Turkish Airlines orders additional Boeing 777 jets

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced Turkey´s flag carrier Turkish Airlines has ordered three 777 Freighters, the company said.

The order adds more of the long-range freighter to Turkish´s fleet as the airline pursues its goal of becoming the world´s largest cargo carrier.

Based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range), the 777 Freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). The long range means fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.

With more than 30 777s in its fleet, Turkish Airlines is among the top 10 operators of the wide-body jet in Europe and the Middle East.

Turkish Airlines carried approximately 70 million passengers last year. The airline currently operates direct flights to 304 destinations in 122 countries, as the only airline that flies to more countries and international destinations in the world. Turkish Cargo, the sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, is the world´s fastest-growing air cargo carrier considering the cargo volumes, new flight destinations, and expanding cargo fleet. It serves customers in 124 countries, including two more countries besides the ones included in Turkish Airlines´ flight network.