Turkish Airlines has agreed with Boeing to acquire three cargo 777 Freighters, valued at 1,017 million dollars (1,143 million euros), an order with which the Turkish airline adds more cargo vessels to its fleet, has informed the manufacturer.
The company has opted for this model, based on the 777-200LR, which can fly 4,900 nautical miles with a payload of 112 tons. As it is a long-range model, it allows for fewer stops and, therefore, lower freight handling costs and shorter delivery times.
This aircraft has contributed greatly to Turkish Cargo, the company’s cargo subsidiary, experiencing significant growth by providing “greater flexibility” to its cargo fleet.
The air cargo business of the Turkish carrier experienced an increase in tonnage of 25% and an increase in revenues of 29% compared to the same period of the previous year.
In January, Turkish Airlines announced an order for three 777 freighters. Two months later, he completed an order for 25 787-9 ‘Dreamliners’ planes, with five additional options, for his operation at the new airport in Istanbul. With more than 30 777 aircraft in its fleet, the Turkish airline is among the top 10 operators of the wide-body aircraft in Europe and the Middle East.
In addition, in recent months has begun to receive new units of the 737 MAX to upgrade its single-aisle aircraft. In total, the airline’s Boeing aircraft fleet has grown to 160 aircraft, with nearly 100 additional aircraft commissioned.
On the other hand, Boeing plans to open an engineering center in Istanbul that specializes in research and supports the growing capacity of the Turkish market, where Turkish Technic, the maintenance arm of Turkish Airlines, will be one of its main suppliers. In addition, both companies will partner to train and certify aircraft technicians.