LONDON – Following the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Boeing 737 MAX ban lift, Turkish Airlines (TK) resumed flights with the type today. TK had an order for 75 Boeing 737 MAX jets. However, the carrier has now revised its Boeing order.
According to dailysabah.com, TK has agreed to cancel 10 of its 75 B737 Max aircraft orders from Boeing as a result of the negotiations and a review of its fleet plans, taking into account the current situation regarding the impact of coronavirus pandemic on the aviation market, according to a statement made by the carrier to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).
Additionally, 40 aircraft would be made available as options. By giving Boeing written notice on or before Dec. 21, 2021, the company will be able to exercise its choice right.
According to the announcement, the delivery dates of 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that have yet to be delivered have been rescheduled to accommodate the company’s capacity.
The First of a Long Series
The aircraft, which departed today from Istanbul airport to Ankara, is the very first MAX aircraft received by TK, registered as TC-LCA.
The aircraft made its first flight on August 4, 2018, and was delivered to the Turkish carrier on the 17th of the same month. Configured in two classes, it has 16 seats in business class and 135 in economy class. In addition, like all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the equipment features two CFM LEAP-1B thrusters.
According to FlightRadar24, another 737 MAX 8, registered as TC-LCE, has carried out test flights and could be the next to enter service.
Turkish Airlines’s Boeing 737 MAX Fleet
Before the Boeing order overhaul, TK had 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and still has to receive 54 of the type. Additionally, the carrier had one 737 MAX 9 with nine pending, for a total of 10 MAX 9 and 65 737MAX 8. This initial order was signed on May 14, 2013.
The airline will receive the remaining Boeing 737 MAXs very soon as Boeing resumed delivering the jets after its ban was lifted by FAA, EASA, and later DGCA.
Featured image: TK’s Boeing 737 MAX 8. Photo: Fabrizio Spicuglia/Airways