Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Freight Aircraft Order Whilst Air Cargo Association Expands its Range

Extra 777's Sold as TIACA Signs Up Forwarding and Logistics Agencies
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TURKEY – US – SOUTH AMERICA – Following the purchase of two Boeing 777 freighters just last month, Turkish Airlines has announced a new order for three more of the large cargo jets as part of its ongoing plans to further expand the carrier's 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 kilometres) with a full payload of 102 tonnes. M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, commented:

"These freighter orders will surely contribute to our significant target for establishing a young and efficient cargo fleet. The new aircraft will be delivered this year and will provide us with additional flexibility to serve more destinations while we continue to develop our global freight service."

Boeing claims the airplane's range capability translates into significant savings for airlines, with fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times. Marty Bentrott, senior vice president of Sales, Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, observed:

"The 777 Freighter is the largest and most capable twin-engine freighter in the world today. We're pleased world-class customers like Turkish Airlines recognize the value of the 777 Freighter's long range and large payload capability."

In other air freight news The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with key Latin American organizations and has appointed a sales agent to further grow its presence in the region. The MoUs are with Buenos Aires, based Americas Alliance (AA), Bogotá, Colombia-headquartered Federation of National Associations of Cargo Agents (FITAC) and International Logistical Operators of Latin America and the Caribbean (ALACAT), and Santiago, Chile-based logistics provider AGUNSA.

TIACA has pledged to work with the three organizations on new air cargo events, training, and to promote industry best practice across Latin America and AGUNSA has also been appointed as TIACA’s sales agent for Latin America, to encourage companies in the region to attend and exhibit at TIACA’s events and to grow membership. Eric Hartmann, Vice President, AGUNSA, commented:

“TIACA is the premier platform that brings the international logistics community together on all levels. We at AGUNSA are proud to be working with TIACA expanding its presence in Latin America. Our objective is to bring South America closer to the world as we look to support the success of this year’s Air Cargo Forum in Toronto.”

TIACA’s 29th International Air Cargo Forum and Exhibition 2018 takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada from October 16 - 18. Sebastiaan Scholte, TIACA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jan de Rijk Logistics, commented:

“Latin America is an important growing region where up till now TIACA did not have that much exposure. With the partnership with these three highly regarded organizations we are expanding our presence in Latin America.”

TIACA recently signed an MoU with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) as part of its global expansion drive and the man responsible for additional information or partnership opportunities with TIACA, Secretary General Vladimir Zubkov, added:

“We are continuing our efforts to expand the geography of TIACA membership and connections, and these three MoUs are in line with our current policy of globalisation and regional partnerships.”