- Title: FRANCE: TURKISH AIRLINES TO BUY 51 AIRBUS AND BOEING PLANES.
- Date: 22nd July 2004
- Summary: (W7) PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 21, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. MV/GV: AIRBUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE NOEL FORGEARD SHAKING HANDS WITH FRENCH BUSINESSMEN; AIRBUS REPRESENTATIVES AND BUSINESSMEN STANDING (2 SHOTS) 0.06 2. GV: TURKISH BUSINESSMEN ARRIVING IN SIGNING ROOM (2 SHOTS) 0.16 3. GV: TURKISH AIRLINES CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER CANDAN KARLITEKIN (LEFT) AND AIRBUS CHIEF EXECUTIVE NOEL FORGEARD (RIGHT) STANDING IN FRONT OF TABLE 0.19 4. GV/PAN: FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC AND TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN ARRIVING 0.23 5. GV/ZOOM IN/MV: CHIRAC SHAKING NOEL FORGEARD AND CANDAN KARLITEKIN'S HANDS, ERDOGAN SHAKING FORGEARD AND KARLITEKIN'S HANDS; GERMAN VICE MINISTER OF ECONOMY DITMAR STAFFELT SHAKING FORGEARD AND KARLITEKIN'S HANDS 0.44 6. LV: CHIRAC, ERDOGAN, FORGEARD, KARLITEKIN AND STAFFELT 0.46 7. GV/MV: KARLITEKIN (LEFT) AND FORGEARD (RIGHT) SITTING AND SIGNING DRAFT AGREEMENT; FORGEARD SIGNING; KARLITEKIN SIGNING; ERDOGAN AND CHIRAC WATCHING; KARLITEKIN AND FORGEARD GETTING UP AND EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS, HANDSHAKE, APPLAUSE (2 SHOTS) 1.40 8. LV/ZOOM IN/GV: CHIRAC AND KARLITEKIN HANDSHAKE; ERDOGAN AND FORGEARD HANDSHAKE; ERDOGAN AND GERMAN VICE MINISTER OF ECONOMY DITMAR STAFFELT SHAKING HANDS; CHIRAC AND ERDOGAN HANDSHAKE 2.05 9. MV: ALL LEAVING ROOM 2.14 10. GV/ZOOM IN MV/PAN: CHIRAC AND ERDOGAN COMING OUT, HANDSHAKE ON DOORSTEP; CHIRAC AND ERDOGAN WALKING TO CAR, HANDSHAKE; CAR LEAVING, CHIRAC WAVING 2.57 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
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- Story Text: Turkish Airlines to buy 51 Airbus and Boeing planes.
Turkish Airlines announced on Wednesday (July 21)
that it is to buy 36 Airbus and 15 Boeing arcraft in what
will be the largest fleet expansion in the company's
During an official ceremony at the Elysee Palace,
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan oversaw the
signing of a preliminary agreement for the purchase of the
nineteen A320s, twelve A321s and five A330-200s.
The Turkish national carrier said in a statement it
planned to hold talks with financiers on how to raise the
funding for its purchase but said it was confident it could
raise the money.
Airbus said the 36 planes Turkey planned to buy were
worth 3 billion U.S. dollars before the discounts that are
common in the industry.
Turkish Airlines, which is 98.17 percent owned by the
state, has decided to place such a large order on the basis
of strong 2003 profits of 200 million U.S. dollars and full
capacity on domestic flights.
During his three-day visit to France Turkish Prime
Minister Erdogan tried to persuade a relatively sceptical
France to back Ankara's bid to join the European Union and
the state airline's decision to buy mostly Airbuses may be
seen by some as political, though Airbus denied that.
EU leaders will decide in December, on the basis of a
report from the European Commission, whether to open entry
talks with Turkey, a relatively poor Muslim country of 70
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