VIDEO: Turkish Airlines' first B777 freighter enters the fleet

07 / 12 / 2017

Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 777 freighter, with another on order. 

“The delivery of our first 777 freighter is a milestone event in our cargo business,” said M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the board and the executive committee of Turkish Airlines.

He continued: “Turkish Cargo increased its freighter destinations served from 55 to 73 from the beginning of this year, reaching approximately one million tons of cargo, with a 29% increase compared to the previous year’s same period.”

He added: We’re sure that this significant delivery, bringing 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.”

Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “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.”

The B777F, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, can fly 9,070 km with a full payload of 102 tonnes.

Counting the 170 aircraft on order, and the aircraft whose rental periods are due to finish, the Turkish Airlines fleet will reach 500 aircraft, including freighters, by 2023, which is an important objective of the country's 2023 Vision.

The video of the handover ceremony in Istanbul can be seen below