Turkish Airlines received its 30th Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this week. The aircraft with registration TC-JLK and an MSN number of 60402 is the airline’s first aircraft to feature seats by Turkish Seats Industries (TSI), producer of the first designed and built in Turkey aircraft seat. Turkish Seats Industries is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Assan Hanil. Turkish Airlines has a fleet of over 100 Boeing aeroplanes to date.
“While consistently investing in its overall services, Turkish Airlines has always put special emphasis to further built in its infrastructure investments which also make a major contribution to further progress of Turkish Aviation Industry. Three years ago, we partnered in a significant initiative to pioneer another first in Turkish Civil Aviation. By establishing Turkish Seat Industry (TSI), in collaboration with Assan Hanil, we took a more active role in the industry through logistical support. And now we’re taking the delivery of the first aircraft equipped with those locally produced seats designed by TSI, an installation manufactured in Turkey that conforms to all international standards. With adding this 30th Boeing 777-300ER to our ever expanding fleet, we look forward to TSI to become a leading brand across the industry, and be a substantial part of our aircrafts in the near future.” said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines and Boeing have a long history that goes back to 1945 with the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners. In late 1960, Turkish Airlines began operating DC-9, DC-10 and Boeing 707 aeroplanes. Over the years it has also flown on Boeing 727, 757, MD-80 and 737 and 777 aeroplanes. Turkish Airlines has another two 777 Freighters and 75 737 MAXs on backlog with Boeing.
The airline also recently introduced new Philips branded headphones in its business class cabins on international flights excluding those on intercontinental routes. These high-end headphones have been designed for long flight hours. They feature breathable ear cushions, adjustable earpieces, compact folding and a powerful sound isolation.