Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 and first A330-200 Freighter at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse on September 29. Both of...

Turkish Airlines has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-300 and first A330-200 Freighter at a delivery ceremony in Toulouse.

The aircraft are both powered by Rolls Royce Trent 700-series engines. Boasting an updated tail livery and with ‘Turkish Airlines’ replacing the ‘Turkish’ of the carrier’s previous livery, the A330-300 – the first of 10 ordered by Turkish Airlines in 2009 – joins the airline’s existing passenger-aircraft fleet of A320s, A330-200s and A340-300s.


In Turkish Airlines service, the A330-300 seats 28 passengers in business class and 261 in economy and the airline will use it on medium- and long-range routes from its hub in Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines received its first Airbus A330-300 on September 29, 2010. The aircraft, which features an updated tail livery and airline titles, is the first of a batch of 10 which Turkish Airlines ordered in 2009

The A330-200F – which also boasts Turkish Airlines’ new tail colors – is the first of two A330-200F freighters that will join Turkish Cargo’s existing all-Airbus freighter fleet of four Airbus A310 freighters. Turkish Cargo will use its first A330-200F on long-haul routes to Shanghai and Hong Kong and to expand its network.

“I am delighted to be adding two more A330-family variants to our fleet,” says Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. “The benefits we will gain from the flexibility of the aircraft and commonality with our existing fleet will provide a strong basis for our continued growth.”

Airbus aircraft share cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.

Turkish Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200F on September 29, 2010. Turkish Cargo is operating the aircraft on long-haul routes to Shanghai and Hong Kong

With a true widebody fuselage allowing high comfort standards, the A330-300 can accommodate seating and cabin configurations to suit diverse customer requirements. It has a range of up to 5,650 nautical miles (10,500km) with a full passenger load. Orders for the A330-300 variant stand at more than 450.

The A330-200F is the latest addition to the A330 Family. Airbus claims the A330-200F offers the lowest operating costs in its size category and says the A330-200F is the only modern mid-size, long-haul, all-cargo aircraft capable of carrying 65 tonnes over 4,000nm (7,400km) or 70 tonnes over 3,200nm (5,900km).