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Aviation news: Turkish Airlines takes delivery of new B777

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Oct 26, 2010

UGANDA (eTN) - A source close to the Kampala office of Turkish Airlines (THY) confirmed that the first of 12 brand new B777-300ER was delivered to the airline recently and that several others will join their fleet this year, while the remainder of the order was due for delivery in the first half of 2011. It is understood that the airline’s present B777 fleet is leased and the contracts will expire by the end of the year, when the newly-delivered aircraft will have been integrated into operations.

THY flies an A340 from Istanbul to Entebbe and then on to Dar es Salaam three times a week, and travelers from Eastern Africa – the airline also serves Nairobi – can expect to travel on the new B777s to a range of long-haul destinations on their connecting flights. The new Boeings will reportedly be configured in a two-class set up with 309 economy class seats – including some 63 premium economy seats – and 28 flat beds in business class.

THY has in recent weeks made spectacular offers for passengers traveling from Eastern Africa to Istanbul and beyond to European destinations, and also on their North America flights, and the established airlines in the region have been fighting a rear-guard action with matching or near matching offers to retain their passengers, while the fight for market shares intensifies.

Entebbe is presently served by international airlines like Brussels Airlines, Kenya Airways, KLM, Emirates, South African Airways, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways, and Turkish, giving access to their respective international networks via their home hubs, while Air Uganda, Precision Air, and RwandAir offer flights to Uganda’s neighboring countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, and Southern Sudan.

Aviation news: Turkish Airlines takes delivery of new B777
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