Turkish Airlines and Boeing Sign Long-Term Collaboration Agreement
Companies’ Strategic Alliance Agreement will support development of Turkey’s largest airline and the aerospace industry of our country
Dubai, UAE; 31 January 2016: Turkish Airlines and Boeing, building on their 70-year relationship, today signed a collaboration agreement that will strengthen Turkish Airlines’ long-term industry leadership, as well as Turkey’s aerospace and technology capabilities. In the agreement, Turkish Airlines and Boeing identified several potential areas of new cooperation, expanding on Boeing’s already-significant investment with Turkish industry.
Turkish Airlines Chairman M.Ilker Ayci and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President CEO Ray Conner signed the Strategic Alliance Agreement during a visit by the airline’s executives to Seattle for the delivery of their new Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) and two Next-Generation 737-800s.
“Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s leading carriers that established its position through strategic investment in its fleet, product and network resulting in impressive passenger growth figures. With today’s signing we deepen our relationship with one of the leading brands in the aerospace industry, our long-term partner Boeing, and continue to seek new, innovative ways to grow Turkish Airlines,” said M.Ilker Ayci, Chairman, Turkish Airlines.
“Boeing is proud to further our strong, committed relationship with Turkish Airlines in ways that support both companies’ profitable growth and Turkey’s long-term development,” Conner said: “Together, Boeing and Turkish Airlines will identify and develop new, mutually beneficial business opportunities that build on and complement our mutual strengths.”
Suppliers across Turkey currently support all five Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs delivering Turkish-made components valued at more than $120 million annually. Building on these strong industrial ties, the new agreement between Boeing and Turkish Airlines identified several additional areas of long-term cooperation. They include development and training, activities to enable the global competitiveness of Turkey’s aviation manufacturers, and support for Turkey’s research and technology capabilities and aerospace infrastructure.
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.
Many new airlines companies which have been established after the way was paved for the development of civil aviation, have also flown the Boeing 727, 757, MD-80 and the most modern 737 and 777 airplanes. Turkish Technic, a subsidiary of the airline, is a world-class maintenance center for Boeing 737 airplanes, with certifications from regulatory authorities throughout the region and beyond.
The Boeing Company has maintained a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey since the mid-1940s. In addition to providing commercial jetliners, Boeing is a supplier of defense products to the Turkish armed forces and a significant and trusted partner of the Turkish aerospace industry.
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 298 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to more than 284 destinations worldwide with 235 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 this year awarded the world's "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the Skytrax survey. Currently with 7 US gateways, Turkish Airlines offers 63 flights per week, serving some 5,000 customers. In October 2015, Turkish Airlines added daily flights from Miami, and in May 2016, daily flights from Atlanta will begin. 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.