Turkish Airlines has ordered
three Boeing 777 Freighters.
new order comes days after Turkish Airlines posted record profits
for the first nine months of 2018 on strong passenger and cargo
The carrier's air freight business saw a 25% tonnage increase and 29%
growth in revenue compared to the
same period last year.
"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
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