Turkish Cargo adds plane, new routes
After experiencing encouraging results in the first part of 2011, Turkish Cargo is in expansion mode. The carrier added an A330-200F on June 22 and will branch out to five new destinations in July. The new plane joins a fleet of four A310F planes and on A330-200F craft.
Next month, the carrier will begin freighter flights to Budapest, Kabul, Bombay, Lagos and Riyadh. Turkish Cargo began accepting cargo on twice-weekly passenger services to Donetsk, Ukraine, on June 20.
According to a spokesperson at Turkish Cargo, this growth is due to an “aggressive fleet and network expansion policy, as well as a more active marketing strategy. New destinations will be added to the freighter network till the end of 2011.” These new flights will include services to Erbil, Jeddah, Dhaka, Addis Ababa, Budapest, Munich, Vienna, Warsaw and Stockholm.
This expansion comes on the heels of an increase in the frequency of a handful of Turkish Airlines flights, which has boosted the carrier’s bellyhold capacity. Turkish Cargo has also seen a more than 20 percent year-over-year increase in tonnage throughput so far in 2011.
Turkish Airlines rolled out its planned flight increases in May and June, boosting many routes by four or fewer frequencies, but offering eight new flights between Istanbul and Bucharest. In May, the carrier expanded flights to Beirut, Tiran, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Sofia, Barcelona and Baku. Last month, new frequencies to Almaty, Kuwait, Vienna, Stuttgart, Bucharest, Genoa and Bangkok.