Turkish Airlines Proceeds Its’ Sustainability Journey with Awards
Turkish Airlines, which flies to most countries in the world and operates with a strong sense of environmental and social responsibility, released its third sustainability report. It was prepared in accordance with the ‘core’ option of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Sustainability agenda of the global carrier comprises four pillars, each of which includes a number of material aspects, namely governance, economy, environment and social.
Turkish Airlines 2015 Sustainability Report was awarded the Gold Award in the sustainability report category in the 2016 the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) Spotlight Awards-Global Communication Competition, which is considered one of the world’s most distinguished global communication competitions.
Strongly committed to contributing to sustainable development by conducting its business in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner, the Turkish Airlines has been qualified to be listed in BIST Sustainability Index, which includes companies traded at Borsa İstanbul that boasts of high level corporate sustainability performances for the period of November 2017-October 2018. The airline was listed in this Index for the past two years as well, with its sustainability practices and policies.
In order to protect the environment and to combat climate change, which is one of the most challenging global problems, Turkish Airlines has undertaken a wide range of initiatives to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon footprints associated with its operations. Hence, it flies 20 per cent more efficiently compared to nine years ago as a result of these fuel efficiency initiatives. Thanks to various fuel saving projects implemented, Turkish Airlines continues to reduce its carbon footprint. Nearly, 43,975 tonnes of fuel have been saved which corresponds to a reduction of 138,522 tonnes of CO2 by the end of 2016. In total, 1,329,783 tonnes of CO2 have been reduced since 2008.
Boeing and Turkish Airlines Celebrate Airline’s First 777 Freighter
On December 7, Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777 Freighter. It’s the first of two 777 Freighters Turkish Airlines has on order for this year.
“The delivery of our first 777 Freighter is a milestone event in our cargo business,” said Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, M. İlker Aycı. “As a prominent sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo increased its freighter destinations served from 55 to 73 from the beginning of this year, reaching to approximately 1 million tonnes of cargo with 29 per cent increase compared to the previous year’s same period. It is surely beyond doubt that this a remarkable success. We’re sure that this significant delivery which will bring great value to our rapidly growing cargo operations will also enable our leading sub-brand to further compete, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations from our hub in Istanbul.”
“We are honoured to deliver the 777 Freighter to Turkish Airlines,” said senior vice president of sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Marty Bentrott. “This aircraft’s range capability, combined with its enhanced cargo capacity, makes it a perfect airplane for Turkish Airlines to continue to profitably grow its global cargo service.”
The 777 Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres) with a full payload of 112 tonnes (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).
First SSJ100 Test Flight with the Saberlets Performed Successfully
On December 21, Sukhoi Superjet 100 performed its first flight with the installed saberlets in Zhukovsky.
The saber-like configuration of the tips installed on to the Sukhoi Superjet 100 turned out to be the result of a number of research, engineering and experimental activities carried out by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company with the assistance of Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI).
The geometry of the tips was determined with the implementation of the innovative methods of 3D optimisation based on numerical computation called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – the unique TsAGI know-how used in Russian aviation industry in particular for Sukhoi Superjet 100 programme.
The results of research and experiments showed that the installation of the saber-like tips allows to simultaneously improve the take-off and landing performance and decrease the fuel consumption for not less than three per cent. The expected improvement of the take-off and landing characteristics will be obvious for the carriers operating the aircraft at regional runways and in hot weather conditions as well as on mountain aerodromes (Hot & High).
“Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company is consequently implementing the Sukhoi Superjet 100 improvement program aiming at market expansion and the increase of the number of Customers, the current Operators satisfaction level growth and the maintenance of the high competitive level of the product. The wing tips installation being the part of the improvement programme will provide the operators with cost cut up to USD70,000 per year per one SSJ100,” points the President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Alexander Rubtsov.
The end of a full-scale programme of ground and flight tests will result in the certification of the SSJ100 with the horizontal tips – saberlets and they will be offered as an option to the customers. The installation of the tips is possible not only to new aircraft but to the already delivered aircraft as well.
VASO (Voronezh aircraft manufacturer) is the manufacturer of the saberlets kits, the materials used are certified in Russia as well as abroad.
Boeing and flydubai Finalise Order for 175 737 MAX Airplanes
Boeing and flydubai have finalised the purchase of 175 737 MAX airplanes in the largest single-aisle jet order in Middle East history. The deal, which includes options for an additional 50 jets, is valued at USD27 billion. Announced as a commitment at the 2017 Dubai Airshow, the deal allows flydubai to take advantage of the 737 MAX family’s flexibility and commonality, while using the unique size and range of the MAX 8, MAX 9, and MAX 10.
“I am delighted that we end 2017 with the announcement representing the next chapter in flydubai’s success story,” said CEO, flydubai, Ghaith Al Ghaith. “This is our largest order in our eight-year history and our third order with Boeing whose aircraft have given us the ability to carry 44 million passengers since we began operations. With up to 318 aircraft on order, we have become one of the world’s top 10 airlines in terms of order backlog and we look forward to continuing to enhance the connectivity of Dubai’s aviation hub.”
flydubai, an all-Boeing operator, first ordered the 737 MAX in 2013 with a purchase of 75 of jets and options for 25 more. The carrier has taken delivery of five MAX airplanes from that order.
“We are excited to finalise this landmark agreement with our partners at flydubai and we thank them for placing their trust in the 737 MAX family,” said senior vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ihssane Mounir. “As one of the first operators of the 737 MAX 8, their order for more models is a vote of confidence in the MAX family’s exceptional fuel efficiency, reliability and flexibility. We look forward to hundreds of MAX airplanes supporting flydubai’s continued success.”
Airbus, Indigo Partners Finalise Orders for 430 A320neo Family Aircraft
On December 29, Airbus announced that it had finalised agreements with Indigo Partners and its four portfolio airlines for the purchase of 430 additional A320neo Family aircraft for ultra-low-cost airlines Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary). The signed purchase agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the parties announced at the Dubai Air Show in November 2017.
The 430-aircraft order is made up of 274 A320neos and 156 A321neos worth USD 49.5 billion at list prices. Airlines in the Indigo Partners family had previous placed orders for a total of 427 A320 Family aircraft.
“These customer-friendly and efficient A320neo Family aircraft form a great platform for continued growth for our family of ultra-low-cost airlines,” said managing partner of Indigo Partners, Bill Franke. “The Indigo Partners team looks forward to creating even more value for even more passengers around the world with these modern and efficient aircraft.”
Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy, added, “Bill Franke and the teams from Wizz, Volaris, JetSMART and Frontier are great partners, and the global Airbus team is very proud to continue to meet their growing needs for aircraft that provide value, reliability and comfort. The A320neo Family offers the lowest operating costs, longest range and most spacious cabin in the single-aisle aircraft market, making the ‘NEO’ a great choice for these low-cost airlines in the Americas and Europe.”
The aircraft ordered are a mix of A320neos and A321neos. Wizz Air will get total of 72 A320neo and 74 A321neo, Frontier Airlines a 100 A320neo and 34 A321neo, JetSMART to get 56 A320neo and 14 A321neo while Volaris to get 46 A320neo and 34 A321neo
Indigo Partners’ Franke indicated that engine selections will be made at a later date.