NEW YORK – Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines (TK), announced that they will be expanding its Istanbul – New York-JFK in March 2020 with the introduction of its new Boeing 787-9, as reported by Routes Online.

The aircraft will be placed on the TK3/4 flight rotation, which is currently operated by an Airbus A330-300.

With two daily flights to JFK, New York is extremely important for Turkish Airlines.

The airline has long used the Boeing 777-300ER for one of the flights due to its large passenger and cargo capacity.

The carrier currently has 25 orders for the Boeing 787-9 variant, which are set to bee delivered in July of 2019.

The addition of the 787 to the Turkish Airlines fleet will allow it to expand into smaller long haul markets that don’t have the demand for a 777, but still enough that a wide body is needed.

Being the largest carrier in the world by destinations served with more than 300, Turkish Airlines flies to 124 countries, serving roughly 63% of all of the United Nations.

Istanbul’s new airport is set to become Turkish Airlines’ new hub in April of this year. Therefore, the 787-9 introduction will be deployed from the brand-new state of the art airport in 2020.

The highly anticipated new airport will allow Turkish Airlines to continue its role as one of the worlds leading airlines.