Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first narrow-body aircraft having an internet system, A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration. Produced at the Airbus Facilities in Hamburg, Germany, the aircraft is the latest addition to the A320 Family.
This delivery is the first aircraft of 92 units of Airbus narrow body aircraft ordered in 2013 and it’s configuration is comprised of 20 seats in Business Class and 162 in Economy Class, 182 seats in total. 40 units of this order will be delivered in a configuration with a total of 190 seats, including 16 seats in Business Class and 174 in Economy Class.
Commenting on the first A321neo delivery, İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee said, “One of the most important components in reaching our 2023 targets is of course to constitute a sufficient and young fleet. Considering this fact, especially with the large-scale aircraft orders we have given to adequately support our expanding flight network, we aim to offer a comprehensive fleet capacity to our passengers all over the world.”
The new aircraft, after modifications in the fuselage, enables flexible cabin configurations for maximum 244 passengers with high density seat configuration arrangement, according to a press release. Compared to the previous A321 variant, the most visible modifications are a new rear section and a modified passenger door configuration, where the door located forward of the wing is removed and new overwing emergency exits in the centre section are introduced. The A321neo in Cabin Flex configuration is regarded as an option today and will become standard for all A321neos around 2020.
The A321neo also has an eco-friendly concept, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by 50%, and noise value by 75%. With over 1,900 orders to date, the aircraft offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent compared to A321 CEO from day one.
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