Istanbul - Turkish Airlines has ordered three more Boeing 777 Freighters, a few weeks after receiving the first two.
Boeing's report dated January 8 reveals an order for an additional three B777F by the Turkish national airline based at Istanbul-Atatürk Airport, who has just received its first two 777Fs.
These cargo ship orders will certainly contribute to our important goal of establishing a young and efficient freight fleet,said Ilker Ayci in a statement, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Turkish Airlines.
The new aircraft will be delivered this year and will provide us with more flexibility to serve more destinations, as we continue to develop our global cargo service,he added.
The arrival of the three aircraft is expected in September, October, and December. As a full-fledged brand of the airline, Turkish Cargo increased the number of its destinations from 55 to 73 last year, carrying around 1 million tons of cargo ( 29% up from 2016).
Today, The 777 Freighter is the largest and most successful cargo carrier in the world,said Marty Bentrott, VP sales in the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
We are delighted that world-class customers like Turkish Airlines recognize the value of the 777 Freighter's long reach and payload capacity,he added.
Based on the 777-200LR, the 777F is the world's longest-range twin-jet cargo plane, traveling 4900 nm (9070 kilometers) with a total payload of 102 tons, which means significant savings for airlines, with fewer stopovers and associated landing fees, less congestion in transfer centers, less handling costs and less time to deliver.
Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, carrying more than 60 million passengers a year on direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. Founded in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft. The company now has 331 aircraft, including 18 freighters.