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.
- Turkish Airlines eyes 747-8, A380 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Boeing, Emirates Announce Order for 30 Boeing 777-300ERs. (planenews.com)
- UPDATE 1-Boeing takes orders for 30 planes in latest week (reuters.com)