Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) yesterday (May 11) celebrated a milestone with the delivery of the airline’s 125th airplane purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900 ER (TC-JYO, msn 42013) – and one of 12 airplanes the Turkish flag-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 777-300 ERs and 737 Next-Generation airplanes.
Copyright Photo below: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Boeing 737-9F2 ER TC-JYM (msn 42011) taxies at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) Boeing 737-9F2 ER TC-JYA (msn 40973), pictured above, was reportedly slightly damaged at Kano, Nigeria on Tuesday night (July 22) as it was being refueled. The fuel truck, which was refueling the airliner, suddenly caught on fire. The Boeing 737 was quickly pulled out of the way and the passengers were safely evacuated, just in time. The aircraft was in-transit from Kano to N’djamena, Chad as flight TK 587. The flight was cancelled pending an inspection for any damages.
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Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-9F2 ER N973TK (msn 40973) became TC-JYA when it was handed over on December 9, 2011.
Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) today is celebrating two important milestones. The company issued this statement today:
Turkish Airlines has secured the number one spot according to the Official Airline Guide (OAG) in terms of the number of countries it services. The airline now flies to 90 countries around the globe, more than any other airline in the world. More than thirty new routes have been added this year alone and with 205 destinations to date, the airline continues its expansion plans into Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
In addition to this recent announcement, Turkish Airlines today reached another milestone after adding its 200th aircraft. The Boeing 737-900 – the airlines’ ninth – is the newest addition to its continuously expanding fleet.
The new 737 – adorned with a special “200th Aircraft” sticker – recently debuted at Turkish Airlines’ main hub at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish Airlines executives, employees, and members of the media celebrated the plane’s unveiling at a ceremony which took place at the new Turkish Technic hangar before the aircraft took flight.
“As a company, we continue to achieve our goals one at a time,” stated Hamdi Topcu, Turkish Airlines chairman, during the event. “We first celebrated the arrival of our 100th aircraft and now we have reached our next goal of 200 aircraft in our fleet. Our next goal, as we continue to expand, is 300.”
In October, Turkish Airlines ordered 15 Airbus A330-300s. Those planes are scheduled to be delivered between 2014 and 2016.
“I am more than optimistic that we will reach our goal to become the world’s largest airline network by 2023,” furthered Temel Kotil, Ph.D., Turkish Airlines President and CEO. “We intend to become a five-star airline and the leading carrier in our region, home to 1.5 billion people.
Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines. Boeing 737-9F2 ER TC-JYI (msn 40985) “Mugla” was accepted on November 8, 2012 and now wears this special sticker.