Freight Turkish Airlines orders three B777 freighters

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced a firm order by the carrier for three more Boeing 777 Freighters. The aircraft will add to the existing cargo fleet of 11 aircraft.

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The new order comes only 4 weeks after Turkish Airlines has received its first two Boeing 777 Freighters and underlines the carrier’s ambitions to expand its freight business.

The new aircraft will be delivered this year, as M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines said: "These freighter orders will surely contribute to our significant target for establishing a young and efficient cargo fleet [...] The new aircraft will be delivered this year and will provide us with additional flexibility to serve more destinations while we continue to develop our global freight service."

Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes added: "The 777 Freighter is the largest and most capable twin-engine freighter in the world today [...] We're pleased world-class customers like Turkish Airlines recognize the value of the 777 Freighter's long range and large payload capability."

The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR passenger airplane. It can fly up to 4,900 nautical miles, with a full payload of 112 tons.

Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier of Turkey and was founded in 1933. The airline is headquartered in Istanbul and operates services to over 300 destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. It carries over 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of over 280 middle- and widebody aircraft. Turkish Cargo is a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines and operates cargo flights with two Boeing 777 Freighters and nine Airbus A330-200 Freighters.

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