Turkish Airlines orders 15 Boeing 737 aircraft

US aerospace and defence company Boeing has announced that Istanbul-based carrier Turkish Airlines has exercised options for 15 Next-Generation 737s.

The order, comprised of 10 737-800s and five 737-900ERs, has an average list-price value of more than $1.2bn (£746m).

Boeing has received orders from 14 customers for a total of 305 737-900ERs, the higher-capacity, longer-range derivative of the 737-900, which was launched in July 2005.

The 737-900ER offers six per cent lower operating costs per trip and four per cent lower operating costs per seat mile than competing models.