BUSINESS Airbus signs tentative Turkish Airlines A350 deal


Airbus signs tentative Turkish Airlines A350 deal


05:53, January 07, 2018


An Airbus logo is pictured at the French headquarters of aircraft company Airbus in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, December 13, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Airbus (AIR.PA) Chief Executive Tom Enders signed a non-binding agreement with Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) on a potential order for 25 A350-900 aircraft, during an official visit by Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan in Paris on Friday.

Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s fastest-growing carriers, is a major customer of both Airbus and its US rival Boeing.

State-owned Turkish Airlines is one of a handful of carriers whose dealings with plane-makers tend to accelerate around major diplomatic events.

In September, it signed a surprise provisional order for 40 Boeing 787-9 planes while Erdogan was in New York for the UN General Assembly.

The tentative Airbus deal was inked during a ceremony attended by Erdogan and his host, French President Emmanuel Macron. Turkish Airlines confirmed in a subsequent statement that it had begun negotiations with Airbus on the plane deal.

Airbus is also in negotiations to sell planes to China during a visit by Macron next week.

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