Boeing delivers record number of airplanes to Turkish Airlines
Flag carrier to receive 26 777s and 737s in 2016
Dubai, UAE; 2 May 2016: Boeing is set to deliver a record number of airplanes this year to Turkey’s flag-carrier, Turkish Airlines. In total, the carrier will take delivery of six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2016.
Ahmet Bolat, Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Turkish Airlines said: “Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s ascendant airlines and an established global network carrier. It has achieved this through various significant investments as evident in its fleet which now stands at over 310 and growing. The delivery of a further 26 Boeing aircraft this year, which forms a substantial part of our long-haul and short-haul fleets, is integral to Turkish’s continued growth and we look forward to introducing the new planes on our domestic and international network.”
The Next-Generation 737's market success has been confirmed by investors who consistently rank it as one of the most preferred single-aisle airplanes due to its wide market base, superior efficiency and lowest operating costs in its class. To date, more than 7,000 Next-Generation 737s have been ordered by the world's leading airlines.
Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: “We are pleased that Turkish Airlines continues to show faith in Boeing’s products and services. We have a strong relationship with the airline and are honored that we continue to play a key part in supporting its ambitious growth plans.”
Turkish Airlines and Boeing share a long history that goes back to 1945 with the arrival of the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners. Turkish Airlines entered the jet age in the late 1960s when the airline began operating DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 707 airplanes.
Over the years, Turkish carriers have also flown the Boeing 727, 757, MD-80 and the most modern 737 and 777 airplanes. Turkish Technic, a prominent subsidiary of the airline, is a world-class maintenance center for Boeing 737 airplanes, with certifications from regulatory authorities throughout the region and beyond.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 312 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to more than 285 destinations worldwide with 236 international and 49 domestic. According to a 2015 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world's "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was awarded the world's "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the 2015 Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.