Turkish Airlines closes Airbus and Boeing orders

Turkish Airlines will benefit from the new purchases of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
Updated 17 March 2018
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Turkish Airlines closes Airbus and Boeing orders

Turkish Airlines has announced that it will purchase 50 firm wide-body aircraft and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide-body aircraft, from Airbus and Boeing.
The airline said six would be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and 7 in 2024.
Accordingly, a total of 30 B787-9 aircraft, 25 firm and five optional, will be purchased from Boeing and a total of 30 A350-900 aircraft, 25 firm and five optional, will be purchased from Airbus.
A memorandum of understanding with Airbus was signed last January at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to France, with French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance. Also last September, during Erdogan’s visit to New York Boeing and Turkish Airlines had announced a commitment to order 787-9 Dreamliners.
M. Ilker Ayci, chairman of the board and executive committee, Turkish Airlines, said: “Today, we’re pleased to conclude this process which will bring a landmark benefit not only to Turkish Airlines, but also to Turkey’s aviation, by firmly ordering these aircraft to be added to our ever-expanding fleet. Goodwill agreements turned into firm orders, which we consider to be a very important initiative to meet our need for wide-body aircraft at Istanbul’s new airport, which will serve as our new hub once its construction process is completed.”
He added: “This great step will further strengthen our ever-expanding fleet by 2023, our country’s 100th year, and take our passengers’ satisfaction to a much higher level.”
Ayci said this will not just accelerate the steady rise of Turkish Airlines, but also contribute to Turkish civil aviation as a whole.


Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018
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Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”