Turkish Airlines recently celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the airline's 125th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER – and one of 12 aircraft the Turkish carrier will take delivery of this year.
Boeing and Turkish Airlines' relationship stretches back to 1968
when the airline first purchased one McDonnell Douglas DC-9. In 1974,
it began operating the first of the Boeing 7 Series, taking delivery
of two 727-200s. Since then, Turkish has grown to become one of the
world's leading carriers and currently operates a mix of Boeing
777-300ERs and 737 Next-Generation airplanes.
"Boeing has played a pivotal role in the development of
Turkish Airlines and these deliveries continue to enable this airline
to compete, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations
nonstop from our hubs in Istanbul," said Ahmet Bolat, Chief
Investment and Technology Officer, Turkish Airlines.
"We are incredibly proud of our long standing relationship
with Turkish Airlines, which now stretches back over 40 years with
over 100 777 and 737 airplanes delivered," commented Todd Nelp,
vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The Next-Generation 737-900ER is a short-to-medium range twinjet.