Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced an order for three 777 Freighters as the flag-carrier continues to soar on record financial results and double-digit passenger and cargo growth.
The order adds more of the long-range freighter to Turkish’s fleet as the airline pursues its goal of becoming the world’s largest cargo carrier.
Based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range), the 777 Freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kilograms).
The long range means fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.
“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.
The new order comes days after Turkish Airlines posted record profits for the first nine months of 2018 on strong passenger and cargo demand.
The carrier’s air freight business saw a 25-per cent tonnage increase and a 29-per cent revenue increase compared to the same period a year ago.
The results extend the airline’s success in recent years as Turkey has become one of the largest and fastest-growing aviation markets.
With more than 30 777s in its fleet, Turkish Airlines is among the top ten operators of the wide-body jet in Europe and the Middle East.