Turkish Airlines has signed an order with Boeing
for five 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes valued at $1.36
billion at current list prices.
This is the first time Turkish Airlines
has purchased new 777s directly from Boeing. The airline currently
operates a fleet of 65 Boeing airplanes including Next-Generation
737s and leased 777-300ERs.
"The 777-300ER will
provide Turkish Airlines with exceptional fuel economy, efficiency
and reliability, combined with unmatched levels of payload and
range," said Aldo Basile, vice president of Sales for Europe,
Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "It will
also help Turkey build on its position as a rapidly growing market
of international importance."
The Boeing 777-300ER
can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class
configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles
(14,685 km). Fifty-six customers around the
world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.
Airlines is one of the fastest growing and prosperous airlines in
the world. It carries approximately 20 million passengers a year,
with direct flights to 108 international and 33 domestic
destinations. The airline was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five
airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers. The airline made
its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international
flight in 1947.
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