JEDDAH: 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.”
He said: “The carries has achieved this through various significant investments as evident in its fleet which now stands at over 310 and growing.”
Bolat sai: “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.