Turkish Airlines has confirmed it has placed an order for three 777 Freighters following the airline’s announcement of record financial results and strong passenger and cargo growth. Based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range), the 777 Freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometres) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).
M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines’ chairman of the board and the executive committee explained: “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,”
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 a 29% revenue increase compared to the same period a year ago. The results extend the airline’s success in recent years as Turkey has become one of the largest and fastest-growing aviation markets.
In line with the rapid growth, Turkish Airlines has steadily expanded its current and future fleet. In January the carrier announced the order of three 777 Freighters. Two months later, Turkish finalised orders for 25 787-9 Dreamliners and 25 Airbus A350-900s to prepare for growing demand at Istanbul’s third airport which opened in October. Turkish began taking delivery of new 737 MAX aircraft in August, also.
Kevin McAllister, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes praised the airline, saying: “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 honoured that Turkish Airlines has placed its trust and confidence in Boeing’s flagship airplanes: the 737 MAX, the 777 and the 787 Dreamliner,”
With more than 30 777s in its fleet, Turkish Airlines one of the largest operators of the wide-body jet in Europe and the Middle East.