December 7, 2017: Istanbul- based Turkish Airlines has received first of the two 777 freighters from Boeing today. A prominent sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo increased its freighter destinations from 55 to 73 this year.

"The delivery of our first 777 Freighter is a milestone event in our cargo business. We’re sure that this significant delivery which will bring great value to our rapidly growing cargo operations will also enable our leading sub-brand to compete further, expand and reach new short and long-range destinations from our hub in Istanbul," said M İlker Aycı, chairman of the board and the executive committee of Turkish Airlines.

"We are honoured to deliver the 777 Freighter to Turkish Airlines. This aircraft's range capability, combined with its enhanced cargo capacity, makes it a perfect airplane for Turkish Airlines to continue to profitably grow its global cargo service," said Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 777 Freighter, the world's longest-range twin-engine freighter, is based on the technologically advanced 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).