Turkish Airlines announces new routes and fleet expansion for 2020

posted on 2nd January 2020 by William Hayes
Turkish Airlines announces new routes and fleet expansion for 2020

The chairman of Turkish Airlines has announced that the national flag carrier will unveil four new routes in 2020, as well as expanding and updating its fleet.

“We finished all procedures to launch flights to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Newark, New Jersey, and Vancouver, Canada in 2019,” said İlker Aycı, adding that now they are just waiting for the necessary permits.

Beside new destinations, he said the airline will also focus on frequency depth, he added.

After starting service to 10 new international routes in 2019, the carrier closed out the year flying to a total of 318 cities in 126 countries, Aycı noted.

Turkish Airlines is also continuing to expand its fleet with next-generation aircraft while replacing older models, said Aycı.

By the end of 2019, the airline had 351 aircraft, including 98 wide-body, 229 narrow-body, and 24 cargo planes, up from 332 at the beginning of the year.

“With our current fleet size, we rank 10th among the passenger airlines globally,” said Aycı. “Among the top 10, we have the fourth-youngest fleet.”

He added that 28 more aircraft will be added to the fleet in 2020, stressing that the company is open to rental options.