To be operated by Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines’ cargo wing, the four new Airbus A330-200F freighters will add to five it already has in service, from two previous rounds of orders for the type.

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In deals announced on the first day of the Dubai Airshow 2013, Qatar Airways has signed a letter of intent to order 50 Boeing 777-9X passenger aircraft and has signed a firm order for five more Airbus A330-200F freighters, optioning eight more A330-200Fs at the same time.

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Etihad Airways’ new Airbus order comprises 40 Airbus A350-900s, 10 A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos. It also has taken options on 30 additional Airbus aircraft from these families.

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Airbus has handed over the 1,000th A330, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, to Cathay Pacific Airways at a ceremony in Toulouse on July 19.

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Tampa Cargo, AviancaTaca Holding’s Colombia-based cargo airline, has taken delivery of the first of four new Airbus A330-200 Freighters at the Airbus widebody final assembly facility in Toulouse.

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Istanbul-based cargo carrier MNG Airlines has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200Fs on order. MNG already operates a fleet of seven Airbus A300 freighters and by moving up to the larger and more capable Airbus A330-200 Freighter will be able to expand its network and services.

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Colombia-based Synergy Aerospace, whose parent Synergy Group is the majority owner of AviancaTaca and Tampa Cargo and owns several other airlines, has signed a firm order for six Airbus A330-200 passenger jets and three A330-200 Freighter aircraft.

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Airbus has decided to offer further-enhanced versions of its A330 widebody family by increasing the family’s maximum take-off weight capability to 240 metric tonnes. This capability will be first applied to the larger Airbus A330-300 and subsequently to the A330-200 and A330-200F.

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AviancaTaca Holdings unit Avianca has signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighters, which will be operated by Avianca subsidiary Tampa Cargo.

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MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has become a new operator of the Airbus A330-200F, following delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline.

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Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for 10 Airbus A321-200ss and three A330-200F freighter aircraft to meet its passenger- and cargo-market growth plans.

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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 the aircraft sport a new tail livery which modernizes the airline’s flying-bird symbol.

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The latest contract increases the airline’s firm orders for the type to four, all of which will be operated by the carrier’s airfreight subsidiary MASkargo.

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Hong Kong Airlines has become the first operator of the Airbus A330-200F freighter in East Asia, following the delivery of the first of three A330-200Fs which the airline is taking on long-term lease from U.S. lessor Aircastle Limited.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Airbus have highlighted the carrier’s status as the launch customer for the world’s newest freighter aircraft, the widebody A330-200F, by ceremonially handing over Etihad’s first A330-200F at the Farnborough International Airshow and displaying the aircraft at the show.

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