Turkish unveils huge A320 family order, including 57 Neos

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Turkish Airlines has revealed plans to order up to 117 Airbus single-aisles in a deal that includes the current version of the A320 and the re-engined A320neo family.

The Star Alliance carrier's board of directors has announced a firm order 82 A320 family aircraft along with 35 options. The firm order comprises 25 A321s, four A320neos and 53 A321neos, with deliveries due to begin in 2015. The airline has also taken options for 35 A321neos.

No engine selection has been announced for either the current or re-engined versions. According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, the airline currently operates 76 A320 family aircraft. The majority of these are powered by International Aero Engines V2500 engines, although a small number are equipped with CFM International CFM56s.

Turkish says that the deal will take its fleet to 375 aircraft, including freighters. The airline's current fleet comprises 211 aircraft, and this increase to 235 by year-end.