Turkish Airlines has finalized an order for 10 Boeing 737-800s and 10 737-900ER (Extended Range) aircraft, in a deal Boeing values at $1.6 billion at current list prices.
The airline already operates a fleet of 66 Boeing jets, including 58 Next-Generation 737s. The order was posted previously to Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries Web site as being from an unidentified customer.
The 737-900ER will be the latest 737 family member to join the Turkish Airlines fleet, which already features four 737-400s, seven 737-700s and 51 737-800s.
The 737-900ER is the newest member of the 737 family, combining aerodynamic and other design changes to provide room for up to 215 passengers.
“The 737-800 is the backbone of the Turkish Airlines fleet and proves its value on a daily basis offering unmatched levels of efficiency and reliability,” says Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737-900ER will fit seamlessly into Turkish Airlines’ operations, sharing the same pilots, systems and nearly 100 per cent spares commonality with the airline’s current Next-Generation 737 fleet.”
All of the 20 new Next-Generation 737s for Turkish Airlines will be fitted with the latest 737 Boeing Sky Interior. Based on the cabin design of the 787 Dreamliner, the all-new Sky Interior features soft blue overhead lighting, contemporary sculpted sidewalls and window reveals that draw passengers’ eyes to the aircraft’s windows, giving passengers a greater connection to the flying experience.
The new Sky Interior design offers larger, pivoting overhead stowage bins that add to the openness of the cabin. The bins give more passengers room to store carry-on luggage near their own seats.
Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s fastest-growing and more prosperous airlines. It carries approximately 25 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 120 international and 37 domestic destinations. The airline was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft that carried a total of 28 passengers. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947.