Turkish Airlines places orders for three 777 freighters

Turkish Airlines places orders for three 777 freighters
Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Turkish Airlines announced that the carrier ordered three more 777 Freighters in December 2017. The new order came weeks after the carrier took delivery of two of the large cargo jets (seen here receiving a water canon salute) as part of its plan to further expand its freight business. (Turkish Airlines photo)
Published: 9 January 2018 - 8:52 a.m.
By: Alexander Pieri

As part of its efforts to expand its global freight business, Turkish Airlines has revealed a new order for three additional 777 Freighters from Boeing. The new order follows the delivery of two of Boeing’s large cargo jets by Turkish Airlines.

Commenting on the order, M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, shared: "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."

The 777 Freighter serves as one the longest-range twin-engine freighters in service. Based on the 777-200LR passenger airplane design, the jet can fly 9,070 kilometres with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

The long range of the aircraft translates into enhanced savings for the airline, in the form of fewer stops and reduced landing fees, shorter cargo delivery times, less congestion at transfer hubs, as well as lower cargo handling costs.

Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: "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 recognise the value of the 777 Freighter's long range and large payload capability."

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