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Highlights from Turkish Cargo’s Ambitious Expansion Throughout 2017

For thousands of years, Turkey has both symbolically and literally been a hub connecting different regions and cultures from around the globe. A combination of various cultures has made the country a global melting pot of ideas, and from that the country has embraced a special cultural identity that’s uniquely Turkish. For thousands of years, Turkey has both symbolically and literally been a hub connecting different regions and cultures from around the globe. A combination of various cultures has made the country a global melting pot of ideas, and from that the country has embraced a special cultural identity that’s uniquely Turkish.

Driven by this, Turkish Cargo carriers on their proud traditions and utilizes their Istanbul hub as a centrally located global connector for destinations around the globe. Over the past 10 months especially, Turkish Cargo has been lauded for their many successful achievements, due in part to several services and initiatives they’ve launched. Highlights from this year include the launch of numerous services to destinations around the world, bringing the carrier’s total service coverage to over 120 countries worldwide. Along with collecting many accolades, the carrier is looking forward with a strong focus on the cargo and connecting their services to provide more choices for customers.

Developing a Path to Success

The year began with the appointment of Mr. Turhan Özen as Turkish Cargo’s newest Chief Cargo Officer. His vision forward has helped drive Turkish Cargo to the success they have earned this year. Mr. Özen’s fresh approach to the position comes from his decades of experience working on the other side of the table, as a consumer of air cargo services working in the auto logistics industry and working for 3PLs. Under his role, more focus is being directed towards customer needs and satisfaction. His first-hand experience of what the true needs of clients and customers are gives Turkish Cargo a competitive advantage and helped propel them to the success they have found.

Mr. Turhan Özen

In a recent interview Mr. Özen said, “I strongly believe that at Turkish Cargo we play a much more proactive role together with forwarders to create value and develop solutions for end customers. This is a very important change in the mindset for my team at Turkish Cargo, to start to see from the eyes of the final customer. What they are looking for in terms of service and solutions, activity, and responsiveness should be translated directly to the area cargo staff throughout the network.”

Covering the Globe

With a focus on the needs and the development of solutions for end customers, Turkish Cargo has delivered on their promise of connecting more destinations around the world for customers, especially with many freighter and cargo centric routes that were launched in 2017. In combination with their ample belly space on passenger flights, Turkish Cargo is covering more destinations than ever before. Highlights from this year include:

  • Turkish Cargo Continues to Grow in Shanghai

At the beginning of April, Turkish Cargo announced that their station out of Shanghai, China would begin service with cargo flights 6 days of a week. In addition to the carriers existing 777 passenger flights, their cargo flights, which started at 1 frequency per week in 2013, has increased to 6 frequencies per week in only 4 years. Shanghai, with its current position, was the 2nd highest cargo station abroad for the carrier.

Chief Cargo Officer Mr. Turhan Özen, stated that he had a chance to see the dynamics of the Chinese market and the Far Eastern team, and that with its new products and developing flight network, Turkish Cargo will continue to be one of the important players in the Chinese market.

Mr. Sabri Tunç Angılı, Republic of Turkey, Consul General of Shanghai said, “In recent years, cooperation between Turkey and China has increased with several businesses. Widening economical and commercial relations has become more and more important. China is not only World’s second largest economy, but also Turkey’s second greatest trade partner. We can see that Chinese corporates have invested in Turkey, with the approximately 30 Billion USD amounted trade volume between two countries.”

  • Turkish Cargo Begins New Freighter Network to Sao Paulo, Brazil

Starting at the end of June this year, Turkish Cargo commenced scheduled cargo flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil; one of the largest industrial and trade centers of the South America.

Brazil, which has accomplished exports amounting to a total of 190 Billion USD during 2016 and which mainly exports to China, also exports products to a great number of European and Middle East countries. The products exported by Brazil generally consist of machinery, electrical – electronic equipment, chemical products and automotive parts, and some of such products are exported by making use of air cargo and carried by Turkish Airlines fleet at the present. Also, there is a wide variety of exported goods such as leather, eggs and medicines.  Since it has a wide range of products and market diversity, it constitutes a market with high potential for the carrier. With having strong link in the Latin American network, Turkish Cargo is aiming to serve other destinations within the region as well.

  • Turkish Cargo Launches Freighter Flights to Paris

In late June, Turkish Cargo announced the launch of scheduled freighter flights to Paris, France. Automobile, aircraft engines, as well as pharmaceutical products and plastic raw materials are the top-ranking items in the export operations performed to Turkey from France.

France is the third-largest economy across the European Union and the sixth-largest economy of the world. Since France has a wide range of products and market diversity, it constitutes a market with high potential for Turkish Cargo.

Turkish Cargo says they aim to provide a better connection service to Africa, Middle East and Turkic Republics, especially the Far East, which constitute 75 percent of its transportation potential upon initiation of the flights to Paris.

  • Turkish Cargo Launches Freighter Service to Kano, Nigeria

Turkish Cargo continued to expand its cargo flights network to satisfy the expectations of its customers with the launch of Kano flights launched at the beginning of July.

Increasing the frequency of its cargo flights to Dakar on weekly basis from one to two upon launch of flights to Kano, Turkish Cargo will increase its operations across the region. As the second destination after Lagos in Nigeria to which Turkish Cargo will operate cargo flights, Kano stands out with its processed leather products exported to especially European countries. Appealing other important markets such as India and Sudan, all products, which have been manufactured in Kano but transported via Lagos before, will now be able to be transported directly from the manufactures location.

  • Turkish Cargo Launches Cargo Flights to Riga and Prague

Continuing to take firm steps forward to extending their extensive flight networks to the four corners of the world, Turkish Cargo scheduled cargo flights to two important capitals of the Eastern Europe. Turkish Cargo launched scheduled cargo flights to Riga, the capital of Latvia, and Prague, the capital of Czechia, starting July 1, 2017. Turkish Cargo is connecting the entire Baltic region to the rest of the World with Riga and Prague flights to be operated 2 times a week. Turkish Cargo will be the first air cargo company with the highest level of capacity across the region upon launch of the cargo flights.

The products exported by these countries generally consist of machinery, electrical – electronic equipment, chemical products and automotive parts, and some of such products are exported by making use of air cargo at the present. Turkish Cargo aims to provide a highly rapid connection service to Africa, Middle East and Turkic Republics, especially the Far East, for air cargo originating from the Baltic countries, thanks to its extensive flight network upon initiation of the cargo flights.

  • Turkish Cargo Launches Cargo Flights to Johannesburg and Madagascar

The beginning of July this year also saw Turkish Cargo launching scheduled cargo flights to Johannesburg, the biggest industrial and commercial center in South Africa, and Madagascar, the largest island of Vanilla Islands.

With the majority of its exportation performed to European and American countries, South Africa exports a great variety of products across the world. The products exported by South Africa generally consist of machinery, electrical – electronic equipment, chemicals and automotive parts, and such products are mainly exported by air cargo and currently carried by passenger flights operated by Turkish Airlines.

Situated at the eastern coast of the African continent, Madagascar comes to the forefront as a market which exports a wide range of goods. Mainly vanilla, tropical fruits and textile products are transported to European and American countries while live crabs and sea products are transported to the Far East from Madagascar. The cargo flights, initiated to both destinations by Turkish Cargo, will allow diversification in terms of variety of products transported.

  • Turkish Cargo Launches Cargo Services to Phuket

At the end of July, Turkish Cargo launched service to one of the most picturesque locations in the world, with scheduled flights to Thailand’s world-famous Phuket island. The flights to be performed by Turkish Airlines’ wide-body passenger aircrafts are planned as 4 frequencies per week. Turkish Cargo is enabling trade to this travel hotspot like never before, opening up new opportunities for both importers and exporters looking to take advantage of this new service.

Fruits of the Labor

Through all this hard work and dedication, the results show it is worth the effort as Turkish Cargo recently reported double-digit growth in the first half of 2017. Turkish Cargo has continued their upward trend in becoming one of the world’s fastest growing air cargo brands, by increasing their share in the global air cargo market with 24% year-on-year growth in revenue within the first half of 2017.

Part of the growth is due in thanks to the carrier launching seven new service points within the last two months, increasing their cargo destinations to 72 by the end of August 2017 which was at 55 at the beginning of 2016. Having generated a wide corridor extending to Africa from Asia and to the Latin America from the Europe, Turkish Cargo has passed through the first half of 2017 with great, successful results.

The carrier has also invested and expanded their extensive flight network, and made an indelible impression at the international market with its two Boeing 747-400 freighters it has incorporated into their fleet.

Having reinforced its growth momentum with its regional accomplishments, Turkish Cargo has not only become the third air cargo company linking up Pakistan, Poland and the United Arab Emirates to the world, and the fifth air cargo company linking up Austria, Bangladesh, Egypt and Finland to the world, but also gained a growth success by 46.8 % in the Chinese market.

Currently, Turkish Cargo has seen a 26.1% increase with respect to the cargo carried on year-on-year basis, as of the end of June of 2017 and this growth and success only look to continue upward.