish Airways’ present widebody fleet contains 11 Airbus A350-900s and 15 Boeing 787-9s, plus 33 777-300ERs, 13 A330-200s and 37 A330-300s.

NarrowBody Plane for Turkish Airways

Bolat additionally says the airline’s want for added narrowbody plane is robust. Moreover the 50 Airbus A320neo household plane Turkish Airways already has on order, Bolat says he would add as much as 50 A320neos instantly in the event that they have been accessible for 2023. “The identical goes for the 737 MAX,” Bolat says, if no A320neos might be discovered. Half of any new narrowbodies could be positioned at its LCC subsidiary Anadolujet. The remaining 50% could be devoted to Turkish Airways’ mainline operation.

“I’ve the routes the place we would wish all these plane and likewise it provides us benefits to interchange my previous fleet—about half of the brand new plane could be replacements of older plane,” he provides.

“However the largest downside we now have, there are usually not sufficient pilots. We have now began hiring 1,600 pilots with out type-ratings,”

Turkish Airways Chairman Ahmet Bolat

Turkish Airways can be in talks with Embraer for 15-20 regional plane, “however I instructed Embraer: ‘Convey the plane, the pilots, deliver power-by-the-hour upkeep, then I take the plane.’ Such a proposal I might contemplate,” Bolat says. The chairman sees that as one of the best resolution for a regional sub-fleet, “in any other case we now have to determine a upkeep line and so on after which the advantage of this small fleet is marginal.” However, Bolat says Turkish Airways would contemplate shopping for or leasing—on moist or dry lease—on the regional aspect.


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