Turkmenistan Airlines takes delivery of a Boeing 757-200, bringing it one step closer to building an all-Boeing passenger airline fleet. The airline currently offers passenger and freight service to destinations on three continents with a fleet that includes Boeing 757s and 737s. Turkmenistan was the first republic of the former U.S.S.R. to purchase a Boeing airplane with the acquisition of a 737-300 in 1992.
Airline Chief Executive Ilyas Berdiev headed the Turkmen delivery delegation. "This latest acquisition will help us realize our goal of expanding passenger service into the North Atlantic," Berdiev said. "We will also enhance our domestic service with the delivery of three new 717-200s in the next few months as we transition to an all-Boeing passenger fleet."