March 09, 2015: Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for the purchase of four A330-200F freighter aircraft to be delivered on April 2015, April 2016, October 2016 and January 2017.
The aircraft will be operated by Turkish Cargo, a brand of Turkish Airlines, and will help to further boost the company's expansion in the cargo market.
Turkish Airlines already operates five A330-200F, and the additional order will enable them to quickly meet the growing cargo market demand.
"The A330-200F freighter aircraft have demonstrated outstanding operational reliability and performance for our cargo transport operations. It is with this in mind that we chose to expand our freighter fleet with more A330-200F," said Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines.
"A prestigious customer like Turkish Airlines ordering the A330-200F for the third time shows a real vote of confidence in this aircraft to help further develop their cargo business," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "The A330 Family is the most versatile family of aircraft on the market and the A330-200F is no exception, being the most flexible, reliable and cost-efficient freighter."
Turkish Airlines operates the largest Airbus fleet in the country with a total of 139 Airbus aircraft in service. These include 91 single aisle aircraft, two A310 freighters, 17 A330-200, 18 A330-300, five A330-200F and six A340s.
The A330-200F is capable of carrying a payload of 65 to 70 tonnes, with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles.