Turkish Airlines Takes Former WOW Air A330.
Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of another A330 from bankrupt WOW Air. FlightRadar24 showed the aircraft at Instanbul Ataturk Airport where it underwent maintenance before flying for 11 minutes to reach Istanbul Airport, just northwest of the main city.
The 68th Airbus A330 for Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines owns a rather substantial fleet of Airbus A330. It’s the third-most-popular aircraft that the airline uses behind the Airbus A321 and the Boeing 737NG. The latest A330-300 comes from bankrupt air carrier WOW Air and made its way to Istanbul Airport on 27th December 2019. The aircraft TC-LOL is specifically a -343 variant and was registered with WOW as TF-GAY. It was undergoing maintenance at Istanbul Ataturk Airport before making its way to the main international airport.
Despite news of the new delivery, Turkish Airlines has not announced the aircraft’s arrival. That might be because Turkish Airlines already adopted the aircraft into its fleet back in August 2019. When WOW Air ceased operations in March 2019, the three A330-300 aircraft that it had were returned to their respective lessors. According to Air Fleets, TF-GAY was officially instated into the Turkish Airlines fleet on 8th August 2019 after being in storage since January and leased from ICBC Leasing. But the airline has not officially accepted the aircraft until now. The aircraft will join another 40 A330-300 aircraft in the Turkish Airlines fleet.