Turkish Airlines has announced the deployment of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from Istanbul Airport to Antalya on July 8, 2019. The airline will then operate an international flight from Istanbul to Denpasar on July 17, 2019. By the end of August 2019, the airline is set to be operational on international medium and long-haul routes including London, Dubai, Washington DC, New York, Atlanta, Mexico City, Cancun, Bali, Amsterdam, Delhi, Panama City, and Bogota. The airline will also expand its fleet up to 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircrafts between 2019 and 2023 which will be operational across 311 destinations in 124 countries.
The airline tweeted:
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has a seating capacity of 300 passengers, including 270 economy class seats and 30 business class seats. Regarded as one of the most advanced aircraft for its fuel efficiency and range flexibility, the Dreamliners can fly 14,140 km and carry more cargo as compared to the previous models.
The new aircraft features 1-2-1 configuration in business class and provides passengers aisle access, enhanced privacy panels, along with personal closed storage space, a self-care mirror, and wide cocktail table. The aircraft also offers a 44-inch legroom and a 180 degree full flat 76-inch seat bed length for all of the 30 business class seats. For its economy class seats, the airline is set to offer six-inch recline and 31-inch legroom with 12-inch and 13-inch HD screens.
İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines’ chairman of the board and the executive committee said, “Turkish Airlines has been committed to continuously expanding its range of services on and off-ground as it grows in reach and fly to more international destinations than any other carrier in the world. With this goal in mind, we’re thrilled to reach new horizons with the addition of the 787-9 Dreamliner to our fleet flying from our new home, Istanbul Airport.
“The aircraft’s advanced technology, fuel efficiency, and passenger-centric cabin design will all help us remain the first choice for travellers and provide our loyal flyers across the globe with a best-in-class experience for years to come.”