Turkish Airlines to lease two A340s from ILFC

Source: Flightglobal.com
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Turkish Airlines is to lease two Airbus A340-300s from US lessor International Lease Finance (ILFC), the first of which will be delivered in February.

The carrier says the second example will follow in April and that the A340s are being leased for six years. Both aircraft, bearing serial numbers 216 and 257, were previously in service with Air Jamaica.

Turkish Airlines stated in August that it was also leasing two Airbus A330-200s for eight years from February 2009. The airline currently operates seven A340-300s and A330-200s in its long-haul fleet.

Turkish Airlines plans to open Toronto and Washington routes this year and increase flights to China. The aircraft will mainly support the route expansion and replace A340s in the fleet which have different cabin configurations.

It plans to continue using leased types until 2014-15 before acquiring new long-haul aircraft.