Turkmenistan Airlines adds two 717s to fleet

Turkmenistan Airlines has increased its fleet of short haul 717s to five with the carrier agreeing to purchase two 717-200 aircraft from Boeing for $78 million.

Boeing and Turkmenistan Airlines recently concluded a definitive agreement for the purchase of two 717-200 aircraft, which will increase to five the number of short-haul 717s the airline operates.

The definitive agreement for the two twinjets, which is valued at approximately $78 million, was signed in the capital city of Ashgabat on May 16.

The aircraft, which will be configured for 120 passengers, are scheduled for delivery next year. The new 717s will join Turkmenistan’s fleet of three Boeing 717-200, three 737-300 and four 757-200 aircraft. The airline plans to operate the 717s on domestic and regional routes.

Turkmenistan Airlines initiated a plan to modernise its fleet with Boeing jetliners in 1992, when the airline became the first in the Commonwealth of Independent States to purchase an aircraft from Boeing.

Boeing has so far received firm orders for 155 717s and has delivered 118 since September 1999.

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