Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 20
By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:
Turkmenistan Airlines (Tukmenhowayollary), the flag carrier of the country, intends to purchase fourth aircraft Boeing 777-200LR worth $346.9 million, Trend reports with reference to Air Transport World.
The corresponding model was chosen with the aim of expanding international operations to Europe and Asia and beyond.
Boeing 777-200LR can accommodate up to 317 passengers in a configuration with two classes, the report said.
The current fleet of the airline consists of eight Boeing 737-800, four Boeing 737-700, four Boeing 757-200, three Boeing 777-200LR and five cargo aircraft IL-76TD.
As was reported earlier, Turkmenistan Airlines is seeking to improve its performance in order to meet relevant requirements put forward by the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) at the beginning of this year.
Since then, Turkmenistan Airlines, together with Lufthansa Consulting, has developed and agreed on corrective action plans and has begun to implement them.
In February, the EASA suspended the flights of Turkmenistan Airlines to the EU pending confirmation of the compliance with international flight safety standards.
The modernization of the air fleet will allow launching flights from Ashgabat to Jeddah, Medina (Saudi Arabia), Cochin, Ahmedabad (India), Samara (Russia), Hanoi (Vietnam), Vienna (Austria), Sofia (Bulgaria), Budapest (Hungary), Manama (Bahrain), New York (US), and Toronto (Canada) till 2020.
IIn 2021-2030, flights are planned to be launched to Madrid (Spain), Jakarta (Indonesia), Muscat (Oman), Kuwait (Kuwait), Singapore (Singapore), Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada and Cairo (Egypt).