Turkish Airlines, Turkish Airlines Technic Inc., TAI, Boeing and Turkish Cabin Interiors (TCI) celebrated at VIP Hangar of Turkish Airlines Technic Inc., Istanbul, the delivery of the first commercial airplane outfitted with galleys from TCI.
The airplane is a 737-800 Next-Generation that was delivered to Turkish Airlines earlier in February. The airline will receive this year nine more airplanes equipped with TCI galleys.
TCI is the first Turkish aerospace manufacturing company to design, manufacture, and certify products for the aerospace market, paving the way for ongoing development of aerospace capabilities in Turkey. Boeing has been assisting TCI in the development of airplane interior products since shortly after the company was founded through joint effort of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Aerospace Industries and Turkish Technic. With this milestone, TCI brings added capacity and capability to the global supply chain in times of commercial airplanes production ramp up.
“Today we mark the delivery of the first aircraft equipped with a galley system designed by TCI, an installation manufactured in Turkey that conforms to all international standards. This Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation is the first of ten aircraft to be delivered throughout this year and we look forward to the TCI brand soon becoming popular across the industry.” said Hamdi Topçu, Board Chairman of Turkish Airlines.
“This milestone event demonstrates the deep and growing partnership between Boeing and the Turkish aerospace industry,” said Bernard J. Dunn, President of Boeing Turkey and North Africa. “Manufacturing for aerospace is demanding in terms of regulatory compliance and certification. For TCI to design, manufacture and certify their galley product in just three short years speaks a great deal about the quality of their people as well as their product.”
Beyond storage and facilitation of food service, galleys offer airlines an opportunity to differentiate the customer experience through efficiency, interior design, and comfort. Having another supplier of components for airplane interiors gives more choice and flexibility to airplane customers while increasing capacity in the global supply chain to meet the growing demand for commercial aircraft.