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September 25, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Turkish Airlines, which plans to fly to Sydney next year, intends to buy 40 B787-9 Dreamliners, the longer version of the popular new-generation Boeing plane.

The deal is reportedly valued at USD 10.8 billion at Boeing list prices and the carrier may well use B787-9s to serve Sydney.

“The 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced airplane in the world,” Turkish Airlines chairman and president, İlker Aycı stated.

“Our intent to purchase these Dreamliners is to meet the demand for wide-body airplanes at the 3rd Airport, further strengthen our fleet capacity on the 100th anniversary of the Republic and to enhance passenger satisfaction.”

The references are to Istanbul’s new airport, which will replace Attaturk International airport as the city’s major gateway facility when it opens in the final quarter of 2018, and to the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, which will be celebrated in 2023.

Turkish Airlines, national carrier of Turkey and one of the world’s widest-ranging airlines, is said to serve more countries than any other airline in the world. It confirmed last week it is preparing to extend its flight network to Sydney in 2018.

“We would have started flying to Sydney last year but we had faced many problems such as terror and the coup attempt,” Aycı told the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s longest-established current English-language daily.

“Therefore, we had postponed it. Next year, we will fly there for sure.”

Turkish Airlines could well use the long-range B787-9 to fly to Sydney.

“Turkish Airlines is a great partner, and we value their confidence in us and the 787 Dreamliner,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive, Kevin McAllister, commented on the Turkish flag carrier’s preference for the Dreamliner.

Boeing and the Turkish government also announced the Boeing Turkey National Aerospace Initiative, which is designed to support the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry, in conjunction with the targets set by Turkey’s Vision 2023, and strengthen Boeing’s presence in the market.

“Boeing’s relationship with Turkey spans more than 70 years and we have outstanding long-term partnerships,” Ray Conner, Boeing vice chairman, said.

“Working together with Turkey, we are now taking our collaboration to the next level, which will accelerate the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry while achieving Boeing’s long-term objective to expand its presence in the marketplace.”

The initiative outlines a strategic framework that aligns Boeing investment and programs with the government, Turkish airlines, aerospace service companies and industry suppliers in the areas of research, engineering and skills development. It reflects Boeing’s confidence in the long-term outlook for Turkey as a significant market and a leading global industry participant.

Boeing has maintained a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey since the 1940s. Boeing is a provider of commercial jetliners to Turkish airlines and a significant and trusted partner of the Turkish aerospace industry.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Turkish Airlines is today a four-star airline with a fleet of 299 passenger and cargo aircraft..

Turkish Airlines won the 2017 Skytrax “World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge”, “Best Business Class Onboard Catering”, “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and “Best Airline in Southern Europe”.

Written by Peter Needham

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