Turkish Airlines plans $3bn investment

TurkishTurkish Airlines posted a 2014 net profit that almost tripled on Wednesday and unveiled plans to invest more than $3 billion mostly on its fleet, partly financed by a bond issue in the coming months.
Net profit rose to 1.82 billion lira ($739 million) from 683 million lira and in line with a Reuters poll forecast of 1.81 billion. Sales rose 29 percent to 24.1 billion.
The airline said it and its subsidiaries planned around $3.74 billion in new investment this year, most of it on increasing its 261 fleet of aircraft.
Chairman Hamdi Topcu told a news conference that the company was in the final stages of a planned bond issue to diversify its sources of aircraft financing and that the issue was expected to be completed in the first half of the year.
The bond would be at least $500 million and could reach a volume of $2-3 billion with a maturity of up to 14 years, Chief Financial Officer Coskun Kilic said, adding that it would be used to finance existing aircraft as well as new planes.
Topcu said Turkish Airlines was in the early stage of talks with Malaysia Airlines over leasing aircraft.
He said the carrier would need larger Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 aircraft in the future but no management decision had yet been taken.
A senior executive at the airline said in January that it was considering expanding its fleet and was studying a list of Boeing and Airbus models including the double-decker A380.

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