Turkish Airlines are in talks with Boeing regarding the purchase of eight 747-8i Super Jumbo Jet aircraft, according to Hurriyet. If the deal valued at $3 billion (based on list prices) is concluded, then Turkish Airlines will start flying the 410-seat 747-8i on long-haul routes.
After the deal is finalized, Turkey's flag carrier will be able to reduce the number of flights to destinations served on multiple daily flights to one. On routes operated three times per day, two flights on 747-8i, and one flight on Boeing 777-300ER will take place. At the same time, the deal would mark a rebirth of the 747 Jumbo that had suffered from production cuts.
New Turkish Airlines planes will be fitted with special cabin design, raising the capacity up to 410 seats in three classes. Turkish media reports that the planes are offered at a price that is significantly lower than that of previous deals for the same model (the list price being $386.6 million per unit). In 2008, Boeing started working on a new generation of the 747 Jumbo Jet, manufactured since 1969. The 747-8i (i standing for intercontinental) has a longer body, with wing and engine technologies derived from its predecessor. The passenger model of the 747-8 is operated by Lufthansa, Korea Air and Air China.