Sept 22, 2017: Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier airline of Turkey has announced the intention to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners. Boeing and the Turkish government also announced the Boeing Turkey National Aerospace Initiative, which is designed to support the development of the Turkish aerospace industry, in conjunction with the targets set by Turkey's Vision 2023, and reinforce Boeing's presence in the market.
"The 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced airplane in the world," said M. ?lker Ayc?, chairman of the board and the executive committee, Turkish Airlines. "Our intent to purchase these Dreamliners is to meet the demand for wide-body airplanes at the 3rd Airport, further strengthen our fleet capacity on the 100th anniversary of the Republic and to enhance passenger satisfaction."
"Turkish Airlines is a great partner, and we value their confidence in us and the 787 Dreamliner," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister.
"Boeing's relationship with Turkey spans more than 70 years and we have outstanding long-term partnerships," said Ray Conner, Boeing vice chairman. "Working together with Turkey, we are now taking our collaboration to the next level, which will accelerate the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry while achieving Boeing's long-term objective to expand its presence in the marketplace."
The initiative outlines a strategic framework that aligns Boeing investment and programmes with the government, Turkish airlines, aerospace service companies and industry suppliers in the areas of research, engineering and skills development. Boeing has maintained a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey since the 1940s. The company is a provider of commercial jetliners to Turkish airlines and a major partner of the Turkish aerospace industry.