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SEATTLE: November 26, 2018. Turkish Airlines has ordered three more B777 freighters in a bid to become the world’s largest air cargo carrier, says Boeing.

"We are excited to expand our efficient cargo fleet with the 777 freighter. This aircraft has contributed greatly to Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines' successful sub brand, becoming the fastest-growing air cargo carrier in the world,” declared M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines' chairman.

Three more B777F for THY“The additional aircraft will provide us more flexibility to serve even more destinations as we continue to grow our global freight network."

The new order comes days after the airline posted record profits for the first nine months of 2018 on strong passenger and cargo demand. The carrier's airfreight business saw a 25-percent tonnage increase and a 29-percent revenue increase compared to the same period a year ago.

Last January the carrier announced the order of three B777 freighters and two months later ordered 25 B787-9s with five options. With the recent delivery of new B737 MAX airplanes, the airline now operates over 160 Boeing aircraft with nearly 100 more on order.

"Turkish Airlines has achieved significant success over the past decade. In addition to introducing innovations that have powered the growth of Turkey's commercial aviation sector and anchored a new state-of-the art airport, the airline is delivering outstanding results and rising in the ranks of elite airlines,” said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Last year Boeing launched a strategic partnership programme in Turkey covering industrial development, technology acceleration, services collaboration and advanced-skill training.

The company also recently expanded its collaboration with Turkish Technic, the maintenance arm of Turkish Airlines, to become a strategic supplier for Boeing's Global Fleet Care programme, providing operators with line maintenance, heavy maintenance, component service and repair for multiple aircraft models.

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