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Turkish Awarded IATA CEIV Certification

Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo and their Istanbul hub have been awarded IATA’s coveted Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certificate. The award reinforces their commitment and ability to safely transport delicate, time-critical and temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals and medical products around the world.

”Transportation of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products is a priority for Turkish Cargo. As we continue to expand our operations in this area we remain committed to ensuring that we are operating to the highest possible quality standards. Achieving IATA CEIV Pharma certification means that our customers can have the confidence that their sensitive cargo will be handled – at every stage in the process – in accordance with the very best practices.” said Şeref Kazancı, SVP Cargo of Turkish Airlines.

Turkish CEIV Award Ceremony

Representatives at the IATA CEIV Award Ceremony

Turkish Cargo also mentioned that they are strengthening and upgrading their position in the pharma segment by investing in new products and services aimed at ensuring the integrity of the cold chain and products throughout the transportation process. A new ‘Thermal Dolly’ service is set to be introduced at Istanbul Atatürk Airport to protect shipments from the heat on the tarmac.

“After successfully undergoing a rigorous assessment against national and international standards, we are delighted to recognize, Turkish Cargo and its Istanbul hub as CEIV Pharma Certified. With the airline groups’ commitment to investing in its workforce, state-of-the-art facilities, innovative products and certifications, Turkish Cargo’s customers can be confident that their life-saving and temperature sensitive products will be delivered in impeccable condition. We congratulate them on their achievement,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Head of Cargo.

Turkish Cargo has 3000 m² of 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.