TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4106 posts, RR: 13 Posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8652 times:
I guess we can say that it is official, coming from the Chairman of the Board Hamdi Topcu, from this Turkish article; http://www.airporthaber.com/havacili...topcu-2003te-pilotlar-issizdi.html
He says 7 WB aircraft are leased and joining the fleet starting May.
This is on top of an order of 20 x 77Ws (first 3 arrive in 2014), 22 x 333s + 3 options, ( first 2 x 333s arrive this year, 5 more in 2014)
We had a thread earlier that suggested the 7 could be 777s, but that thread is locked, Turkish Airlines To Lease 7x 777 (by tkfan Dec 22 2012 in Civil Aviation)
and this new information doesn't specify what type those 7 frames are.
So let the speculation begin; 332/333/77W/77L?
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4106 posts, RR: 13 Reply 3, posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8488 times:
Not an order for new aircraft, since arriving in couple of months;
From the archived thread;
Post by karan69; As per some sources a 4 aircraft deal has been signed with 9W , these will be the Current aircraft which are with TG which will go to TK as their leases expire
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4106 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8079 times:
Quoting rutankrd (Reply 4): will they restore the first class offering as per previous 9W leases ?
I have no idea. I for one would like to blow some miles on those F suites. But for fleet commonality, it is down the drain again. I am sure this is for stop gap measure and might be wet-lease, might be as short as 18 month long.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4414 posts, RR: 76 Reply 6, posted (2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7222 times:
As I also mentioned in the other thread, the 9W B77Ws are alsmost certainly involved in this deal. Five aircraft are currently on lease with TG and will gradually return as TG is in the process of receiving its own B77Ws. Some of these aircraft have already been with TK before as TC-JJA/B/C/D.
Whether TK again takes these 4 aircraft, or all 5 that are now with TK or even 7 of the 10-strong 9W B77W fleet remains to be seen, but 9W is in the process of receiving A333 aircraft and could offload up to 7 B77W aircraft and use the remaining three aircraft for its 3 daily LHR rotations. That may not cover for any down time, but then 9W has last week announced that one out of 21 weekly LHR rotations will operate with A333, so the airline may well be preparing to transfer 7 B77Ws to TK.
If these are indeed the aircraft we are talking about, I doubt that TK will reinstate the First Class after that experiment failed last time around. I feel the 8 suites will be used as J to make for a 38-seat business class cabin.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4106 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (2 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5048 times:
Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 6): I doubt that TK will reinstate the First Class after that experiment failed last time around. I feel the 8 suites will be used as J to make for a 38-seat business class cabin.
Do you mean taking those 1 ton each F seats to make room for 38J seats for the short time TK will be leasing these aircraft?
Knowing TK, they wouldn't spend the time or the money and use them as they are on routes like JFK, LAX where TK might find F pax.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4414 posts, RR: 76 Reply 21, posted (2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3580 times:
Quoting TK787 (Reply 16): You mean 8 people get the Suite, 30 people get the herringbone seat and ALL this will be J. That is not fair.
8 Suites J, 30 seats will become Comfort, as shown
No way TK is going to sell only 8 J seats on a longhaul aircraft, that is simply not enough, and since I also very much doubt that a short lived reintroduction of the First Class is in order, I am sticking to my position that it will be a 38 J cabin in which 8 lucky passengers will end up in a suite.
8 seat j is not possible I guess. They will/should find a way not to introduce F class again. My vote goes removing all suites and put herringbone seats that area and have 2 class 777. This config works much better on mid haul flights too.