Turkish Airlines Order Three More Boeing 777 Freighters
The national flag carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines recently announced a new order for three Boeing 777 Freighters. The new order will be a welcome addition to their current fleet of the long-range freighter as the airline continues towards their goal of becoming the world’s largest cargo carrier.
The Boeing 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). As a result of the longer range available, stops and associated landing fees are reduced as is congestion at transfer hubs while shorter delivery times and lower cargo handling costs are another benefits.
Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee for Turkish Airlines M. İlker Aycı said, “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.”
Turkish Airlines recently announced record profits for the first nine months of 2018 due to strong passenger and cargo demand. The airline has experienced a 25-per cent tonnage increase and a 29-per cent revenue increase compared to the same period in 2017.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin McAllister said, “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.”
Turkish Airlines can now boast a fleet with more than 30 777s and is now one of the top 10 operators of the wide-body jet in Europe and the Middle East.