Turkish Airlines operates B777 to Chennai for the first time
Turkish Airlines operates B777 to Chennai for the first time. For the past few months Turkish Airlines has been operating additional cargo only passenger flights due to the rise in demand for cargo movement due to lack of options. This is not the first time an airline is using their passenger B777-300ER for cargo operations. Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Ethiopian Airlines have used their passenger B777-300ER for cargo operations to Chennai.
Turkish Airlines B777-300ER
Turkish Cargo operates cargo flights predominantly using their A330F. For the past few months Turkish Airlines has been operating their passenger A330-300 aircraft to Chennai. Replacing the A330-300, the airline is now using their Boeing B777-300ER on its Chennai route. As per their schedule they will operate to Chennai twice weekly. June 7th 2021 will be the first time the airline’s B777-300ER makes its debut in Chennai.
The aircraft will operate on Istanbul- Chennai – Colombo route. The aircraft making this flight was registered as TC-LJD which is 5.5 years old and will operate as TK6009. As per the airline, its B777-300ER will have a cargo capacity of around 75,000kgs excluding the cargo carried in the main deck. Its first flight departed Istanbul at 15:27 local time and arrived at Chennai at 00:48 the next day local time with a flight time of 06:51hrs. This would later depart to Colombo at 03:30 local time after a turnaround time of around 2.5 hours. Seen below is its arrival into Chennai using runway 25. The airline will deploy the aircraft twice weekly.
Turkish Airlines operations at Chennai
Turkish Cargo introduced flights to Chennai in 2016 operating on Istanbul-Chennai-Colombo and Istanbul-Chennai-Hyderabad routes. Since then Turkish Airlines only had Turkish Cargo perform cargo flights to Chennai using their A330-200F until they started deploying their passenger A330-300 aircraft owing to rise in demand for cargo. Now they have replaced the A330-300 with B777-300ER. Seen below is their A330-200F landing at Chennai arriving from Istanbul as well as their passenger A330-300 landing at Chennai.
The airline also used Air ACT to fly their B747-400F on their behalf to Chennai. Back then that was the first time Air ACT had operated to Chennai. In the past few months Turkish Airlines has flown their A330-200F, A330-300, B747-400F and now the have introduced their B777-300ER to Chennai. With the airline operating such a diverse fleet of aircraft, one can only hope to see them operate their B787 or their A350 to Chennai.