Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of its first 777-300ER aircraft from American manufacturer Boeing, marking a significant milestone for the flag-carrier.
The new airplane is Turkish Airlines’ first 777 directly purchased from Boeing and the first of 12 777-300ERs on order from the company.
Moreover, the new aircraft will serve as the platform for introducing Turkish Airlines’ new Comfort Class cabin for the first time.
“Turkish Airlines continues to grow as a global airline with the 777 helping us to expand into new markets in Asia and the Americas,” said Hamdi Topcu, chairman of Turkish Airlines.
“The addition of new Boeing 777-300ERs exemplifies our commitment to delivering high quality service and comfort to our passengers, while enabling us to continue our profitable growth.”
Turkish Airlines was recently recognised by the World Travel Awards as Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class at a gala ceremony.
The 777-300ER brings new twin-engine efficiency to the airline’s long-haul fleet.
The airplane is powered by General Electric GE90-115BLs, the world’s largest and most powerful commercial jet engines.
“Turkish Airlines has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to set world-class standards for their operations,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 777-300ER is a great choice for Turkish, as the 777’s high efficiency, spacious cabin, and industry-leading reliability combine to help the airline provide a superior passenger experience.”
With this delivery, Boeing is scheduled to deliver four additional 777-300ERs to Turkish Airlines by the end of 2010.
Also in Turkey today, World Mobi launched its new city guide to Istanbul.
World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Istanbul.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, transport, and weather.
City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.