Turkish Airlines to lease six new Boeing 737-8 MAX

Turkish Airlines to lease six new Boeing 737–8 MAX

On the eve of the Turkish airline Turkish Airlines signed an agreement to lease six additional Boeing 737 & ndash; 8 MAX aircraft. The new Boeing narrow-body aircraft will be built in the AnadoluJet layout and operated by a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines. 

A week after the Paris Air Show, where many aircraft contracts were signed, Turkish Airlines has agreed to lease new Boeing 737 narrow-body aircraft MAX. The carrier already operates 28 737-8s. An agreement has been reached with lessor CDB Aviation, owned by China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. Ltd., which serves 67 customers in 39 countries, leasing approximately 400 aircraft to them.

Six aircraft have already been ordered from Boeing and will be delivered between 2024 and 2025. They will be equipped with CFM International Leap-1B engines.

Turkish Airlines already has three aircraft on lease from CDB Aviation, including its first Airbus A320neo. Interestingly, the airline has since purchased 51 A321neos and ordered 47 more.

A couple of weeks ago, there were reports that Turkish Technic is ready to announce the establishment of a maintenance and overhaul center in Serbia. The opening of a maintenance center in Belgrade, according to experts, will strengthen the relationship between Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia.

Note that Kazakhstan and Indonesia are also considered as future sites for the maintenance of Turkish aircraft.

Air Serbia has a maintenance contract with JAT Technika, but there has been growing tension between the parties lately. The reason is problems with the supply chain, which as a result lead to a delay in the maintenance of aircraft. It takes weeks, sometimes months, for parts to be delivered to Belgrade. Turkish Technic is certified to produce spare parts and is already doing so, which makes it easy for Air Serbia to decide to cooperate with them.

Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia signed a codeshare agreement in August 2020 and have extended it several times . More recently, the Air Serbia code has been added to Turkish flights to São Paulo in Brazil.

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