Turkish Airlines to buy 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

US praises Boeing Turkish Airlines deal

The company said in a statement that it had agreed to buy 25 Boeing B787-9 aircraft, known as the Dreamliner, and 25 Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Turkish Airlines will buy at least 50 wide-body aircraft from Airbus and Boeing as the flag carrier ramps up its ambitions ahead of a move to a new Istanbul airport. Together, these customers have now ordered more than 1,300 Dreamliners, the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in Boeing history.

The total number of passengers carried by Turkish Airlines rose by 26 percent, reaching 5.1 million passengers in February compared to the same month past year, the flag carrier said Monday.

"With Turkish Airlines serving more destinations than any other airline around the world, we are delighted to build our future on Airbus' all-new A350 XWB to support the development of our worldwide route-network from our Istanbul and Ankara hubs." said Turkish Airlines Chairman, M. Ilker Ayci. "This will accelerate the steady rise of our country's flag carrier and support the growth of Turkish Civil Aviation".

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Turkish Airlines has continued to expand its fleet of Boeing airplanes and has recently bought three more 777 Freighters to grow its stable of 777 jets. The airline also uses electronic charts and some other services from Boeing Global Services to further optimize its operations and operational systems.

The 787-9 model of a typical two-class configuration, which extends the Dreamliner family in capacity and range, can fly 290 passengers and up to 14,140 km.

In 2017, Turkish Airlines carried 68.6 million passengers.

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