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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9

Istanbul, Turkey - Turkish Airlines has received the first of 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on order. The Turkish flag carrier plans to modernize its wide-body fleet with both the Boeing's Dreamliner and the Airbus's A350 jets.

Turkish Airlines' first Boeing 787-9 is registered as TC-LLA and configured to accommodate 30 seats in Business Class and 270 in Economy Class.

Significant changes have been made to the Business Class design of the airline's Boeing 787-9 to improve the passenger experience. The most remarkable one is the direct access to the corridors from each seat in a 1-2-1 configuration.

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Turkish Airlines will use its Boeing 787-9 on long-haul flights, including the newly launched Istanbul - Bali route.

The aircraft will make its first scheduled flight between Istanbul and Antalya on July 8.

The first international flights will be as follows: Istanbul - Denpasar, Bali on July 17, Istanbul - Washington on August 8, Istanbul - Bogota on September 10, and Istanbul - Atlanta on September 11.