Archive for marzo 2015

Turkish Airlines orders four additional Airbus A330-200 Freighters

Turkish Airlines already operates five A330-200F – Based on the highly successful A330-200, the A330-200F is the only new mid-sized, long-haul freighter

Tolouse, 9th March 2015 – Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for the purchase of four A330-200F freighter aircraft. Operated by Turkish Cargo, a brand of Turkish Airlines, the additional aircraft will help to further boost the company’s expansion in the cargo market.
Turkish Airlines already operates five A330-200F, and the additional order will enable them to quickly meet the growing cargo market demand.
Turkish Airlines operates the largest Airbus fleet in the country with a total of 139 Airbus aircraft in service. These include 91 single aisle aircraft, two A310 freighters, 17 A330-200, 18 A330-300, five A330-200F and six A340s.
Airbus aircraft share a unique 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.

Airbus A330-200F – Milan Malpensa, June 2014

Turkish Cargo Airbus A330-200F landing in Milan Malpensa – © MXPhotos

Based on the highly successful A330-200, the A330-200F is the only new mid-sized, long-haul freighter.
This flexible and technologically advanced aircraft builds on Airbus’ successful experience in the regional freighter market and benefits from the experience of A330 Family aircraft already sold.
The A330-200F is capable of carrying a payload of 65 to 70 tonnes, with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles.
The versatile main deck of the A330-200F accommodates both pallets and containers in a variety of arrangements, taking up to 23 side-by-side pallets or 16 in a single row, in addition to 8 lower deck pallets.

(Airbus Press Office – MXPhotos)

The Antonov An-225 Mriya at Milan Malpensa

From 25th February to 8th March 2015, Milan Malpensa Airport hosted the world’s largest aircraft: the Antonov An-225 Mriya – Operated by Antonov Airlines on behalf of the NATO Support Agency (NSPA), the An-225 performed some charter services to transport heavy equipment from Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport, Cameroon

Antonov An-225 Mriya – Milan Malpensa, March 2015

The Antonov An-225 Mriya at Milan Malpensa, Cargo Apron, Stand 859 – © MXPhotos

The SALIS programme

NATO member countries have pooled their resources to charter special aircraft that give the Alliance the capability to transport heavy equipment across the globe by air.
The multinational airlift consortium is chartering six Antonov An-124-100 transport aircraft, which are capable of handling ‘outsize’ (unusually large) cargo.
The Russian and Ukrainian Antonov aircraft are being used as an interim solution to meet shortfalls in the Alliance’s strategic airlift capabilities, pending deliveries of Airbus A400M aircraft. This is why the project is called Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS).
The consortium includes 12 NATO nations (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom) and two partner nations (Finland and Sweden).
This is one of two complementary initiatives aimed at providing NATO with strategic airlift capabilities. The other is the Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC), under which ten NATO countries plus two partner countries have purchased three Boeing C-17 transport aircraft.


The SALIS contract provides two Antonov An-124-100 aircraft on part-time charter, two more on six days’ notice and another two on nine days’ notice. The countries have committed to using the aircraft for a minimum of 2000 flying hours per year for 2013 and for a minimum of 2450 flying hours for 2014. Additional aircraft types i.e. IL-76 and An-225 are included in the contract but their use is subject to availability.

(NATO Press Office – MXPhotos)