Turkish Airlines has finalized a firm order for 40 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 10 Boeing 737 MAX 9s and 20 Boeing 737-800s.
The order, which Boeing values at $6.9 billion at list prices, was originally announced as a commitment last month. The deal also includes options for an additional 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets and is the largest Boeing order in Turkish Airlines’ history.
“We are delighted to finalize the order, which will considerably expand our fleet and contribute to our continued growth,” says Temel Kotil, PhD, president and CEO of Turkish Airlines.
“Turkish Airlines is a global airline, serving the most countries worldwide and we are building the strongest network in the world,” says Kotil. “Our long-standing partnership with Boeing is one of the key factors behind the success of Turkish Airlines.”
The May 14 Turkish Airlines announcement brings the total number of Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle jets ordered to date to 1,285 and Boeing currently has unfilled orders for more than 3,100 737s.
According to Boeing, airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 13 per cent fuel-use improvement over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft.
Turkish Airlines currently serves more than 220 cities in 99 countries around the world. In March, the carrier received its 100th direct delivery from Boeing and currently operates 737NGs and Boeing 777-300ER widebodies.
With the May 14 announcement, Turkish Airlines has 100 Boeing aircraft on order. These include Boeing 737NG jets, 737 MAXs and 777-300ERs.
Turkish Airlines’ Boeing order comes almost two months to the day after it placed an even larger order for Airbus single-aisle aircraft.
On March 15, Turkish Airlines placed an order for 53 Airbus A321neo aircraft, four A320neos and 25 A321 current engine option jets. The deal also includes options for 35 more A321neos.