Turkish Airlines said Chief Executive Temel Kotil will remain in his post and plans to lead negotiations with trade unions, following a board meeting to consider his future after Kotil was suspended from office.
Temel Kotil, chief executive officer of Turk Hava Yollari AO or Turkish Airlines, suspended from duties amid dispute with Chairman Hamdi Topcu, Milliyet says citing unidentified executives at the carrier. * Decision may relate to disagreements over the reversal of a ban on hostesses wearing makeup, or over how to handle a strike threat by employees after 305 people were fired: Milliyet * Board to meet early in coming week to resolve situation: Milliyet * Co.’s financial chief Coskun Kilic may take over as acting CEO: Milliyet
Turkish Airlines, which will more than double its fleet by the start of next decade, said it’s delaying a possible order for jumbo jets for at least two years as it focuses on expanding its network with smaller airliners.
Turkish Airlines staff will strike by May 23 if demands regarding pay and working hours aren’t met, according to the Hava-Is union, which says 212 jet orders in four weeks show the carrier has the means to improve conditions.
Turkish Airlines placed an order for 70 Boeing Co. 737 short-haul jetliners plus 25 options with a potential list price of $9.4 billion, less than a month after agreeing to purchase the rival A320 plane from Airbus SAS.
Airbus SAS won an order from Turkish Airlines for 82 A320-series planes worth $9.3 billion at list prices, capping a week in which it also sealed a deal from Deutsche Lufthansa AG for 100 of the single-aisle jets.