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Turkish Airlines may delay delivery of Boeing, Airbus planes: report

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Turkish Airlines (THY), which halted nearly all of its passenger flights as a result of the coronavirus crisis, may delay the delivery of some Boeing and Airbus planes, its chairman was quoted as saying on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The carrier plans to begin some domestic flights on June 4 and some international flights on June 10 as airlines worldwide try to get planes flying again after a global travel slump.

But THY Chairman İlker Aycı said in an interview with Turkey’s Hürriyet newspaper that the impact of the coronavirus could last up to five years and that it would take a while to reach 2019 load factor levels.

Turkish Airlines had received half of its order for 25 Boeing 787-9 planes, he said, adding that the delivery of the rest could be delayed.

The airline is in talks to take delivery of Airbus 350-900s that are ready from an order of 25, and that it was working to delay the delivery of the rest, he said.

“We are trying to lighten the serious loads that could arise. We are getting our narrow-body planes.”

Aycı said THY would no longer offer free in-flight food and drinks on domestic flights and other flights shorter than two hours.

He also repeated that the company would try to maintain employment but that salaries would have to be adjusted, with the aim of keeping workers at least employed.

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