Turkish Airlines To Fly Its Airbus A350 To Los Angeles From July Next Year

Turkish Airlines has announced it will be increasing the capacity of its Istanbul to Los Angeles route beginning in July next year. The Turkish national flag carrier will also be deploying its Airbus A350s on the route four times each week.

A Turkish Airlines A330
Turkish Airlines will operate its first Airbus A350 routes early next year. Photo: Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr

Routes Online has revealed Turkish Airlines’ plans to introduce its brand-new Airbus A350s on the popular Istanbul to Los Angeles route next summer. The airline is taking delivery of its first brand-new Airbus A350s, each fitted with 32 all-new business class seats in 2020.

It has already announced it will be flying the Airbus A350 on its Istanbul to London route from 13th April onward, as well as its Istanbul to Dubai route from 14th April.

A press statement released by Turkish Airlines earlier in the week details the schedule for the capacity upgrade on the Istanbul to Los Angeles route.

Beginning on 10th July, capacity will increase from seven to ten flights weekly. Then, as of 14 July, the route will see an additional flight every week for travelers looking to fly from Istanbul to Los Angeles.

Turkish Airlines’ new Airbus A350s

Turkish Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus for an order of 25 Airbus A350s. It hasn’t actually received any of them yet, but deliveries for the first units are just around the corner. With flights scheduled for early next year, Turkish Airlines is eagerly awaiting the newest addition to its fleet.

Unlike the flights from Istanbul to London and Dubai, the Istanbul to Los Angeles route will make full use of the Airbus A350 as a long-haul passenger jet.

An Airbus A350
Many airlines are adding the Airbus A350 to their fleets. Photo: Duch.seb via Wikimedia Commons

In a press release, Turkish Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and the Executive, M. İlker Aycı, said,

“We are committed to offering our passengers on every route the best flying experience possible… the Airbus’ A350 XWB provide[s] comfort and convenience in spacious cabins, all matched with seamless reliability”.

Like many other carriers, Turkish Airlines sees the Airbus A350 as a flagship aircraft for use on long haul routes. Significantly increased fuel efficiency is also a primary selling point.

Turkish Airlines also operates is also taking delivery of 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners over the next four years. The first of these Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners only recently entered service, with the inaugural flight between Istanbul and Bali taking place in July.

Turkish Airlines going forward

Turkish Airlines has enjoyed impressive growth over recent years. This growth has been aided by the location of the airline’s Istanbul hub, which sits between Europe and Asia.

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330
Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other carrier. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

The airline also has an expansive, young fleet of aircraft, which will only get younger with the addition of the new Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Having flown 21.5 million passengers annually just 10 years ago, Turkish Airlines now flies more than triple that number at 72.5 million.

It also now flies to 125 different countries around the world, which is more than any other carrier. With this many routes and an ever-growing fleet, it looks like Turkish Airlines’ success is set to continue.

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