Turkmenistan expands its passenger air fleet with a new Boeing


ASHGABAT (TCA) — The fleet of Turkmenistan’s national airlines company Turkmenhowayollary has been replenished with a new passenger airliner Boeing-737-800, which landed at Ashgabat International Airport on June 28, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

The new plane has become the third aircraft of this series, for the purchase of which according to the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan in April 2014 a contract was signed with the American aircraft giant.

The hours-long flight from the city of Seattle (USA) was carried out by a crew of Turkmenhowayollary. According to tradition, Turkmen elders performed a ceremony of blessing at the airport on the occasion of the arrival of the new plane.

The range of non-stop flight of Boeing-737-800, which reaches 5660 kilometers, allows using such planes for passenger flights from Ashgabat to Almaty, Ankara, Istanbul, Delhi, Dubai, Kazan, Minsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and other cities of the Eurasian continent. A comfortable and highly efficient airliner is designed for 160 passengers.

Currently, the Turkmen national air fleet has such aircrafts of this world famous brand as Boeing-757, Boeing-717, and the wide-body long-haul liner Boeing-767-300 ER.

In accordance with the National Civil Aviation Program of Turkmenistan for 2012-2030, the number of such airliners will grow, which will allow opening of new planned air services from Ashgabat to Milan (Italy), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Tehran (Islamic Republic of Iran), Tbilisi (Georgia), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

Sergey Kwan