Boeing, Turkish Airlines celebrate 777 freighter delivery

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Turkish Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the airline´s first 777 Freighter, the world´s longest-range twin-engine freighter, the company said.

The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business.

The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It carries over 60 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers, expanding to 329 aircraft today.