Thu, Sep 30, 2004
Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Contract for 15 Boeing
Boeing and Turkish Airlines say
they’ve finalized a previously-announced order for 15 Boeing
Next-Generation 737-800 passenger airplanes, an agreement worth
$982.5 million at current list prices.
The Istanbul-based airline, Turkey’s flag carrier, will
use the airplanes to expand service and accommodate traffic growth.
The airline already operates 26 Boeing Next-Generation 737s, the
world’s best-selling airplane family.
"We are adding new destinations at the same time as we are
seeing rapid growth in passenger traffic on our current routes,"
said Turkish Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer
Abdurrahman Gundogdu. "Our Next-Generation 737s have been
economical to operate and shown excellent performance. These
airplanes will help us to meet this market growth."
Deliveries of the new airplanes begin next year. The 737-800s
will replace earlier 737 models and other airplanes in the
The 737 is the most technologically advanced single-aisle
airplane. Its flight deck features the latest liquid crystal
flat-panel displays and accommodates new communications and
"We are pleased that Turkish Airlines continues relying on the
performance and reliability of the 737-800 to support its
expansion," said Marlin Dailey, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice
president of sales for Europe and Central Asia. "Turkish Airlines
knows that their new airplanes will help them achieve continuing
profitability and provide reliable and comfortable service."
Turkish Airlines, which celebrated its 71st anniversary this
year, acquired its first Boeing 737 in 1991 and its first 737-800
in 1998. The carrier now has 45 Boeing 737s in its fleet. The
airline flies to 27 domestic and 76 international destinations. It
also is a leading provider of aviation technical services.
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