November 19, 2020: Turkish Cargo carried Covid-19 vaccines, manufactured in China, to Brazil which is at a flight distance of approximately 17,000 kilometres. The Covid-19 vaccines, loaded inside 7 containers equipped with dedicated cooling systems, were transported safely from Beijing to Sao Paulo, with a connection flight at Istanbul.

By carrying pharmaceuticals to destinations such as Mumbai, Brussels, Istanbul, Singapore, Dubai, Basel, London, and Amsterdam, Turkish Cargo created a global pharmaceutical corridor between more than 400 destinations.

Turkish Airlines chief cargo officer, Turhan Ozen, stated; "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."

Turkish Cargo carried more than 40,000 tonnes 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.

In order to satisfy the increased demand for transportation of the vaccines, pharmaceuticals and temperature-controlled cargo, Turkish Cargo commissioned the temperature-controlled smart warehouse with an additional area of 1,200 square metres. The carrier enhanced its cold chain shipment scale to 25,000 tonnes per month thanks to the capacity to service additional 150 aircraft pallets on instantaneous basis.

With an annual handling capacity of more than 4 million tonnes, SmartIST 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 2,100 square metres isolated from the other cargo and a web-based temperature and humidity monitoring systems. SmartIST is the new mega facility located at the Istanbul Airport (IST) that covers an area of 340,000 square metres.

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