Flag carrier to receive twenty-six 777s and 737s in 2016Boeing is set to deliver a record number of airplanes this year to Turkey’s flag-carrier, Turkish Airlines. In total, the airline will take delivery of six 777-300ERs and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s in 2016.
“Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s leading airlines and an established global network carrier. The airline has achieved this accolade through various investments in its fleet, which subsequently now stands at over 310 and growing,” said Ahmet Bolat, Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Turkish Airlines. “The delivery of a further 26 Boeing aircrafts this year, which will form a substantial part of our long-haul and short-haul fleets, are integral to Turkish Airlines continued growth. 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 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.
“We are pleased that Turkish Airlines’ continues to show faith in Boeing’s products and services,” said Monty Oliver, vice president, European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “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.