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.


Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Updated 21 March 2019
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Marriott hotel, apartments open in Riyadh’s DQ

Marriott International and Dur Hospitality this week celebrated the opening of the Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter. The complex is strategically located in the heart of one of the most sought-after areas in the city with easy access to key embassies and major corporate headquarters, and a 30-minute drive from King Khalid International Airport. 

“We are delighted to enhance our footprint in Saudi Arabia with the opening of two strategically important hotels that not only complement each other but also deliver very distinct brand experiences. Saudi Arabia continues to be one of our key markets and we are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Dur Hospitality,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The hotel is inspired by Wadi Hanifa, a beautiful desert oasis running through Riyadh. The low-rise hotel resembles the smooth, dry canyon walls that make for a dramatic arrival experience. Once you step inside, the waterways guide the way into the building, ushering guests through the arrival court into the palm-dotted oasis in the hotel’s courtyard. Planted cacti, flowering vines, plentiful blooming desert flora and native date palm trees create a calming ambiance, providing shade from the desert sun. 

The complex is the first five-star full service hotel in the Diplomatic Quarter and features 80 spacious modern rooms, and 140 fully equipped apartments. The deluxe rooms feature modern décor and ample work space, allowing guests to stay connected with in-room technology, including high-speed WiFi and bedside USB outlets. Guests staying in one of the six Premium Suites or the Presidential Suite can enrich their experience in the M Club Lounge offering an international buffet, hors d’oeuvre and local specialties 24 hours a day. 

The Riyadh Marriott Hotel Diplomatic Quarter houses three dining venues, Goji Kitchen — an all-day dining destination, a la carte restaurant Mesquite and Agave Café located in the lobby. The hotel offers multiple recreational areas surrounded by lush greenery. 

Muin Serhan, general manager of Marriott Hotels in Riyadh, said: “The opening of Marriott Riyadh and Marriott Executive Apartments Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is considered an important milestone in our developing journey in the hospitality field; we are keen to provide a very special experience to our valuable guests whatever they are traveling for — business or leisure.”

He added: “And we are very proud to be part of the new Marriott travel program ‘Marriott Bonvoy,’ built on the belief that travel enriches its members and the world around them. Launching in February 2019, Marriott Bonvoy replaces Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG).”