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Turkish deferrals cut into 2020 fleet size

Turkish Airlines’ restructuring of its fleet capacity means it will be operating 40 fewer aircraft by 2020 than it had intended last year.

The airline’s revised fleet schedule – disclosed in its full-year financial results – shows that its fleet in 2020 will comprise 369 aircraft, compared with the 409 expected in its previous full-year statement.

Turkish Airlines still plans to take six aircraft this year but has cut its 2018 deliveries from 34 aircraft to just 10.

This year it will only receive a single long-haul passenger aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, having switched the remaining deliveries to freighters. The airline will take three freighters this year, two Boeing 777Fs and an Airbus A330-200F.

Turkish Airlines’ full-year financial statement shows that its cargo revenues rose by 6.5% in 2016, contrasting with the sharp decline in its passenger income.

The company has not listed any other additions to its long-haul fleet – either passenger or freighter – for the six years from 2018.

By 2020 Turkish Airlines will have 84 long-haul aircraft, a slight reduction on the 87 featured in last year’s fleet plan.

The short-haul fleet shows the more substantial change, with 39 fewer aircraft in 2020.

Turkish Airlines will have introduced 38 Boeing 737 Max 8s, rather than the 55 intended, although it will still have taken all 10 planned 737 Max 9s.

The carrier is also due to receive 39 Airbus A321neos by 2020 instead of the 61 in its prior schedule.

Turkish Airlines has stretched the span of its Max 8 and A321neo deliveries by a year, respectively to 2022 and 2023.

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