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NEW YORK: September 21, 2017. Boeing and the Turkish government plan to develop Turkey's aerospace industry with the launch of a National Aerospace Initiative (NAI).

Boeing and Turkish Airlines with ErdoganThe announcement coincides with a proposed order by Turkish Airlines for 40 B787-9 aircraft made during the visit of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the U.N. General Assembly this week.

"This order is set to play a key role in our growing business in the years to come, and we look forward to further continue our relationship with Boeing," said Turkish Airlines chairman of the Board and its Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı.

"Our intent to purchase these Dreamliners is to meet the demand for wide-body airplanes at [Istanbul's] third airport, further strengthen our fleet capacity on the 100th anniversary of the Republic and to enhance passenger satisfaction," he added.

Ayci said that negotiations with Boeing to finalize the order would also include US$1 billion of production sourcing from local Turkish suppliers.

Boeing said the NAI initiative outlined a strategic framework that aligns its investment and programs with the Turkish government, Turkish Airlines, aerospace service companies and industry suppliers in the areas of research, engineering and skills development.

The company expressed confidence in the long-term outlook for Turkey as a significant market and a leading global industry participant.

"Boeing's relationship with Turkey spans more than 70 years and we have outstanding long-term partnerships," said Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner. "Working together with Turkey we are now taking our collaboration to the next level, which will accelerate the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry while achieving Boeing's long-term objective to expand its presence in the marketplace."

(Pictured left to right: Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Turkish Airlines Board chairman M. İlker Aycı.)

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