Istanbul - After announcing record financial results in the third quarter, the Turkish flag carrier has also announced an order for three Boeing 777F more. Turkish had already ordered three 777F earlier this year.
The freighters will be delivered to Turkish Airlines in September 2019 and in January and February 2020 respectively.
Besides strong passenger demand this year, the freight business of Turkish Airlines recorded a 25% increase in tonnage and 29% in revenues compared to the same period of the previous year.
We are excited to expand our efficient cargo fleet with the 777 Freighter. This aircraft has contributed greatly to Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines' successful sub-brand, becoming the fastest-growing air cargo carrier in the world. The additional aircraft will provide us more flexibility to serve even more destinations as we continue to grow our global freight network,said M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee.
With a flight range of 4900NM (9,070 kilometers) and a freight capacity of 102 tons, the Boeing 777F is ideal for long-haul flights.
The current Boeing fleet ot the Turkish includes 160 aircraft. With more than 30 Boeing 777 in its fleet, the airline is among the top ten operators of the popular wide-body jet in Europe and the Middle East.
The carrier recently finalized an order for 25 787-9 Dreamliner and five options to meet for growing demand. Turkish has also begun taking delivery of new generation 737 MAX family planes to renew its single-aisle fleet.
Turkish Airlines has achieved significant success over the past decade. In addition to introducing innovations that have powered the growth of Turkey's commercial aviation sector and anchored a new state-of-the-art airport, the airline is delivering outstanding results and rising in the ranks of elite airlines. We are extremely honored that Turkish Airlines has placed its trust and confidence in Boeing's flagship airplanes: the 737 MAX, the 777 and the 787 Dreamliner,said Kevin McAllister, president, and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Last year, Boeing has launched a strategic partnership program with its Turkish counterparts so-called "The National Aerospace Initiative" to support the long-term growth of the Turkish aerospace industry and fortify its presence in the country.
The program focuses on four key areas: industrial development, technology acceleration, services collaboration, and advanced-skill training.
Turkish Airlines is one of the largest customers of the American manufacturer with nearly 100 aircraft on order.