Turkish Airlines Exercises Options for 15 Boeing 737s

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Turkish Airlines has exercised options for 15 Next-Generation Boeing 737s.

The order, comprised of 10 Boeing 737-800s and 5 Boeing 737-900ERs, has an average list-price value of more than $1.2 billion.

Boeing has now received orders from 14 customers for a total of 305 737-900ERs, the newest member of the 737 family. The higher capacity, longer-range derivative of the 737-900 was launched in July 2005.

Boeing will deliver all of Turkish Airlines new Next-Generation 737s with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

"These new Boeing 737 aircraft will help us to reach even more cities and build a truly global network," said Turkish Airlines CEO, Dr. Temel Kotil. "We are very eager to have these new aircraft join the Turkish Airlines fleet - increasing efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort."

Today's operators fly 737s that are 5% more fuel efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s and additional improvements are on the way. Boeing's performance improvement package is expected to boost fuel efficiency by a further 2% through aerodynamic and engine changes. The improvements to the airframe and engine are expected to be in service between mid-2011 and early 2012 and will be incorporated into the 15 aircraft ordered by Turkish Airlines.

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