Turkish Airlines has now partnered in a major initiative to pioneer another first in Turkish Civil Aviation. In line with the objective of 'one hundred percent Turkish aircraft production' envisioned for the airline’s centennial in 2023, Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic and Assan Hanil, have partnered to create Turkish Seat Industries (TSI), a five million dollar project to design and build the first locally produced airline seat.
The first aircraft equipped with the new seats is a Turkish Airlines B737-800 and it was unveiled at a presentation hosted by Turkish Airlines at Atatürk Airport's Hangar No. 2.
"TSI's basic vision is to deliver the best solutions in terms of comfort, aesthetics, safety and logistics in the aircraft passenger seat industry. This partnership has now produced its first result. It is a great honor for us to present to you today the first aircraft outfitted with the new seats", said Turkish Airlines Chairman Hamdi Topçu.
TSI's General Manager Fahri Bayır stated that the locally produced aircraft seats are attracting wide attention with their slim, lightweight design that combines high quality with the guarantee of fast delivery. In the first stage the company will refurbish Turkish Airlines’ existing aircraft, but then aims in the near future to being factory installation of the seats on aircraft prior to delivery as a result of negotiations with both Boeing and Airbus. With this agreement, the seats will be shipped to the world's leading aircraft manufacturers and the company will see its global market share increase to 10 percent by 2024.
TSI uses an automated production system, which is the world’s fastest, and employs a zero fault principle and technology. Similarly, installation of the aircraft seat includes a complex technical infrastructure which is also monitored using advanced technologies. The computer automation enables the manufacturing of products with zero defects. Unique in the world with the implementation of this automation system, Turkish Seats Industries aims to be well ahead of its rivals in terms of production rates.