Turkmen national air carrier receives another Boeing
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 4 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Another new Boeing 737-800 aircraft (USA) has been added to the fleet of the state national service Turkmen Howa Yollary (Turkmenistan Airlines), Turkmen television informed on Tuesday.
According to the media, the Boeing 737-800 airliner operated a 18-hour flight on the route from Seattle (United States) via Goose Bay (Canada) and Birmingham (United Kingdom) to Ashgabat. It is the second aircraft of this type for the purchase following a contract signed with the U.S. aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing in July 2011 in accordance with the decree of the president.
The flight which refuelled in Canada and the United Kingdom was carried out by a Turkmen Howa Yollary crew. The range of non-stop flights operated by the Boeing 737-800aircraft extends to 5600 kilometres which allows for operating passenger flights to Istanbul, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt and other cities of the Eurasian continent, according to the Turkmen Airlines.
Turkmen Howa Yollary also reports that another airliner of this model will arrive in Turkmenistan in the near future.
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft is known for high efficiency, comfort and a capability of carrying up to 160 passengers. Its cruising speed amounts to 850 kilometres per hour.
The Turkmen fleet includes such world famous brands as Boeing 757, Boeing 737, Boeing 717, including Boeing 767-300 ER long-haul wide body airliner.
According to the National Programme for the Development of Civil Aviation of Turkmenistan for 2012-2030, the number of aircraft will increase which in turn will allow for the opening of new air services from Ashgabat to Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), Jakarta (Indonesia), Muscat (Sultanate of Oman), Kuwait City (Kuwait), Singapore (Republic of Singapore), Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Cairo (Egypt).
Construction of a new international airport started in Ashgabat in January this year. The capacity of the ultra-modern airport will facilitate 1600 passengers per hour.
Alongside, the airport will be capable of accepting aircraft of any type and capacity, while ensuring international standards of service. The project includes construction of three terminals, passenger, VIP and cargo, a new 3800 metre runway, taxiways, parking lots and piers for aircraft as well as an air traffic control tower.