Turkish Airlines has put the spotlight on its two newest Airbus aircraft – an A330-300 passenger jetliner and an A330-200 Freighter – which took part in the Istanbul Airex air show only hours after a double-delivery ceremony at Toulouse, France this week.
Their high-profile presence during the Airex event was further enhanced by the participation of an A380 test/demonstration aircraft, which was dispatched by Airbus to Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, where it joined the A330s in the display area.
The newly-delivered A330-300 and A330-200F are the first jetliners of their type to enter the inventory of Turkish Airlines, whose passenger fleet already includes A330-200s, along with A340s and A320 Family aircraft. Additionally, it utilises A310s for cargo service. A total of 10 new A330-300s and two A330-200Fs have been ordered by the carrier.
Turkish Airlines becomes the third operator to receive an A330-200F. The first freighter arrived at Etihad Airway’s Abu Dhabi headquarters in August, followed by an A330-200F for Hong Kong Airlines – to be operated on long-term lease from Aircastle Limited.
For the Turkish carrier, its two A330-200Fs on order will provide a right-sized cargo capacity of up to 70 tonnes, with range capabilities that match its operational needs on service to Asia, the Middle East, India, Europe and CIS countries.
Another plus for the aircraft is its flexibility to handle a mix of pallets and containers that respond to customers’ varied cargo forwarding needs. Turkish Airlines also will benefit from the high degree of Airbus commonality among its widebody A330/A340s, as well as with the single-aisle A320 Family aircraft.