Boeing and Turkish Airlines (THY) have announced that the Istanbul-based carrier has exercised options for 15 Next-Generation 737s. The order, comprised of 10 737-800s and five 737-900ERs, has an average list-price value of more than US$1.2 billion.
Boeing has received orders from 14 customers for a total of 305 737-900ERs, the newest member of the 737 family. The higher capacity, longer-range derivative of the 737-900 was launched in July 2005 and is said to offer six percent lower operating costs per trip and four percent lower operating costs per seat mile than competing models.
Boeing will deliver all of Turkish Airlines new Next-Generation 737s with the new Boeing Sky Interior. The new interior features larger overhead stowage bins with a new pivoting design that provides more open space in the cabin. Other features include mood lighting with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), sculpted sidewalls and curving architecture.
“Today’s 737 order is another important step in our partnership with Turkish Airlines,” said Marlin Dailey, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The new Boeing Sky Interior, combined with the 737’s industry-leading reliability and superior operating efficiency, provides the perfect tool for Turkish Airlines to continue its successful network expansion.”
“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