Airbus and Turkey have a long history of partnership with successful projects in civil and military aviation for Turkey. For nearly 30 years, Airbus has been an important solution partner for Turkey working closely with Turkish Airlines, Ministry of Defence, Turkish SSB (Savunma Sanayi Bakanlığı), Turkish Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard.
Looking back into the past; Turkish National Flag carrier Turkish Airlines first began operating Airbus A310 in 1985 and Turkish Air Force received former EADS Casa CN-235 in 1991. Turkey also became a partner of the Airbus A400M Atlas project in 2003.
Today, Turkey is the 4th largest Airbus market in Europe with some 280 Airbus passenger and freighter aircraft in service with nine operators. In total, nearly 200 aircraft remain in the order book to be delivered to airlines in Turkey.
Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings. Several airlines in Turkey exploit this unique advantage by operating more than one Airbus aircraft type in their fleet.
In Turkey, Airbus has 52% market share of the aircraft currently in service and 61% of the order book.
Turkish Airlines (THY) is the largest Airbus operator in the region with 186 Airbus aircraft in its fleet 83 single aisle, 31 A321neo and 62 widebodies.
Another important operator, Pegasus Airlines became a new Airbus customer in December 2012 when placing an order for 75 A320neos (57 A320neo & 18 A321neo), becoming the first Turkish airline to order the aircraft type and the launch customer for CFM powered version.
Turkey is an important partner for Airbus Helicopters. Significant Military contracts have been signed in the 1990’s for the delivery of helicopters. Turkey is the world’s largest Cougar operator with a fleet of 45 Cougar helicopters that are operated by the Turkish Land Forces and the Air Force for general purpose and Search-and-Rescue missions.
Airbus Helicopters has a strong presence in the Parapublic Emergency Medical Services segment in Turkey. Thirteen EC-135 helicopters are operated by the Turkish Aeronautical Association for the needs of the Turkish Ministry of Health all around the country. Around ten civil Airbus Helicopters models are also flying in Turkey, such as the single engine H130 and the twin engine H145, for various purposes including private and business aviation in addition to passenger transport.
Defence & Space
Airbus Defence and Space has been positioned in Turkey as liaison offices since 1990 as a key partner of Turkey in military aviation and space.
Airbus Defence and Space Turkey (ADSTR) was established in November 2013 as a 100 percent Airbus subsidiary. The primary founding purpose of ADSTR is to fulfill the in-service support responsibilities coming from the main sales contract of A400M. Now, Airbus has become even stronger in Turkey with this new establishment providing sales & marketing, contractual, material and services support.
In 2017, the contract for Turksat 5A & 5B telecommunication satellites was . First Turksat 5A was delivered in the last months of 2020 and launched in January.
The Turksat 5B telecommunication satellite is delivered to Turksat with a ceremony held in Airbus Defence and Space facilities in France in November 2021.
Turkey has been an integral part of Airbus supply chain for almost 20 years, being a partner in all Airbus aircraft programmes, including the prestigious A350 XWB and the world’s largest commercial airliner A380. Turkish aeronautical industries progressively embarked on high capabilities and skills in the last 10 years and Airbus is focused on the continued development of long-term cooperation projects with the Turkish aviation industry. Production increase for Airbus single aisle aircraft as well as Airbus widebodies will create further jobs in the future and Turkish aeronautical industries will benefit with additional responsibilities from a continuous development of its strategic skills. In the course of cooperation, Airbus generates more than 3000 jobs in the Turkish aeronautical industry and continues to develop its sourcing in Turkey to procure a cumulative volume of $5 Billion turnover from Turkish suppliers between 2020 and 2030.
Airbus has seven major industrial partners and subsidiaries in Turkey.
- Turkish Aerospace (TA) in Ankara is the single source supplier for Section 18 Fuselage Panels of the A320Family plus the A350 XWB Aileron work package, including full design and build responsibility.
- PFW - Havacılık Sanayi (HS) in Izmir assembles aerostructure components for the A320 Family aircraft including pressurized floor frames, auxiliary center tanks and ram air turbine housing. PFW also produces thousands of different tubes per month for the majority of Airbus aircraft types in addition to the A321 inboard flap assembly.
- Fokker Elmo is an Airbus industrial partner for harnesses. Since 2005, Fokker Elmo’s subsidiary in Izmir has manufactured the A400M wing electrical harnesses as a single source supplier and produces the A330neo pylon harness.
- In 2012, the worldwide Airbus Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Network welcomed Turkish Technic as a new member. Turkish Technic, has decades of experience in maintaining commercial aircraft, and their new HABOM maintenance facilities at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport will further enhance the customers’ choice of services in one of the fastest growing aviation regions in the world.
- TSI and TCI received full support from Airbus to develop seats and galleys for the Turkish Airlines fleet.
- Airbus and Turkish Technic have signed a long-term component pool agreement for the A350 aircraft fleet of Turkish Airlines in April 2021.
- The Second Air Supply and Maintenance Base (FASBAT) for A400M has openned in Kayseri in July 2021. Operations called “retrofit“ of the strategic transport aircraft A400M.
Airbus would like to become part of the Turkish space industry as a long-term partner for the future by supporting space projects today and is ready and willing to partner with Turkey not only for telecommunication satellites but also for the upcoming military intelligence satellite projects such as the replacement of Gokturk-1 EO Satellite of Turkish Air Force.
Airbus is pioneering sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. The company’s sustainability commitments guide and ensure that all the decisions can contribute to a healthier environment and stronger communities. And it’s constantly innovating to provide the most efficient and technologically advanced solutions in commercial aircrafts, helicopters, satellites, defence and connected services.
Airbus’ global market forecast predicts that over the next 20 years the passenger traffic to, from and within Turkey will more than treble. Airbus is extremely well positioned to meet this demand with our eco-efficient, modern family of aircraft, and Turkish aerospace companies are well positioned to benefit from this growth through long-term industrial partnerships with Airbus.
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