Turkey’s national flag carrier has signed a new deal with US plane maker for the purchase of three additional Boeing 777 cargo aircraft as it continues to develop into the fastest-growing air cargo carrier in the world.
The aircraft based on the model 777-200LR (Longer Range) can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tons or 102,000 kg).
With the future acquisition, Turkish airlines will cut down on its delivery time and costs because of fewer stops and associated landing fees.
“The additional aircraft will provide us more flexibility to serve even more destinations as we continue to grow our global freight network,” said İlker Aycı, chairman of Turkish Airlines board and executive committee.
Turkish Airlines already possesses as part of its fleet over thirty 777s.
The carrier’s airfreight business saw a 25% tonnage increase and a 29% revenue increase in 2018 compared to the same period a year ago, reports say.