Monday, February 24, 2014

Kotil: Turkish Airlines mulls leasing A380 aircraft

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Turkish Airlines, which has ongoing capacity needs, is considering leasing Airbus A380 aircraft, CEO Temel Kotil told ATW in Istanbul. Kotil said the airline expects to grow to around 60 million passengers this year, up from 48 million in 2013.
Kotil said leasing companies are “making Airbus A380 offers to us” so the carrier is considering those offers. However, Turkish spokesperson Ali Genc confirmed to ATW there is “no fixed board decision yet concerning the [wet] lease of A380 aircraft.”
Several Turkish media outlets have reported the carrier could operate up to four wet-leased A380s on routes to China starting this summer.
In addition, the Turkish board has not yet decided if it will wet lease one Boeing 787 from LOT Polish Airlines to cover strong demand. LOT CEO Sebastian Mikosz told ATW in Vienna that the carrier will lease out its sixth 787, which will join its fleet this spring.
Kotil said Turkish will add 32 new aircraft this year. “We need to resurge to make the company a very healthy one. Of course we have integrated cost-cutting [measures] like every other airline. But we are never satisfied on the cost factor. That’s why we go through every single parameter within the company to find out what can be improved.”
Kotil has selected a special team for the resurge study.
“I believe in the way we [have] made the last 10 years. If I do my homework in time, nobody can compete with me. If Gulf carriers or others improve, I can match them, but I have to be good enough to attract passengers,” Kotil said.
Turkish Airlines has a 1.9% global market share and plans to add around 30 new destinations in 2014.

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