Turkish Airlines signs lease for six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet in AnadoluJet livery.
Photo Credit: CDB Aviation

Aircraft leasing company CDB Aviation recently announced the signing of lease agreements with Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Türkiye, for a series of six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, for its subsidiary AnadoluJet.

These lease agreements are a part of CDB Aviation’s existing orderbook with Boeing and are a testament to the strong partnership between the two companies.

Delivery in 2024-25

The aircraft, which will be delivered in 2024 and 2025, will be powered by CFM International Leap-1B engines and built with the AnadoluJet-specific configuration, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines.

Jie Chen, the Chief Executive Officer of CDB Aviation, expressed satisfaction over the new lease agreements with Turkish Airlines, stating:

“We’re delighted to have signed these new lease agreements with our valued customer, Turkish Airlines, for the financing of the upcoming six 737 MAX aircraft deliveries from our orderbook.”

This collaboration further highlights Turkish Airlines’ move towards modernizing its flight and ground operations with sustainability-focused initiatives.

Turkish Airlines has been at the forefront of sustainability efforts within the airline industry, and the addition of these highly efficient aircraft will further contribute to their ambitious sustainability goals.


Inclusion in AnadoluJet fleet

By introducing the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft into their mainline and subsidiary carrier’s flight operations, Turkish Airlines aims to reduce the environmental footprint of their operations significantly.

Levent Konukcu, the Chief Investment and Technology Officer of Turkish Airlines, expressed pride in collaborating with partners like CDB Aviation.  

He emphasized that the inclusion of these aircraft in the AnadoluJet fleet will play a vital role in achieving their goals and providing exceptional travel experiences to their passengers.

The lease agreements for the six Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft solidify CDB Aviation’s relationship with Turkish Airlines. Currently, CDB Aviation has a total of nine aircraft on lease to the carrier, including one Boeing 737-800, one Boeing 777-300ER, and one Airbus A320neo.

In 2022, CDB Aviation delivered Turkish Airlines’ first A320neo, marking a significant milestone in the airline’s ongoing fleet modernization process.

Jie Chen further emphasized CDB Aviation’s commitment to supporting airlines in modernizing their fleets with new technology aircraft and meeting long-term business growth objectives.

The company actively engages in discussions with both existing and prospective customers, leveraging its orderbook and offering price-competitive leasing products to assist airlines in achieving their fleet modernization goals.

About AnadouluJet

AnadoloJet is a low-cost airline based in Turkey. It is a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and operates domestic flights as well as flights to Northern Cyprus, Western Europe and Western Asia.

AnadoluJet was founded in 2008 and has since grown to become one of the most popular low-cost airlines in Turkey. The airline operates a fleet of 67 narrow-body aircraft, including the Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The subsidiary airline offers a basic economy product with no checked baggage allowance. Passengers can purchase additional baggage, seat assignments, and other services at an additional cost.

The airline’s main hubs are Ankara Esenboğa Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. AnadoluJet also operates flights from a number of other airports in Turkey, including Antalya, Adana, Gaziantep, and Izmir.

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