Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of it 75th
direct delivery of a Boeing 737 airplane.
The 737-800 arrived at
Turkish Airlines' base at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Saturday
and is the latest addition to the Southern European carrier's
growing fleet of more than 100 Boeing airplanes.
"As one of
the world's fastest growing airlines we are delighted to be taking
this meaningful delivery from Boeing. Turkish Airlines, which has
reinforced its position and energy with significant investments
and growth figures, continues its expansion," said Dr. Ahmet Bolat,
Turkish Airlines' chief investment and technology officer. "The
75th direct delivery of a Next-Generation 737 airplane is proving
one more time the success of our strong collaboration with our
permanent partner, Boeing."
The Next-Generation 737-800
forms the largest component of Turkish Airlines' single-aisle
fleet, which is also complemented by Next-Generation 737-700s and
737-900ERs (Extended Range). This latest delivery comes just weeks after
Boeing celebrated the 8,000th 737 delivery.
Airlines' short-haul fleet is built upon the impressive economics,
reliability and comfort of the Next-Generation 737 family," said
Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "This delivery marks a significant milestone in the
strong relationship between our two companies that spans half a
century. We look forward to marking the next 75 737 deliveries
with Turkish Airlines, which will include our latest and most
advanced single-aisle offering, the 737 MAX."
Airlines' latest 737-800 also features some of the first galleys
manufactured by Turkish Cabin Interiors (TCI). TCI is the first
Turkish aerospace company to design, manufacture and certify
products for the commercial aviation market, paving the way for
the ongoing development of aerospace capabilities in Turkey.
"In cooperation with Boeing we have developed many innovative
projects in varied fields of the commercial aviation sector – the
most recent being the development of TCI for cabin interior
design," said Dr. Bolat. "We worked meticulously in every process
of this huge project by taking the valuable support of Boeing. We
hope to continue making such breakthroughs together with our
Last year, Turkish Airlines reaffirmed
its commitment to the 737 family by ordering 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737
MAX 9s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at $6.9 billion at list prices. The order was the largest Boeing order in Turkish
Turkish Airlines currently serves 247 cities in
106 countries around the world.
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