Thursday afternoon, Istanbul, Turkey-based Turkish Airlines announced it plans on purchasing 40 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
At current list prices, the order is said to be worth roughly USD $11 billion. The 787 would be a brand new type for the airline, which has its’ leases expiring on their Airbus A330-300 aircraft and the A330-200 aircraft getting older.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is one of the longest-range, most efficient aircraft in the skies today, with 7,635 nm (14,140 km) of range, a Mach 0.85 cruising speed, and roughly 71,000 lbf on each of the aircrafts two General Electric GEnx-1B or Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines.
“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.”
Turkish Airlines noted that the demand for new wide-body types has grown, prompting the order. The airline plans on moving in to Istanbul’s third airport, which has yet to be named, within the next year. The new airport will be located in Arnavutkoy, located on the European side of the city.
Earlier this month, Boeing announced they would increase the 787 monthly production to 14 frames per month in 2019, leaving aviation enthusiasts and industry workers alike wondering what prompted this move.
It is already being speculated that the 787-9 will cover Turkish Airlines routes operated by the Airbus A330-300, which currently serves Male, Islamabad, Jeddah, Victoria, Moscow, Antalya, New York-JFK, Tashkent, Tokyo-Narita, Phuket, Dhaka, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Seoul, Washington, Boston, and Atlanta. The airline also operates Airbus A330-200’s, which serve the likes of Bogota, Caracas, Moscow, Antalya, Karachi, Lahore, Bishkek, and Guangzhou from the airlines’ main hub at Istanbul-Ataturk International Airport.
Along with preexisting routes, rumors are already circulating that the new, more capable 787-9 aircraft will serve new destinations that were previously either too far or too small to serve from Turkey. These cities include Sydney, Melbourne, Santiago, and other major metropolitan areas the airline does not already serve.
“The 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced airplane in the world,” said M. İlker Aycı, 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.”
Keep an eye out at Layoverhub for updates regarding the order and fleet analysis’ once the order is confirmed!