Turkish Airlines has received the first of up to 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Turkish national flag carrier has placed 25 firm + 5 optional orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner and they will be added to its fleet between 2019 and 2023.
Turkish Airlines’ Dreamliner has seating capacity for 300 passengers, including 270 economy class seats and 30 business class seats.
The airline plans to use the aircraft to operate new non-stop international routes from Turkey to Bali, Bogota-Panama, Washington and Atlanta.
The first 787-9 Dreamliner flight will fly from Istanbul to Antalya on July 8th 2019 and its first international flight will be from Istanbul to Denpasar (Bali) on July 17.
It will carry passengers on a number of routes through the summer, including London, Dubai, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Mexico City, Cancun, Bali, Amsterdam, Delhi, Panama City, and Bogota.
By the end of August 2019, six 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will be operational and servicing international routes.
The Dreamliners feature 30 all-new Business Class seats.
Layout is 1-2-1 and each seat has aisle access, enhanced privacy panels and personal closed stowage space.
Each has forty-four-inch legroom and a 180 full flat 76-inch seat bed length, 18-inch HD video display and touchscreen remote control.
Economy class has seats with 31 inch legroom, 6 inch recline, 12 inch HD screens in the first 6 aircraft and 13 inch HD screens after.
M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee:
“Turkish Airlines has been committed to continuously expanding its range of services on and off-ground as it grows in reach and fly to more international destinations than any other carrier in the world. With this goal in mind, we’re thrilled to reach new horizons with the addition of the 787-9 Dreamliner to our fleet flying from our new home, Istanbul Airport.
“The aircraft’s advanced technology, fuel efficiency, and passenger-centric cabin design will all help us remain the first choice for travellers and provide our loyal flyers across the globe with a best-in-class experience for years to come.”
Turkish Airlines inflight entertainment
In March 2019, Turkish Airlines announced that its passengers have 48 hours of free access to PressReader’s catalog, starting 24 hours before their flight. They’ll also get access to PressReader in select Turkish Airlines lounges around the world when connected to lounge WiFi.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
More than 80 customers around the world have ordered more than 1,400 Dreamliners since the program’s introduction. The 787 Dreamliner allows airlines to reduce fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent and serve far-away destinations. The combination of fuel efficiency and long range has helped airlines flying the 787 family of airplanes save more than 36 billion pounds (16 billion kilograms) of fuel and open more than 235 non-stop routes.
The 787-9 can fly 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km) in addition to carrying more cargo and allowing airlines to profitably grow routes. The airplane allows operators to achieve better fuel efficiency per seat compared to the previous airplanes in its class.
N.B. Image credit: Boeing