Turkish Airlines and Boeing share a long history that goes back to 1945, with the arrival of the airline’s first DC-3/C-47 airliners and today they signed a collaboration agreement that will strengthen Turkish Airlines’ long-term industry leadership.
In the agreement, Turkish Airlines and Boeing identified several potential areas of new cooperation, expanding on Boeing’s already-significant investment with Turkish industry.
“Boeing is proud to further our strong, committed relationship with Turkish Airlines in ways that support both companies’ profitable growth and Turkey’s long-term development,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes President CEO Ray Conner said at the signing ceremony held in Seattle.
“Together, Boeing and Turkish Airlines will identify and develop new, mutually beneficial business opportunities that build on and complement our mutual strengths.”
Suppliers across Turkey currently support all five Boeing Commercial Airplanes programs delivering Turkish-made components valued at more than $120 million annually. Building on these strong industrial ties, the new agreement between Boeing and Turkish Airlines identified several additional areas of long-term cooperation. They include development and training, activities to enable the global competitiveness of Turkey’s aviation manufacturers, and support for Turkey’s research and technology capabilities and aerospace infrastructure.
The Boeing Company has maintained a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship with Turkey since the mid-1940s. In addition to providing commercial jetliners, Boeing is a supplier of defense products to the Turkish armed forces and a significant and trusted partner of the Turkish aerospace industry.
The Strategic Alliance Agreement is signed during a visit by the airline’s executives to Seattle for the delivery of their new Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) and two Next-Generation 737-800s.