Chicago - On February 12, Boeing announced that it had exceeded 1300 firm orders for the 787 family. A symbolic milestone achieved through a contract signed with Turkish Airlines.
The Turkish national carrier has just finalized the acquisition of 25, 787-9. With this order, the company becomes the 71st customer of the 787. The firm order is accompanied by an option for five additional aircraft of the type.
The 787 will greatly increase the satisfaction of our passengers and will play an important role in our future hub, the new airport in Istanbul,Turkish Airlines President Ilker Ayci said in a statement.
The 787 is the fastest-selling widebody in Boeing's history. Before signing the contract with Turkish Airlines, the manufacturer was holding 1,294 firm orders in its backlog for its new Dreamliner series.
The 787-9 is the most popular member of the 787 series with 705 orders representing more than half of the sales (54.5%). The smaller variant 787-8 had orders for 418 copies so far (32.3%). Since 2011, 640 787-8 and 787-9 have entered into service. The largest variant 787-10 has recorded 171 orders so far (13.2% of the total orders) and will enter into service with Singapore Airlines in the coming weeks.
The 787 fleet carried 226 million passengers on more than 680 routes.
Airbus A350 family, the main competitor of the 787 series, recorded 854 firm orders as of the end of February 2018.