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Turkish Airlines Orders Three Boeing 777 Freighters

Turkish Airlines has ordered three Boeing 777 Freighters.

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% tonnage increase and 29% growth in revenue compared to the same period last year.

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777F. Click to enlarge.

"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.

In January, Turkish Airlines ordered three 777 Freighters and two months later finalized an order for 25 787-9 Dreamliners with five options. Over the past few months, Turkish has started taking delivery of new 737 MAX airplanes to refresh its single-aisle fleet. In all, the airline's fleet of Boeing jetliners has grown to more than 160, with nearly 100 additional jets on order.

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

 Based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range), the 777 Freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

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