Turkish Airlines is to acquire another three Boeing 777 Freighters to be operated by its freight arm Turkish Cargo, according to a report on FlightGlobal.
The publication said the aircraft are set to be delivered from next year with the first set to arrive in September 2019 and the other two in January and February 2020.
Turkish Airlines has previously ordered five 777Fs – two converted from an earlier 777-300ER deal and another three at the end of last year and has taken delivery of four of these aircraft.
Turkish Cargo is one of the globe’s fastest growing cargo carriers and recently launched new freight routes to H Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Bangalore in India. It operates a fleet of 20 freighters and also carriers cargo via sister carrier Turkish Airlines’ massive passenger 300+ fleet and is aiming to reach 475 aircraft by 2023.
It carried more than one million tonnes of cargo in the first nine months of 2018 – a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 25 per cent on the same period of the previous year, while cargo revenue surged 29 per cent and reached $1.2 billion.