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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its first new Boeing 777-300ERs, prepares to return leased planes to Jet

Turkish Airlines THY took delivery of its first directly purchased 777-300ER from airframe manufacturer Boeing, registration TC-JJE.

It is the first of 12 777-300ERs the airline ordered in 2009. Currently the airline operates four 777-300ERs which it leased from India’s Jet Airways in late 2008.

Boeing is scheduled to deliver four additional 777-300ERs to Turkish Airlines by the end of 2010, which will enable the carrier to commence returning the leased aircraft to Jet Airways from July 2011 onwards. The last leased 777-300ER is due to be returned to Jet in November 2011.

The airplane is powered by General Electric GE90-115BLs, the world’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engines.

The new aircraft also features the economy plus cabin announced by Turkish Airlines called Comfort Class, but the premium passengers of Turkish Airlines are sure to miss the ultra luxurious first class suites and herringbone lie flat business class on the four aircraft leased from Jet.

It is not sure what Jet Airways will do with the four aircraft once they are returned. Bulk of the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet is leased out to other carriers including Thai Airways.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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