Turkish Airlines has partnered in a major initiative in line with the objective of ‘one hundred percent Turkish aircraft production’. The airline and Assan Hanil have partnered to create Turkish Seat Industries (TSI), a US$5 million project to design and build the first locally produced airline seat.
The first aircraft equipped with new seats is a Turkish Airlines B737-800. The inaugural function was attended by minister of finance Mehmet Simsek, Turkish Airlines chairman Hamdi Topçu, Turkish Airlines general manager Assoc Dr Temel Kotil, TSI chairman assoc Dr Ismail Demir, TSI general manager Fahri Bayır, Hanil E-Hwa chairman Dr Yang Seok RYU, Kibar Holding chairman Ali Kibar and Assan Hanil general manager Okan Gedik.
“This partnership has now produced its first result. It is a great honor for us to present the first aircraft outfitted with the new seats,” said Turkish Airlines chairman Hamdi Topçu.
The company carried out the entire aircraft seat design and development process in Turkey, including automation and software. The seats will initially be used on the airline’s B737-800s, and then be installed on the Airbus single-aisle fleet of A319s, A320s and A321s. The initial annual production rate of 10,000 units will increase to 50,000 by 2024.