Turkish Airlines have broken a window of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a photo shoot to promote the new fleet addition.
This might have thrown the airlines scheduling off, as the aircraft was due to start service domestically in Turkey within the next two weeks, as reported by PaxEx Aero.
What are the details?
Turkish Airways recently took ownership of their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Istanbul International Airport.
A landing #LikeADream in Istanbul!
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) June 27, 2019
The Boeing 787-9 will feature Turkish Airlines’ new business class. The configuration is a excellent upgrade from their strange Boeing 777 2-3-2 business configuration.
The aircraft will do a ‘victory lap’ first of the country, performing various domestic routes around Turkey. It will be used to train staff on the new aircraft and allow various stakeholder to get up close and personal.
Following its debut tour, it will then be deployed on international routes to showcase the new aircraft offering from Turkish Airlines. The first route announced is Bali.
The next few Boeing 787 dreamliners to be delivered (Turkish Airlines has 24 on order) will fly to Atlanta, Washington-Dulles and to Bogota/Panama. Well, that was the plan anyway, until the aircraft got a little too hot under the studio lights…
What happened on the photoshoot?
According to a Twitter post, the damage during the photoshoot involved a window and some hot lights.
Türk Hava Yolları’nın yeni uçağı Boeing 787-9 tipi Dreamliner yolcu uçağının içindeki tanıtım çekimleri sırasında uçağın pencereleri aşırı sıcaktan eridi. Kamera ve spot ışıklarının sıcaklığına pencere dayanamadı. pic.twitter.com/YoAAK8uGXd
— AirportHaber (@AirportHaber) June 30, 2019
Apparently the aircraft was being lit inside a soundstage, with bright lights shining through the windows. Whilst a photographer has many choices as to what lights to use, it seems in this case they went for powerful lamps that also generate a lot of heat.
But we can’t instantly blame anyone, as the Boeing 787 has completely different windows than any other aircraft produced by Boeing (or in the Turkish Airlines fleet). The Dreamliner has electrochromic film in between two planes of window glass that allow the light to be dimmed without a window shade. With the simple press of a button, the shade becomes darker until it’s a very dark blue (but you can still just about see outside).
What will happen now to the aircraft?
Fortunately, at this time it seems like it was just one window that was damaged. As these type of parts are replaced now and again, it shouldn’t be an issue for a spare part to be flown in and fitted (hopefully before the debut date of the aircraft).
As for the photographer, you can be sure that lessons have been learned and they won’t be making the same mistake again!
What do you think? Will you be flying on the new Turkish Airlines 787 Dreamliner? Let us know in the comments.