Istanbul - Turkish Airlines received the first of the 65 Boeing 737 MAX 8 ordered.
On August 17, The first 737 MAX 8 of the Turkish national airline, registered TC-LCA, took off from Boeing's Seattle facility and arrived at Istanbul-Ataturk Airport next day after a stopover in Reykjavik.
The aircraft is configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business Class and 135 in Economy. Turkish flag carrier confirmed a firm order for 50 737 MAX (40 MAX 8, ten MAX 9) and twenty 737-800 in May 2013. The company then increased the number of MAX 8s to 65 exercizing the 25 options.
As of August 3, The first 737 MAX 8 of the Star Alliance company will enter service between its main base Istanbul Ataturk and Edinburgh Airport before deployed on the routes to Algiers, Bamako, Niamey, Cotonou, Abidjan, Nouakchott, Dakar, Oran, Yaounde, and Douala by the end of summer.
In the winter season, it will also be sent to Dakar and Banjul as well as to Djibouti among others. From 2019, It should also arrive at Paris-CDG in May, Marrakech in June, and then Ouagadougou, Conakry, and Freetown.
The scheduled charter operator Corendon Airlines was the first operator to put the 737 MAX 8 into service in Turkey last May.
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