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25 SEPTEMBER 2017
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Fresh from unveiling an important Japan Air Lines order (see this issue) and projecting a demand for 4,210 new aircraft valued at $650bn over the next 20 years in South East Asia, Boeing last week landed a new deal with Turkish Airlines.
The two companies used a visit by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the UN in New York to announce a commitment by the carrier to order 40 Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners in what was seen as a reaction to tension between Turkey and the EU.
The agreement stops short of an actual order and the number of aircraft quoted indicates the details may change according to circumstances, but the announcement was welcomed warmly by Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker Ayci.
“Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in enhancing our passengers’ flight experience, as these aircraft are the latest and one of the most advanced in the world,” he said.
Further talks were planned to “finalise” the order, he added, but the deal was “set to play a key role in our growing business in the years to come, and we look forward to further continue our relationship with Boeing”.
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