Turkmenistan Airlines (T5, Ashgabat) is set to acquire three more B737-800s from Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) as part of its fleet modernization plans. A decree issued by Turkmenistani strongman, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, says the deal will also involve the sale of three current B737-300s to the US manufacturer, the funds from which will then go towards acquiring the first -800 series model.

The Turkmen national carrier uses its B737-300 fleet for flights from Ashgabat to Delhi Int'l and Dubai Int'l as well as on domestic services.

It also operates seven B717-200s, four B737-700s, five B737-800s, four B757-200s, two B777-200(LR)s and one CRJ700 on flights to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the UAE, Germany, Thailand, China, France, and India.