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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - Turkish Airlines is planning to reduce the burden associated with the expansion of its widebody fleet. The carrier is in talks with Airbus to push back the deliveries of some A350-900s. 

The talks exclude the planes that are currently under construction, which will join the Turkish fleet as initially planned.

Chairman Ilker Ayc─▒ told Daily Hurriyet that the airline will not defer the deliveries of its upcoming narrowbody jets but his company is also in talks with Boeing regarding the delivery schedule for its Boeing 787-9s.

First Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-900 performs Maiden Flight  

The Turkish flag carrier currently has 25 A350-900 jets on firm order from the European aircraft manufacturer. The aircraft with registration TC-LPA (MSN 403) is nearing completion. This aircraft was planned to debut on the carrier's scheduled flights this month before coronavirus paralyzed the global airline industry. A further six Turkish A350-900 are also being assembled in Toulouse.

Turkish Airlines has a further fourteen Boeing 787-9s on firm order. Operator2s narrow-body order book comprises of 75 A321-200neo, 54 Boeing 737 MAX 8, and nine Boeing 737 MAX 9.

The airline has begun flights some domestic routes as of June 1st. It expects to increase flights on domestic routes from June 4 and resume some international routes on June 10.
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