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Turkmenistan's First 777-200LR  
User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 912 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 17202 times:

I had a quick look and usd the search function, couldn't find anything

Picture - http://paineairport.com/kpae3103.htm

Video - Taxi Test - http://vimeo.com/14197349

Video - Low Approach - http://vimeo.com/14194054

Thanks to Matt Cawby!

I personally think its bland and boring. Other thoughts?

Jordan


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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5867 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 17122 times:

So what if its bland and boring, atleast its not Soviet era-esque like AZAL or cheap and garish like Uzbekistan airways. Larger title and a nice design in lighter green in tail background with better logo or even acronym TAL would have made for a nice livery, like PIA's Pashmina tail scheme which they would still have had if it wasnt rejected.

User currently offlinepink77W From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 17070 times:

it mite be bland and boring but it is different for sure. simple, plain, and classy.

User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16982 times:

I'm surprised the engines aren't green, too, like on other planes.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11672 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16982 times:

It's for the government of Turkmenistan, so I doubt it will see passenger service as it appears to have been delivered ready for 'executive' fitting out - hence the blocked off windows.


Dan  



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User currently offlineHamlet69 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2744 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16963 times:

Quoting Thorben (Reply 3):
Where will they fly their new toy to?

Anywhere the higher-ups want to go. It's a BBJ.  


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User currently offlinepink77W From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16866 times:

how many are they getting. just one?

User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16855 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
It's for the government of Turkmenistan, so I doubt it will see passenger service as it appears to have been delivered ready for 'executive' fitting out - hence the blocked off windows.


Dan

= Dan, I was gonna say the same thing. Why does Turkmenistan need a 77L is beyond me?

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A.



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User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5313 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16789 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
It's for the government of Turkmenistan, so I doubt it will see passenger service as it appears to have been delivered ready for 'executive' fitting out - hence the blocked off windows.

Ah thanks. That certainly clears up why this aircraft was ordered as I just can't imagine what route they would need a 77L for.



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User currently offlinevirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 912 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 16781 times:

Quoting 777way (Reply 1):
or cheap and garish like Uzbekistan airways.

Im just saying I dont personally like it. And I would much prefer to see a livery like Uzbekistans on a 77L than Turkmenistans



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16117 times:

Nice to see another carrier getting a 77L although it's a VIP aircraft.

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User currently offlineIndianicWorld From Australia, joined Jun 2001, 2992 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16023 times:

Extremely bland, but as an executive A/C, who cares 

The real question is why a 77L? Do they make that many long distance govt flights?


User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15976 times:

Quoting pink77W (Reply 2):
simple, plain, and classy.

Simple and plain yes, but classy? Come on, clean your eyes. If this is a classy paintjob, any removers truck is 

Thats an exceptionally bland, unfinished looking plane. Worst I´ve seen in this class of big government jets. But, well, such an expensive plane for such a country - how much tax money per capita? Maybe they are afraid to paint it so at least it looks cheap!


User currently offlinepylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1603 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15940 times:

For years Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan took a considerable share of MOW - BKK leisure traffic.
With 772 in fleet they can easily add, say, more Russian places and Ukraine cities - to this scheme.
Just one of ways to utilize this a/c.
There is not enough own traffic from/to Turkmenistan to keep Boeing -777-200LR.
Besides religious flights to Saudi Arabia.


User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15876 times:

Quoting IndianicWorld (Reply 11):
Do they make that many long distance govt flights?

Thats my exact question.

Quoting pylon101 (Reply 13):
With 772 in fleet they can easily add, say, more Russian places and Ukraine cities - to this scheme

good morning. --

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 4):
It's for the government of Turkmenistan, so I doubt it will see passenger service as it appears to have been delivered ready for 'executive' fitting out - hence the blocked off windows


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11672 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 15354 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):

= Dan, I was gonna say the same thing. Why does Turkmenistan need a 77L is beyond me?
Quoting OA412 (Reply 8):
Ah thanks. That certainly clears up why this aircraft was ordered as I just can't imagine what route they would need a 77L for.

This is what I was wondering too - they can now fly practically anywhere in the world non stop, so this is definitely about prestige. They certainly have the money for it though; world's fourth largest reserve of natural gas and tenth largest cotton producer.


Dan  



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User currently offlinepylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1603 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 15330 times:

Turkmenistan is sitting on gas fields.
Sure they can afford virtually any aircraft for representative needs.

Still I believe we will be seeing this great plane here at DME pretty often.


User currently offlinetjcab From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 14761 times:

Quoting na (Reply 12):
Simple and plain yes, but classy? Come on, clean your eyes. If this is a classy paintjob, any removers truck is 

Thats an exceptionally bland, unfinished looking plane. Worst I´ve seen in this class of big government jets. But, well, such an expensive plane for such a country - how much tax money per capita? Maybe they are afraid to paint it so at least it looks cheap!

I couldn't have said it better!


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 14219 times:

Quoting pylon101 (Reply 16):
Turkmenistan is sitting on gas fields.
Sure they can afford virtually any aircraft for representative needs.

Well, they have a GDP of around 32 billion $. What does a 77L VIP cost? 250 million plus VIP addings? 300? 320? That comes to 1% of their GDP just for the government plane acquisition. That is like Germany spending 34 billion dollars for government planes. (Or roughly 85 Airbus A380 VIP). But what did Germany buy? Two used A343s.

I think the government of Turkmenistan should have taken a used 763ER.


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13698 times:

A country like Turkmenistan really doesn't need a VIP configured 777LR, this is just a status symbol purchase.

User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1644 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13536 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 19):
this is just a status symbol purchase.

Well it is a Presidential republic Single-party state. Idiosynchrosies of the president become idiosynchrosies of the state!!!


User currently offlinebojangles From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2009, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13356 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 19):
country like Turkmenistan really doesn't need a VIP configured 777LR, this is just a status symbol purchase.

Welcome to Central Asia!


User currently offlineEK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4980 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 12832 times:

Quoting virginblue4 (Thread starter):
I personally think its bland and boring. Other thoughts?

Bland and boring... Who cares... Check out the back drop lineup of ANA B787 Dreamliners EK413



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10765 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 12767 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 19):
A country like Turkmenistan really doesn't need a VIP configured 777LR, this is just a status symbol purchase.

Which isnt looking like that at all. It looks like a Mercedes S-class with Aldi-stickers on it - tasteless.

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 20):
Well it is a Presidential republic Single-party state.

So a dictatorship of some kind. That explains a lot.


User currently offlineNetjetsintl From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 12506 times:

Quoting pylon101 (Reply 16):
Turkmenistan is sitting on gas fields.
Sure they can afford virtually any aircraft for representative needs

A dictatorship flying around in a brand new- $200 mil 777?? how do you explain that to your people??

a G550, or Global 700 can take you anywhere in the world as well. They overshot the runway a bit with that airplane


25 A342 : You don't. Simple as that.
26 pylon101 : Kazakhstan had 747 SP for years. It was used as VIP - and on ordinary routes. I guess VIP (F/J) part is closed while it was used on regular routes. An
27 Giancavia : Agreed, Uzbekistans is creative and stands out. This is blander then bland but a new plane is still cool so ..
28 ETinCaribe : And somebody is laughing all the way to the bank, presumably.
29 SFO2SVO : No judgement - but from purely technical point of view: aren't airlines required to have at least one spare aircraft of similar kind/size to be allow
30 Putnik : I dont want to get into the debate about who can afford what. If Turkmenistan needs a VIP plane like this and they are to purchase it on their own, wh
31 pylon101 : It was just an idea - as this route (as much as via Tashkent) exists for years. It's a cheaper option compared to SU or UN direct flights. And it giv
32 clydenairways : Well we don't know what it will be used for, but it's clear from looking at the windows that this is not a normal layout. You usually this kind of wi
33 RAFVC10 : I could make the same question changing the aircraft and the country... Why Algeria needs an Airbus A340-500 as a VIP transport? Regards, Gerard
34 mysterzip : And given the fact that it's a Boeing gives Turkmens a boast of confidence and a seemingly close relationship between Turkmenistan and the United Stat
35 bonusonus : What kind of range does the 77L have as a BBJ? I assume it will be flying with significantly less payload than the pax version. Does that mean this pl
36 clydenairways : Well a Gulfstream is American too. Why didn't they but one of those? Another Status Symbol purchase! I'm sure it has significant nonstop range.
37 Numero4 : Not many people know about Turkmenistan. It is a very closed country held together by the cult of personality around its (deceased) "President for Lif
38 JHCRJ700 : I was thinking the same thing! Look at all those babies. Also the Biman Bangladesh 777 in the background doesn't look too much better as far as paint
39 virginblue4 : I don't see a Biman T7 in the background? Just a RAM 787....
40 pink77W : i dont think them spending 1% of GDP on this a77L is near as bad as the USA govt. being trillions and trillions in debt to china. but what do i know.
41 SFO2SVO : Sincerely hope you are right and aviation enthusiasts can bag a flight on 777 with another relatively exotic carrier... But not too optimistic, sorry
42 oa260 : I think its certainly missing something, I usually like their livery on smaller A/C Me too at least their livery was different.
43 Post contains links and images gunsontheroof : Nice looking bird--hope I'll catch a look at her before she flies off to Ashgabat. Too bad she'll never look as slick at Boeing's last project for a C
44 Thorben : Usbekistan really has one of the best liveries out there. I love their 767s and A310s. The VIP version is also very cool with the flag on the tail, i
45 777way : Bland LH livery is one of my favourrites.
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