Turkish Airlines’ first 787 takes off

Boeing 787-9 Turkish Airlines Image by Boeing

Boeing delivered on 28 June the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Turkish Airlines, which plans to use on non-stop international routes.

Turkish Airlines has announced that up to 30 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will join the airlines’ fleet over the next four years, and each will feature the carrier’s all-new Business Class Cabins. The Turkish national flag carrier had placed 25 firm + 5 optional orders in last year for the 787-9 Dreamliner, which will be gradually added to its expanding fleet – the youngest in the world – between 2019 and 2023.

Regarded as one of the most advanced aircraft for its fuel efficiency and range flexibility, the 787-9 Dreamliner will open new routes for Turkish Airlines, reinforcing its status as the carrier that flies to more countries than any other. The new aircraft will offer passengers refined comfort during the longest journeys across 311 destinations in 124 countries.

Turkish Airlines’ Dreamliner has a seating capacity for 300 passengers, including 270 economy class seats and 30 business class seats.

The first 787-9 Dreamliner flight will depart from the new home of Turkish Airlines, Istanbul Airport (IST), to Antalya on 8 July, and its first international flight will be from Istanbul to Denpasar (Bali) on 17 July, one of the new routes to be added to the network for 2019. Following those, it will continue to carry passengers on a number of medium and long-haul exotic routes through the summer. They include routes into London, Dubai, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Mexico City, Cancun, Bali, Amsterdam, Delhi, Panama City, and Bogota.

— Boeing/Turkish Airlines