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Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul Cargo Hub Receives IATA CEIV Certification

Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul cargo hub was recently awarded with IATA’s CEIV Certification. This certificate is due in part to their efforts to preserve the integrity of healthcare products at their facility.

Turkish Cargo has totally 3000 m² special storage areas covering four different temperature ranges (from -20 °C to +25 °C) in an indoor area of 43.000 m² on a total area of 71.000 m². The healthcare products are stored in a dedicated area of 1030 m². All storing and handling processes are carried out as specified in the relevant regulations.

Temperatures are monitored with the telemetry system, and all cargo movements are tracked with COMIS, Turkish Cargo’s IT software in real time. The temperature and time-critical consignments are the last cargoes prepared for loading and the first ones loaded into the aircraft in order to minimize their exposure to outer environment. With its thermal blanket and active container services, Turkish Cargo aims to minimize the risk to highly sensitive healthcare products. As an indication of the importance it gives to such consignments, Turkish Cargo is planning to commission the “Thermal Dolly” service and using it for the temperature and time-critical consignments soon.

That fact that temperature changes pose serious threats to integrity of sensitive healthcare products, in a market that has a-trillion-dollar annual volume, requires a more complex but more reliable method developed for it in air transportation. To that end, special equipment, storage facilities, compatible handling procedures, and above all, strong harmonized among all elements of the entire cold chain are very important. Turkish Cargo said that they’re proud to be an important actor in the healthcare products and airline transportation sectors, and are proud to have achieved IATA CEIV Pharma certification.