There are some uber-luxurious planes out there, but Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, operated by Turkish Airlines, soars above the rest.
The aircraft made its first African flight, with the Cape Town International Airport rolling out the red carpet and giving it a water salute.
This incredible masterpiece is described as Turkish Airlines’ most advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft, able to carry nearly 300 passengers. This Boeing model is renowned for setting records and set a new record for the world’s longest scheduled passenger flight which covered 15 715 kilometres from Tahiti to Paris, as per Business Insider.
But even more impressive than this achievement is the interior. A large portion of the aircraft is constructed from composite materials, offering a model that is lighter and more efficient.
While the economy section of an aircraft has always been characterised as dark and compact, this beauty offers seats that are 44 centimetres wide, with 78 centimetres of legroom. Enjoy the view with larger windows, dimmable LED window shades, and an advanced cabin environment that ensures extra comfort by providing higher humidity – ideal for long-haul flights.
For those who cannot catch a wink when travelling via an aircraft, there’s some good news. The interior, engines, systems and equipment feature vibration isolation technology – perfect for those looking to enjoy a quieter flight.
On 1 April, Cape Town became the first African city to welcome this phenomenal plane.
The Dreamliner will service four flights per week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and offers the ideal gateway into and out of Europe.
“Istanbul is a pivotal transport hub for Europe and other continents, and this attractive aircraft will enable us to welcome more visitors to the city,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Enver Duminy.
This is great news as the tourism sector continues to get back on its feet amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Reigniting global tourism takes practical measures such as this, we look forward to the opportunities this will create so that more international visitors can come and find their freedom in Cape Town,” he concluded.