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Turkmenistan Air welcomes largest aircraft

Turkmenistan Airlines' new Boeing 777-200LR
Turkmenistan Airlines’ new Boeing 777-200LR

Turkmenistan Airlines has taken delivery of its largest aircraft – a Boeing 777-200LR (long-range).

The new twin-aisle jet touched down at Ashgabat International Airport, in Turkmenistan’s capital city, this week, marking the first of two new B777 deliveries to the national carrier. The aircraft’s arrival also coincided with the opening of a new terminal at Ashgabat’s airport.

“We are very excited about the delivery of the new 777-200LR, which will be a fantastic addition to our fleet,” said Merdan Ayazov, chief executive of Turkmenistan Airlines. “The performance and range of the airplane, as well as its great economics will contribute significantly to our fleet expansion strategy.”

The two new B777s ordered by Turkmenistan Airlines will become the largest aircraft in the national carrier’s fleet, joining the existing collection of seven B717s, 12 B737s and four B757s.

Turkmenistan Airlines currently flies from Ashgabat to several international destinations, including Beijing, Bangkok, Delhi, London, Frankfurt and Paris.

Ashgabat’s new airport terminal becomes the largest in Central Asia, handling up to 1,600 passengers per hour