Turkish Airlines hosts UK business and trade secretary for landmark aviation meeting

In a significant development fostering stronger ties between Türkiye and the United Kingdom in the aviation sector, Turkish Airlines recently played host to Kemi Badenoch, the UK’s Business and Trade Secretary, along with Airbus Türkiye President Simon Ward and John Kelly, President of Rolls-Royce (Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa).

The visit included a tour of one of Turkish Airlines’ Airbus A350 aircraft, marking a pivotal moment in the collaborative efforts between the two nations.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, engaged in discussions with Secretary Kemi Badenoch, focusing on advancing bilateral relations in the aviation industry.

“The talks covered a range of topics, including new investments, the development of competitive industrial collaborations, and support for sustainable initiatives in aviation.

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat expressed his satisfaction with the visit, stating, “We are happy to welcome Secretary Badenoch today and continue to take another step in Turkish Airlines’ journey of international collaboration and innovation.

“Our discussions have set the stage for strengthened ties and enriched cooperation between our respective countries’ aviation sectors, aligning with our vision for a progressive and sustainable global aviation industry.

“With our sizable new order of Airbus aircraft and Rolls Royce engines, we plan to continue to maintain our leading position in global aviation in the years to come.”

Business and Trade Secretary for the UK Kemi Badenoch emphasized the historic deal with Turkish Airlines, Airbus, and Rolls Royce, highlighting the thriving trade relationship between Türkiye and the UK. She expressed her enthusiasm about the opportunities Türkiye presents for the UK’s aerospace and manufacturing sectors, aiming to unlock further business opportunities on both sides.

Airbus Türkiye President Simon Ward praised the increasing cooperation and partnership between the UK and Türkiye, citing the recent historic order from Turkish Airlines for 220 firm Airbus aircraft.

Ward underscored the long-lasting partnership between Airbus and Turkish Airlines, emphasizing that every commercial Airbus aircraft contains Turkish parts.

John Kelly, President of Rolls-Royce (Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa), acknowledged the privilege of contributing to the remarkable event.

He highlighted Turkish Airlines’ recent order for 100 Trent XWB-84 and 40 Trent XWB-97 engines, emphasizing Rolls-Royce’s commitment to profitable growth and the pursuit of excellence in the aviation industry.

Kelly expressed joint dedication to pushing the boundaries of aviation technology for a sustainable and innovative future for both organizations.