In February this year the operations of Gozen Air Services (Stand E240) at Istanbul's Ataturk airport ranked number one in a reader survey of European FBOs, conducted by European Business Air News. At face value, it was a surprise choice given that the Turkish operation was competing against much higher-profile FBOs in Europe.
A group of 24 airlines from the U.S. and Europe have allied to oppose export credit agency loan guarantees to foreign customers buying Boeing and Airbus airplanes. On its face, their argument seems logical: no longer do many of the airlines and lessors who get export credit agency support need government-backed loans.
Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized an order for ten 737-800s and ten 737-900ERs, the manufacturer announced today. Now flying 66 Boeing airplanes, including 58 Next Generation 737s, Turkish Airlines has yet to take delivery of a 737-900ER. Boeing places the value of the order at $1.6 billion, based on current list prices.
Turkish Airlines has signed a new firm order for five Boeing 777-300ERs valued at $1.38 billion at list prices, the manufacturer confirmed this morning. Boeing said the order marks the airline’s first purchase of new 777s directly from the company. The airline now operates three leased 312-passenger 777-300ERs, as well as 51 Boeing 737-800s, three 737-700s and eight 737-400s. It also flies 67 Airbus jets of various types.
Dutch investigators have found that a faulty altimeter likely played a role in last week’s crash of a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 on approach to Amsterdam Schipol International Airport, killing nine aboard.
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
U.S. systems and services company Goodrich has embarked on its first joint venture in Turkey with the signature of a memorandum of understanding with Istanbul-based Turkish Technic for nacelle maintenance and repair work.
The deal calls for the new company, Goodrich HABOM, to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and rotable support for the fast-growing Turkish Airlines fleet of Airbuses and Boeings.
Turkey’s indigenous primary/basic trainer program now has a name–Huˇrkus¸. It officially received its name on May 23, during the International Defense Industry Fair in Ankara. The name honors Vecihi Huˇrkus¸, who made significant contributions to the local aerospace industry and was chosen after a questionnaire was circulated among employees of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
Record numbers of orders last year indicated a short supply of available aircraft as the world’s airlines began to recover from the global recession of the early 2000s. This was good news for those with used aircraft on their hands–at least until most demand had been met, at which point placing remaining capacity became a challenge.
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