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A Major Step In Civil Aviation
The investments in the technical field and the new planes being added to the Turkish Airlines fleet are opening the doors to a new period.
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport bore witness to an important step in Turkish civil aviation on October 30th. The delivery of the new planes joining the Turkish Airlines fleet and the airline’s major investments in the technical area were introduced in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
At the ceremony, which was also attended by Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek, National Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül, Transport and Communication Minister Binali Yıldırım, Turkish Airlines President Hamdi Topçu, Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil and Pratt & Whitney President of Commercial Engines & Global Services Todd Kallman, information was given about the Airbus 330-300 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft newly added to the Turkish Airlines fleet and the extremely important HABOM and the Turkish Engine Center (TEC) projects.
Two hangars are going to be built, one to service 12 narrow-bodied aircraft, the other to service three wide-bodied aircraft simultaneously, as well as providing component maintenance services. Set up at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport in a cooperation between Turkish Technic, Inc. and the American-based engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, the Turkish Engine Center (TEC) consists of a 25,000 square meter enclosed space on a 10- hectare area.
TEC, which provides aircraft engine maintenance services to Turkish and international airline companies, is targeting an annual capacity of 200 aircraft engines within a short time. All these investments are going to contribute in a big way to the development of civil aviation in Turkey and to Turkish Airlines’ positioning itself as a global player in aviation sector.