Boeing and Turkish Air. Ink Deal To Strengthen Long-term Industry Leadership

Boeing and Turkish Airlines, have signed an agreement to help both airlines strengthen their long-term industry leadership, as well as Turkey’s aerospace and technology capabilities.

Turkish Airlines,
Turkish Airlines,

Turkish Airlines and Boeing have entered into the long engagement after considering several potential areas of new cooperation, expanding on Boeing’s already-significant investment with Turkish industry.

Turkish Airlines,
Turkish Airlines,

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner and Turkish Airlines Chairman Ilker Ayci signed the Strategic Alliance Agreement during a visit by the airline’s executives to Seattle for the delivery of their new Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range).

Ilker Ayci said Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s leading carriers that established its position through strategic investment in its fleet, product and network resulting in impressive passenger growth figures and that “With today’s signing we deepen our relationship with one of the leading brands in the aerospace industry, our long-term partner Boeing, and continue to seek new, innovative ways to grow the airline. We look forward to continuing this strong relationship with Boeing and announcing the various projects that the companies will agree to collaborate on in the future.”

On his part, Ray Conner said, Boeing is proud to further their strong, committed relationship with Turkish Airlines in ways that support both companies’ profitable growth and Turkey’s long-term development.

“Together, Boeing and Turkish Airlines will identify and develop new, mutually beneficial business opportunities that build on and complement our mutual strengths.” he said.

It was established that Suppliers across Turkey currently support all five current Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs, delivering Turkish-made components valued at more than $120 million annually, and building on these strong industrial ties, the new agreement between Boeing and Turkish Airlines identified several additional areas of long-term cooperation.

They include development and training, activities to enable the global competitiveness of Turkey’s aviation manufacturers, and support for Turkey’s research and technology capabilities and aerospace infrastructure.

It is on record that Turkish Airlines and Boeing share a long history that goes back to 1945, with the arrival of the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners when Turkish Airlines entered the jet age in the late 1960s, at the time the airline began operating DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 707 airplanes.

However, Turkish carriers have also flown the Boeing 727, 757, MD-80 and the most modern 737 and 777 airplanes over the period. 

On the other hand, Boeing has maintained a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey since the mid-1940s and in providing commercial jetliners, Boeing is a supplier of defense products to the Turkish armed forces and a significant and trusted partner of the Turkish aerospace industry.

They both hope the engagement will further boot service delivery and enhanced cooperation.


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