Turkish Airlines is reportedly in talks with Boeing to acquire eight 747-8i jets for use on passenger flights.
We’ve heard rumors for years about interest from Turkish Airlines in acquiring 747-8s (and A380s) but past 747 rumors centered around THY Cargo, the airlines’ cargo division. The aircraft purchase is billed as an opportunity to reduce frequencies to cities already served.
If the $3 billion purchase is finalized, the national flagship carrier will reduce the number of flights to one to destinations where the airliner flies more than once per day. For routes with three flights a day, the company will fly twice with the 747-8i and another flight will be with the Boeing 777-300ER. Moreover, the purchase will also lead to the rebirth of the four-engine 747 Jumbo, whose manufacture has been decreased.
Maybe I’m reading that wrong, but that makes no sense to me…going from three 777-300ERs to two 747-8i and one 777-300ER flight will not reduce capacity, it will increase it. The 777-300ER has 349 seats (300 economy / 49 business).
The new 747-8i would reportedly have “410 [seats] in three classes.” Turkish does not currently offer three classes of services. It used to offer a true first class on 777s leased from Jet Airways, but has returned those aircraft. It also used to offer a “Comfort Class” (premium economy) on its 777-300ERs that it pulled out, claiming the seats were uneconomical and balkanized business class purchases.
I don’t put all that much stock into this odd article from the Daily Sabah, an English pro-government daily, but I figured it was worth reporting…just in case. I’d love to see a 747-8i in Turkish livery.