ISTANBUL, TÜRKİYE — On Sept. 6, Turkish Airlines took delivery of its very first Airbus A320neo jet. The aircraft was delivered to the Turkish flag carrier from CDB Aviation's order book with Airbus. The delivery marks the introduction of the inaugural A320neo to the carrier's fleet.

"We are delighted to be leasing Turkish Airlines' first A320neo, which will contribute toward growing and modernizing the carrier's flight operations on both domestic and international routes," stated Paul Boyle, CDB Aviation's Head of Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

"Introducing the A320neo marks a new step forward in the airline's ongoing fleet modernization process."

Levent Konukcu, Turkish Airlines' Chief Investment and Technology Officer, commented: "As one of the world's leading airlines, supporting our successful and stable performance with new generation aircraft that we continue to include in our fleet brings us closer to our goals. We would like to thank our business partners, such as CDB Aviation, for their support in this direction."

With the recently awarded IATA IEnvA Stage 2 certificate, which signifies the highest level of compliance with the IATA Environmental Assessment program, Turkish Airlines has become a pioneer among airlines in undertaking sustainability-focused projects for every stage of its flight and ground operations in recent years.

"With unprecedented reductions in fuel burn, emissions, and noise, the A320neo is among the most efficient and quietest aircraft for short- and medium-haul routes on the market today," emphasized Peter Goodman, CDB Aviation's Chief Commercial Officer.

"The A320neo is well suited to support Turkish Airlines' ambitious growth journey and contribute toward reaching its sustainability goals by lessening the environmental footprint of its flight operations," Goodman continued.

Turkish Airlines took delivery of the larger variant of NEO Family in July 2018. The aircraft was delivered to the Türkiye's national carrier directly by Airbus in Cabin Flex configuration. The carrier currently operates 35 A321neo while 52 aircraft of the same type waiting to join the airline's fleet.