ACT Airlines, headquartered in Istanbul, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for two A330-200 freighter aircraft.
"Expanding our fleet with the Airbus A330-200F will allow us to further meet Turkey's demand for air cargo transportation. The A330-200F is the ideal complement to our existing aircraft portfolio and builds on our success with the Airbus A300 B4 Freighters. Its payload range characteristics will open up new possibilities for our customers paired with very attractive operating costs." said Mr. Yavuz Cizmeci, ACT Airlines CEO.
Founded in 2004 ACT Airlines currently operates seven Airbus A300 B4 aircraft. This new purchase will allow ACT to offer non-stop services between Istanbul to Hong Kong, Singapore and New York.
"We are delighted with ACT Airlines' renewed confidence in Airbus aircraft. ACT Airlines' decision to select the A330-200F adds to the very robust launch of this latest member of our freighter family", said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers.
The A330-200F is the only mid-size, long haul all-cargo aircraft capable of carrying 64 tonnes over 4000 nautical miles / 7400 kilometres in "range mode" configuration, or 69 metric tons up to 3200nm / 5930 km in "payload mode". The A330-200F offers 30 percent more volume than any freighter in its class.
One of the many advantages of the A330-200F is that it is the first freighter to introduce a versatile main-deck cargo loading system, which can accommodate both pallets and containers, enabling operators to service each of these very different markets.
The A330-200F is a derivative of the very popular A330/A340 Family which has sold more than 1150 aircraft worldwide. The large number of A330/A340 aircraft in service will enable a smooth introduction of the new cargo variant into existing fleets. The A330-200F will also benefit from Airbus' Fly-By-Wire technology enabling faster pilot transition to and from other Airbus aircraft, both passenger and freighter.
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