Aircraft Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) plans to launch a regional airliner within the next five years that will be all-composite. They are researching potential for 100 plus seat passenger aircraft in a five-year time span after the launch of the airliner. Chief executive Temel Kotil stated he was setting a different timeline for the aircraft than the airline, because his workers will have more experience after these next five years. Due to all the needed information and knowledge that passenger aircrafts require to build, only after that five-year timeline can they start developing the passenger aircrafts. Their focus for now is on defense, and that is something they are very successful with for the time being. Not only will the decade long plan have 100 plus seat aircrafts, but these aircrafts will be made from full-composite materials.
The only downside to the Turkish Aerospace Industries’ plans, is that they get in the way of a Turkish regional aircraft program lead by the SNC, a US firm Sierra Nevada. The SNC has gone far in their planning, they have certain certificates that are needed along with already choosing Pratt & Whitney Canada as their supplier of engines. They have even put in order with Pratt & Whitney so far in advanced, their orders are spanning into 2019. If TAI’s plan intrudes on SNC’s plans. it could cost SNC a lot of money and time that they cannot afford to lose. TAI and the Turkish government have been in contact in the past, and there was mention of them working together, but luckily for SNC nothing was ever finalized.
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