Turkish Airlines to withdraw A340 fleet in two years

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Turkish Airlines is planning to phase out its Airbus A340 fleet over the next two years, as it brings in Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s.

The carrier is a veteran operator of the A340. It has nine in its fleet, dating back to 1993, seven from an original order plus a pair from International Lease Finance.

But chairman Hamdi Topcu says the A340s are "getting old" and adds: "The cabin standards are behind when you look at our new cabin products."

While the type, with its 271-seat capacity, was good for starting long-haul operations in the 1990s, Topcu says the aircraft is too small for its passenger and cargo demand.

"Our aim is replacement of the A340s in two years with new aircraft delivered to Turkish Airlines," he says.