Istanbul Atatürk International Airport-based cargo carrier MNG Airlines has taken delivery of the first of four Airbus A330-200Fs on order.
MNG Airlines already operates a fleet of seven Airbus A300-600F and A300-200F freighters and by moving up to the larger and more capable Airbus A330-200F will be able to expand its network and services.
“Holding a big portion of the cargo capacity in Turkey, MNG Airlines is delighted to introduce the A330-200F into our fleet,” says Sedat Özkazanç, managing director of MNG Airlines. “This new Airbus freighter aircraft will help our continued growth by providing superior fuel efficiency, capacity and range for our customers together with both charter and scheduled flights.”
Benefiting from the market success of the passenger versions of the A330-200 family, the Airbus A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter. It can carry 70 tonnes of payload and offers a range capability of up to 4,000 nautical miles.
According to Airbus, the A330-200F’s range and payload capability provides flexibility for both regional and intercontinental operations, allowing operators to grow existing business and expand into new routes.
The A330-200F targets the mid-size freighter segment which Airbus forecasts to be the core of future freighter demand, the manufacturer foreseeing a requirement of more than 1,320 such aircraft in the next 20 years.
To date, the manufacturer has won orders for more than 1,200 examples of the various versions of the Airbus A330 family, with nearly 900 aircraft currently flying with over 120 customers and operators worldwide.