Turkish Airlines Picks Up More Airbus A350s (New Business Class?)

Turkish Airlines Picks Up More Airbus A350s (New Business Class?)

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Turkish Airlines has just ordered some additional Airbus A350s, which might have some cool implications for the passenger experience.

Turkish Airlines getting six more A350s by 2023

Turkish Airlines has today announced that the carrier has decided to purchase an additional six Airbus A350-900s, which will be delivered to the airline in 2022 and 2023.

For context, Turkish Airlines had already previously ordered 25 Airbus A350s. The airline already has six of these in its fleet, with another 19 due to be delivered. Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first A350 in late 2020, and the plan is for all A350s to be delivered by the end of 2023.

With this latest update, it sounds like we should expect Turkish Airlines to have 31 A350s by the end of 2023, which helps the airline expand and renew its long haul fleet.

Were these A350s meant for Aeroflot?

Reading between the lines here, presumably these Airbus A350s were intended for another airline, since you couldn’t typically place an A350 order now, and expect to take delivery of these planes by the end of next year.

It seems to me like the most likely scenario here is that Turkish Airlines is taking over some of Aeroflot’s A350 order:

  • Aeroflot had ordered 22 Airbus A350-900s; seven of these have already been delivered, and the other 15 were supposed to be delivered by the end of 2023
  • With the sanctions currently in place, along with the overall situation, it seems pretty clear that Aeroflot won’t be taking delivery of these planes anymore, and Airbus is probably looking for new buyers
  • So it’s logical that Turkish Airlines would take over these planes, as the airline continues to look to expand

One interesting angle here is that I suspect that these planes may be delivered to Turkish Airlines with Aeroflot interiors. Aircraft interiors are typically ordered way in advance, and it’s likely that some of these planes have already had their interiors installed.

This could be pretty exciting, because Aeroflot’s A350s feature an all new business class product with doors, which looks pretty nice, certainly nicer than Turkish Airlines’ current A350 business class (which is the same as what’s available on the 787). So we’ll have to see how this evolves, but if I were to place a bet, I think it’s highly likely these A350s will feature the Aeroflot interiors.

Aeroflot Airbus A350 business class
Aeroflot Airbus A350 business class

Bottom line

Turkish Airlines has ordered six additional Airbus A350s, bringing the carrier’s order total to 31 jets. These are all expected to be delivered by the end of 2023, so that’s a lot of new planes coming to the airline quickly.

My guess is that these six additional A350s were initially supposed to go to Aeroflot. If that’s the case, we may very well see Turkish Airlines just maintain the planned Aeroflot interiors, meaning the airline may finally offer business class seats with doors.

What do you make of Turkish Airlines acquiring more A350s?

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  1. DENDAVE New Member

    Maybe with more planes they'll finally launch the flight to DEN they announced a while back.

  2. Ben Guest

    TK needs a fleet refresh. They need to be more on-time. They need more 2022-ish features: complete all trip formalities including check-in & boarding passes in the app globally. They lack lounge information for premium passengers. I can tell their ground crew are not that very well-trained. Onboard experience is not the best among all premium products of tried, but it’s up there. Perhaps I should not compare TK with QR, CX, SQ…

  3. Gaurav Community Ambassador

    Could they also be from Qatar's canceled orders?

    1. Nasir Guest

      No, they cannot be Qatar's cancelled order because Qatar's cancelled order was for the larger A350-1000. All of Qatar's A350-900 were delivered to the airline.

  4. Euro Member

    I find it amusing that Turkish has so many different business class products with almost no attempt at trying to ensure fleet consistency or changing the products in certain aircraft to match what is in other aircraft. They, along with Thai and China Southern/Eastern have got to have the most number of business class "hard" products in their fleet.

    1. Lukas Guest

      Turkish only has two types of long-haul business class seats (one for a330/b777, another for b787/a350). Not too bad.

      That said, I hope they add Aeroflot’s amazing suites as their third type :)

    2. Euro Member

      Correct, but Turkish has at least 3-4 different types of mid-haul products for their A330s. Some have recliners, there are several angle-flat products, and I'm not sure if they still have the old Jet Airways herringbone A330 product. Plus there's at least 2 different recliner seats on their narrowbodies (I don't think they have lie-flats on them)

    3. Zorko Guest

      A330 fleet are currently decreasing with the new 350/787 arrivals. In couple of years business class seats will be levelized hopefully )

  5. Flymore Guest

    Maybe one of these is for new service from Denver to Istanbul which Turkish announced would start before Covid hit.

  6. RetiredATLATC Gold

    I'd much rather these J seats than the current one on their B789. I find those to be exceptionally cramped in the shoulder area and in the footwell.

    1. STAKK Member

      Fully agree. The new seats are not comfortable, plus they are so cheap and plastic-y. I flew them recently from IST-DXB and my seat sounded like it was falling apart.

    2. Art_Czar Member

      That's a shame. I was looking forward to experiencing TK's B789 J seat next month - At 6'-3"/220lbs I may be in for a cramped 12-hour trip

    3. Baliken Member

      Agree. I prefer the old 777 and 330 seats. The 787 seats are way too tight.

  7. reddargon Diamond

    “Where these A350s meant for Aeroflot?”

    Typo.

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Nasir Guest

No, they cannot be Qatar's cancelled order because Qatar's cancelled order was for the larger A350-1000. All of Qatar's A350-900 were delivered to the airline.

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STAKK Member

Fully agree. The new seats are not comfortable, plus they are so cheap and plastic-y. I flew them recently from IST-DXB and my seat sounded like it was falling apart.

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Lukas Guest

"WHERE these A350s meant for Aeroflot?"

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