Turkish Airlines Expands Cargo Fleet with 4 Boeing 777 Freighters

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Freighter in flight.
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Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, has placed an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters. This will bring its total fleet of these widebody cargo aircraft to twelve.

The acquisition aims to bolster the airline’s position in the increasingly competitive global air cargo market.

Ali Türk, Turkish Airlines Chief Cargo Officer, emphasized the significance of this investment. “This expansion of our cargo fleet underscores our commitment to meeting the rising global demand for air freight services.”

“The addition of these Boeing 777 Freighters will not only enhance our operational capabilitie. It will also serve as another step in our strategic vision to reach the top of the air cargo sector worldwide.”

“We remain dedicated to maintaining our leading position by offering unparalleled service and efficiency to our customers across the globe.”

Keeping Pace with Air Cargo Growth

The decision to acquire additional freighters comes at a time when the air cargo industry is experiencing rapid growth. This is driven primarily by the boom in e-commerce and the increasing need for efficient and reliable transportation solutions worldwide.

These new aircraft will enable Turkish Airlines to optimize its cargo operations. It will yield reduced costs, and ensure timely deliveries to destinations around the world.

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Freighter in flight.
Photo Credit: Boeing

Paul Righi, Vice President of Boeing Commercial Sales for Eurasia, expressed pride in the continued partnership with Turkish Airlines.

“We’re honored to extend our long-standing relationship with Turkish Airlines and support its expansion of cargo operations.”

“The 777 Freighter’s impressive payload capacity, range, and flexibility will empower Turkish Airlines to deliver exceptional customer service while maximizing operational efficiency.”

A Turkish Cargo Boeing 777 freighter approaches to land.
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Boeing 777 Freighter

The Boeing 777 Freighter stands out as the world’s most capable twin-engine freighter. It boasts a maximum payload capacity of 102 metric tons and an impressive range of 9,200 kilometers.

This combination of capacity and range allows Turkish Airlines to serve a wide array of global routes efficiently.

With more than 265 deliveries to date, the 777 Freighter has earned the title of Boeing’s best-selling freighter airplane of all time.

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Turkish Airlines and its Cargo Division

Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933, has grown to become one of the world’s leading airlines. It currently serves over 300 destinations across more than 120 countries.

The airline’s cargo division, Turkish Cargo, has played a crucial role in this expansion, evolving into a major player in the global air freight industry.

Turkish Cargo operates a comprehensive network that connects continents, facilitating trade and supporting global supply chains.

The division has invested heavily in modernizing its fleet and infrastructure to meet the growing demands of the air cargo sector.

With state-of-the-art facilities at Istanbul Airport, Turkish Cargo has positioned itself as a key hub for cargo traffic between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.


The addition of these new Boeing 777 Freighters aligns with Turkish Airlines’ broader strategy to enhance its cargo capabilities and expand its market share.

This investment not only strengthens the airline’s fleet but also demonstrates its commitment to providing cutting-edge logistics solutions to its global customer base.

As Boeing continues to dominate the cargo airplane market, providing more than 90% of the worldwide dedicated freighter capacity through both new production and converted airplanes,

Turkish Airlines’ choice of the 777 Freighter reinforces the aircraft’s reputation as a versatile and efficient cargo workhorse.

In addition to its growing freighter fleet, Turkish Airlines operates a diverse range of Boeing passenger aircraft, including the 777-300ER (Extended Range), Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX, and 787 Dreamliner.

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