Just over a week ago, Turkish Airlines revealed interior shots and videos from the inside of its brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This was the first official look at the airline’s brand new Business Class seat and the first look inside its first Dreamliner – of which, Turkish Airlines has around 29 more to be delivered by aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
The new Dreamliner will seat 300 passengers, with 270 Economy seats and just 30 Business Class seats in an all-aisle access 1-2-1 configuration. This is pretty big news for Turkish Airlines because while their Business Class service and soft product are generally regarded as being of a very high standard, the hard product can vary massively by aircraft type and until now wasn’t hugely competitive.
Obviously, the airline wanted to present the aircraft, the cabins and the seats in the very best light possible (and possibly avoid the atrocious interior photography mistakes that China Southern inflicted on the world). Unfortunately, it looks like the media team went to such extreme measures that the plane couldn’t withstand the heat – quite literally.
This is what the official photos ended up looking like…
And these are a couple of first reveal videos that the airline shared on Twitter…
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) June 20, 2019
But that photoshoot might have done a fair amount of damage to the brand new plane. Leaked photos by @AirportHaber on Twitter show at least one window that has partially melted – apparently, from the extreme heat of the spotlights used by the photographers. Wow!
Türk Hava Yolları’nın yeni uçağı Boeing 787-9 tipi Dremliner 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
And this is what the damage looked like in more detail…
Obviously, this isn’t damage that can’t be rectified, although a replacement is likely to cost a little more on a Dreamliner considering that instead of traditional window shades, the 787 has electrically dimmable windows. Turkish Airlines may well be a little bit more careful about future photoshoots!
Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.