Boeing and Turkmenistan Airlines, the national carrier of Turkmenistan, today announced the airline’s plan to extend its long-haul operations by adding a fourth 777-200LR (Long Range) airplane to its fleet.
The commitment, valued at $346.9 million at list price, will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalized.
The new 777-200LR will be the 32nd airplane purchased by Turkmenistan Airlines from Boeing. Turkmenistan’s flag carrier, based in Ashgabat, operates 737, 757 and 777 aircraft models. The airline transports about 3,000 passengers daily in the country and nearly two million passengers annually on its international and domestic routes.
Turkmenistan Airlines on February 4, 2019 was banned by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) from flying in European airspace due to its safety non-compliance.
EASA stated the airline is suspended “pending confirmation that it meets international air safety standards”. Passengers were stranded.
The airline flies on a scheduled basis to Birmingham, Frankfurt, London (Heathrow) and Paris.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued this statement:
Following the decision on February 4, 2019, by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to suspend permission for Turkmenistan Airlines to operate services to the European Union, Turkmenistan Airlines flights from Birmingham and London Heathrow to Amritsar, and London Heathrow to Delhi – which fly via Ashgabat – are suspended with immediate effect.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority is required under European law to withdraw Turkmenistan Airlines’ permit to operate to the UK pending EASA‘s restoration of their approval that it meets international air safety standards.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Turkmenistan Airlines Boeing 757-23A EZ-A010 (msn 25345) IST (TMK Photography). Image: 944521.
Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) has delivered a 777-200 LR (Longer Range) (777-22K LR EZ-A778, msn 42296) passenger aircraft to Turkmenistan’s national flag carrier, Turkmenistan Airlines (Ashgabat). The airplane is the first of two new 777-200 LRs Turkmenistan Airlines has on order. The delivery coincided with the opening of a new terminal at the Ashgabat International airport.
Previously Turkmenistan took delivery of the pictured 777-22K LR EZ-A777 (msn 39548) on August 31, 2010.
Turkmenistan Airlines’ fleet modernization plan started in 1992 when the airline became the first in the Commonwealth of Independent States to order airplanes from Boeing. The airplane will join Turkmenistan’s fleet of airplanes, which currently include seven 717-200s, three 737-300s, four 737-700s, five 737-800s and four 757-200s.