Freight Turkish Airlines orders three additional B777F

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced, that the carrier will order three additional Boeing 777 Freighter for its cargo division Turkish Cargo.

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Due to the strong demand and good financial performances, Turkey´s flag carrier has decided to expand its cargo operations by ordering three additional B777F aircraft. Recently, the carrier announced a double-digit passenger and cargo growth.

With the aircraft, Turkish hopes to come its goal – to become the world´s largest cargo carrier – a little bit closer. The 777F will help the airline to realise new long-haul routes and additional frequencies on existing cargo links. Based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range), the 777F has a range of up to 4,900nm (9,070km) with a full payload of 112 tons.

"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.

Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes added: "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."

Currently, cargo subsidiary Turkish Cargo operates with a fleet of 10 Airbus A330-200F and four 777F aircraft. Last December, the carrier took delivery of its very first 777F and announced the order for all following three 777Fs in January.

Mainline airline Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkey and the largest airline in the country. Founded in 1933, the airline is operating since 85 years. Main operational hubs have been installed at Ankara, Istanbul – Atatürk and Istanbul – Sabiha Gökcen. By the end of this year, Turkish Airlines will leave Istanbul Atatürk and will move to the new Istanbul Airport.

The fleet consists of 281 aircraft in total, including six Airbus A319s, 20 A320s, 68 A321s (including one A321neo), 65 A330s, four A340s, 84 Boeing 737s (including four 737 MAX 8s) and 37 B777s. Turkish Airlines operates to 288 destinations in 122 worldwide countries

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