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Turkish Airlines orders three Boeing 777 freighters

Turkish Airlines and Boeing today announced an order for three 777 Freighters as the flag carrier of Turkey continues to soar on record financial results and double-digit passenger and cargo growth. 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.

The new order comes days after Turkish Airlines posted record profits for the first nine months of 2018 on strong passenger and cargo demand. The carrier’s air freight business saw a 25-percent tonnage increase and a 29-percent revenue increase compared to the same period a year ago. The results extend the airline’s success in recent years as Turkey has become one of the largest and fastest-growing aviation markets.

In line with the rapid growth, Turkish Airlines has steadily expanded its current and future fleet. Last January, the carrier announced the order of three 777 Freighters. Two months later, Turkish finalized an order for 25 787-9 Dreamliners and five options to prepare for growing demand at Istanbul’s third airport, named “Istanbul Airport” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during its official opening last month. Over the past few months, Turkish has begun taking delivery of new 737 MAX airplanes to refresh its single-aisle jets. In all, the airline’s fleet of Boeing jetliners has grown to more than 160, with nearly 100 additional jets on order.

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.

To support the long-term growth of the Turkish aerospace industry and strengthen Boeing’s presence in the country, Boeing launched a strategic partnership program in Turkey last year, called the National Aerospace Initiative. Aligned with the targets of Turkey’s Vision 2023 that set for the 100th anniversary of Turkish Republic’s foundation, the initiative lays out a strategic collaboration framework in four key areas: industrial development, technology acceleration, services collaboration and advanced-skill training.

In line with these goals, Boeing is planning to open an engineering center in Istanbul that would specialize in research and support Turkey’s growing aerospace capability. The company also recently expanded its collaboration with Turkish Technic, the maintenance arm of Turkish Airlines. Under the agreement, Turkish Technic becomes a strategic supplier for Boeing’s Global Fleet Care program, providing operators with line maintenance, heavy maintenance, component service and repair for multiple aircraft models. Additionally, Boeing and Turkish Technic will partner to train and certify aircraft technicians.

Image: Boeing.

 

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Qatar Airways Cargo commences freighter services to Macau and introduces transpacific services

Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777F A7-BFO (msn 62772) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943451.

Qatar Airways Cargo is pleased to announce that it has commenced freighter services to Macau, the carrier’s fourth freighter destination in Greater China. The arrival flight was greeted with the traditional water cannon salute (below).

Alongside the launch of the new twice-weekly services to Macau, the carrier has also introduced transpacific freighter services, providing direct flights over the Pacific from Macau to North America, resulting in reduced flight times and faster services for customers.

Macau becomes Qatar Airways Cargo’s fourth freighter destination in greater China after Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The cargo carrier also transports belly-hold cargo on passenger flights to seven destinations in Greater China. In North America, the carrier has an extensive network of nine freighter destinations and 11 belly-hold cargo destinations.

The carrier’s Boeing 777 freighter operates twice a week from Doha to Macau. From Macau, it departs across the Pacific to Los Angeles and Mexico City. On the return leg, the freighter flies over the Atlantic to Liege before arriving at the carrier’s hub in Doha. One hundred tons of cargo capacity is offered on each flight leg.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Qatar): Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777F A7-BFO (msn 62772) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943451.

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The first commercial aircraft to fly using 100% biofuel

Boeing-FedEx "ecoDemonstrator Program"

Boeing made this announcement on social media:

This FedEx Express Boeing 777F Freighter is the first commercial aircraft to fly using 100% biofuel. The “sky’s the limit” for our ecoDemonstrator Program to deliver new technologies to meet environmental goals.

Boeing previously announced the innovative program in November 2017 for the 777F:

To most, it looked like a normal delivery to FedEx Express recently when Boeing Commercial Airplanes handed over the keys to a 777 Freighter. Yet, the special decals attached to the fuselage indicated it will be the next ecoDemonstrator, the fifth iteration of the flight test program.

It will be the first time a 777 is used for the ecoDemonstrator flying testbed, having used a 737, 787, 757 and Embraer airplane in previous years. To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested more than 80 technologies using four airplanes as flying test beds.

In 2018, Boeing and FedEx plan to work together to test more than 35 technologies aboard the FedEx-owned 777 Freighter, including flight deck enhancements, compact thrust reverser and advanced materials.

Before testing innovations that could enhance flight safety and efficiency, the airplane will first go into revenue service in the FedEx fleet through the end of the year, flying international routes. The freighter will be returned to Boeing in January, when it will serve as the ecoDemonstrator testbed through May.

“Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program plays an important role in the company’s innovation and environmental strategy,” said Mike Sinnett, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development. “By using flight testing to accelerate new technologies, we can move development along, off the critical path.”

Some of the technology, with the goal of reducing emissions and noise, also can improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and other operational goals. Proven ecoDemonstrator technologies and processes might be incorporated into existing production models, made available for in-service fleets or applied to new airplane development programs.

After testing is completed, the airplane will be returned to FedEx in original condition so the carrier can return the airplane to service in its fleet.

By Bret Jensen

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Boeing): FedEx Express Boeing 777F N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939725.

Bottom Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777F N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941665.

FedEx Express Boeing 777F N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941665.

ANA finalizes its order for two Boeing 777F freighters

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Boeing announced the Japanese carrier has finalizes its order for two 777 Freighters valued at $678 million according to list prices.

While ANA is a major operator of the 777 passenger jet, it has grown its cargo operation with the medium-sized 767 Freighter. In adding the 777 Freighter – the world’s largest and longest range twin-engine cargo jet – ANA is expanding its cargo capabilities just as the air freight market keeps growing at historically high rates.

 

ANA says it plans to fly its new 777 Freighters on international routes, particularly to Asia, China, and North America. With this order, ANA will become the first airline in Japan to operate 777 Freighters.

The delivery is scheduled for 2019.

The 777 Freighter is capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a payload of 112 tons (102 metric tons or 102,000 kg). The airplane’s long range translates into significant savings as fewer stops mean lower landing fees, less congestion, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.

Image: ANA.

 

Turkish Airlines orders three Boeing 777F freighters

Turkish's second Boeing 777F, first flight on December 14, 2017

Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced that the carrier ordered three more 777 Freighters in December 2017. The new order came weeks after the carrier took delivery of two of the large cargo jets as part of its plan to further expand its freight business.

 

The 777 Freighter is the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter and is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane. The jet can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

Copyright Photo: Turkish Cargo (Turkish Airlines) Boeing 777F TC-LJM (msn 60404) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940280.

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Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrate the airline’s first 777F Freighter

Boeing, Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery of carrierís first 777 Freighter. The airplane is seen here arriving to Istanbul. (Turkish Airlines photo). (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777 Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business.

The 777 Freighter is based on the 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).

Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It carries over 60 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers, expanding to 329 aircraft today.

Photo: Turkish Airlines/Boeing. Turkish Airlines Boeing 777F TC-LJL (msn 60403) is pictured arriving at the Istanbul base. The freighter was actually handed over by Boeing to the carrier on November 30, 2017.

EVA Air introduces its first Boeing 777F freighter

EVA Air took delivery of its first Boeing 777 freighter, registration B-16781, at the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Seattle on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The carrier flew its newest freighter from Paine Field to Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), departing shortly after delivery and arriving on Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Taipei Time). The airport welcomed Taiwan’s first Boeing 777 freighter with a water cannon ceremony provided with two fire trucks.

EVA plans to put its new Boeing 777 freighter in service on routes between Asia and North America in late November. The airline’s freighter destinations in Asia include Shanghai Pudong, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore, Bangkok, Penang and Hanoi. Its air cargo gateways in North America are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta. EVA now provides airfreight services on 62 routes, including five dedicated cargo gateways, with 35 weekly freighter flights. Shippers and freight forwarders can reserve space at http://www.brcargo.com and track shipments from their smart phones with the EVA Cargo App.

The highly efficient Boeing 777 freighter is the world’s largest twin-engine air cargo carrier. The Boeing Company designed it to replace both the 747-400 and MD11 freighters. Based on the Boeing 777-200LR, the 777 freighter has the range to fly 5,000 nautical miles fully loaded with a maximum capacity of 102 tons. EVA can use it to fly airfreight from Taiwan to any destination in North America with one technical stop in Anchorage, Alaska.

Energy-efficient and environment-friendly, Boeing 777 freighter is expected to effectively reduce carbon emissions compared to the 747-400 freighter. EVA is equipping its Boeing 777 freighters with GE90-115B Turbofan Engines, the same as those used to power its 34 Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes. By using the same engine, EVA will not only reduce maintenance costs but also promote maintenance management efficiencies for its turbofan engines.

Both the 777 and 747-400 freighters accommodate the same-sized pallets and containers, providing the advantages of resource sharing and smoothing the cargo-loading process during EVA’s transition to the newer aircraft. The addition of 777F to the fleet also gives flight crews the flexibility to fly both passenger and cargo models after they have completed EVA’s demanding pilot-training program.

EVA ordered five 777 freighters from the Boeing Company in July 2015 and will take delivery of the additional four by September 2019. As it adds the new freighters, it will successively retire its five remaining 747-400 freighters by the end of 2019. EVA is now operating a fleet of 79 aircraft, including the new freighter.

Photo: EVA Air.