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Turkish Cargo carries COVID-19 vaccines via its cross-continental air bridge


Continuing its contributions for the sustainability of the global supply chain by building a global air cargo bridge all across the globe with its cargo flights, Turkish Cargo has begin to carry COVID-19 vaccines with its strong fleet, wide flight network and special cargo service quality.

Offering service to 127 countries around the world, Turkish Cargo carried the COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured in China, to Brazil which is at a flight distance of approximately 17 thousand kilometers, according to the airline.

According to the Turkish Airlines Chief Cargo Officer, Turhan Özen, the COVID-19 vaccines, loaded inside seven containers equipped with dedicated cooling systems, were transported safely from Beijing to Sao Paulo, the biggest city of the South America, with a connection flight at Istanbul.

He said by carrying pharmaceuticals to the key and certificated destinations such as Mumbai, Brussels, Istanbul, Singapore, Dubai, Basel, London and Amsterdam, Turkish Cargo created a global pharmaceutical corridor between more than 400 destinations, and maintains its commitment for transporting the COVID-19 vaccines that are ready or being developed.

According to Özen, Turkish Cargo provided a capacity increase for the COVID-19 vaccine shipments in order to satisfy the increased demand for transportation of the vaccines, pharmaceuticals and temperature-controlled cargo, adding that the Turkish Cargo commissioned the temperature-controlled smart warehouse with an additional area of 1200 square meters.

Additionally, having increased its capacity for the cold chain shipments by 30 percent by working with the largest suppliers of active containers in the industry, Özen, said the Turkish Cargo enhanced its cold chain shipment scale to 25 thousand tonnes per month thanks to the capacity to service additional 150 aircraft pallets on instantaneous basis.

‘’We made significant contributions for the sustainability of the supply chain and enlarged our cold chain footprint all around the world thanks to the business processes we have been maintaining uninterruptedly during the course of the pandemic. For the purpose of maintaining the cross-continental cold chain, Turkish Cargo offers industrial solutions such as the dedicated temperature-controlled storehouses between the range of -20/25 degrees, pharmaceutical maintenance teams, active containers and thermal carriers. Thanks to our special cargo shipments, for which we hold all global qualifications and certifications, we are ready to transport the vaccines that are ready or being developed to all across the globe.”

“Holding the IATA CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) pharma certificate, Turkish Cargo, maintains the cold chain at the optimal conditions thanks to the “TK Pharma” product which was has designed for carrying pharmaceuticals at global standards.

Transporting pharmaceuticals all across the global in great numbers during the course of the pandemic, the successful brand carried more than 40 thousand tons of pharmaceuticals, medical products and medical equipment between January and September, and reported a growth over 50 percent for the pharmaceutical shipments during the same period,” Özen said.

Özen, said Turkish Cargo is getting ready to offer even higher standards for the pharmaceutical shipments with the certificated dedicated operation areas that will be available with SmartIST, its new mega facility located at the Istanbul Airport (IST) that covers an area of 340 thousand square meters.

He said with an annual handling capacity of more than 4 million tonnes, SmartIST, the key transit air logistics center between Asia and Europe,will be equipped with the receival, delivery and operation area dedicated for the special cargo, the temperature-controlled unit devices (ULDs), an operation area of 2100 square meters isolated from the other cargo and a web-based temperature and humidity monitoring systems.


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