Turkish Airlines Orders 15 Next-Generation Boeing 737s

Posted on 1 April 2011

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER Picture

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER

Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced on 1 April 2011 that the Istanbul-based carrier has exercised options for 15 Next-Generation 737s (10 737-800s & 5 737-900ERs).

Boeing says it has orders from 14 customers for 305 737-900ERs, the newest version of the 737. The high capacity and long-range derivative of the 737-900 was launched July 2005. The 737-900ER offers 6 percent lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs per seat mile than competing models, says Boeing.

All of Turkish Airlines new Next-Generation 737s include the Boeing Sky Interior. The new design features larger overhead stowage bins that Boeing claims provides more open space in the cabin.

Passengers will see soft blue sky overhead simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The new interior also features sculpted sidewalls and window reveals to draw passengers’ eyes to the view outside the window, as well as cove lighting and curving architecture.

“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.”

Boeing claims that current operators fly 737s that are 5 percent more fuel efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s. The plane builder says its upcoming performance improvement package will boost fuel efficiency a further 2 percent through aerodynamic and engine changes. According to Boeing 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 THY.

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