LONDON – AnadoluJet, the low-cost brand of Turkish Airlines, is looking to bring in new generation narrowbodies for its fleet renewal strategy.
The carrier currently operates 53 737-800s, with an average age of 16 years old, and is eyeing both the Airbus A321neo and the Boeing 737 MAX.
Despite its all-Boeing fleet, AnadoluJet appears to be in favor of a mixed fleet. Airline’s boss Samil Karakas told Aviation Week magazine that both the 737 MAX and the A321 are on the cards.
Parent airline Turkish Airlines owns both aircraft models and will be responsible for conducting maintenance and repairs. The carrier hopes to bring in the first lot of new aircraft before the end of 2022.
“These planes perform well. The A321neo, for example, can carry 239 passengers, which guarantees an excellent cost per seat,” said Karakas.
It isn’t clear how many of the types AnadoluJet wants to acquire or if it is sizing up a new order with Airbus or Boeing.