Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, has received its first 777 Freighter from the Boeing Company.
Based on the design of the 777-200LR passenger airplane, the 777 Freighter is a twin-engine freighter that boasts a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg), as well as a range of 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres).
Turkish Airlines’ new aircraft is the first of two 777 Freighters that the flag carrier has ordered for 2017.
M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, called the delivery of the first 777 Freighter, “a milestone event in our cargo business.”
He added: “"As a prominent sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo increased its freighter destinations served from 55 to 73 from the beginning of this year, reaching to approximately 1 million tons of cargo with 29 percent increase compared to the previous year’ same period.
“It is surely beyond doubt that this a remarkable success. We’re sure that this significant delivery which will bring great value to our rapidly growing cargo operations will also enable our leading sub-brand to further compete, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations from our hub in Istanbul.”
Founded original in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes, Turkish Airlines today operates 329 aircraft and offers direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. In addition to its cargo aircrafts, the 170 aircraft on order, as well as those aircraft whose rental periods will conclude at the end of 2023, Turkish Airlines is expected to reach 500 aircraft.
Commenting on project, Marty Bentrott, SVP of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, shared: "We are honoured to deliver the 777 Freighter to Turkish Airlines.
"This aircraft's range capability, combined with its enhanced cargo capacity, makes it a perfect airplane for Turkish Airlines to continue to profitably grow its global cargo service.”