April 29, 2020: Turkish Cargo became the first air cargo airline to concurrently achieve all three The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certifications - CEIV Pharma, CEIV Fresh, and CEIV Live Animals.

Having satisfied the requirements for the certifications in the wake of the training, assessment and validation processes created by IATA. Turkish Cargo became a holder of the CEIV certificates which represent its approach based on excellence for the special cargo operations. The certifications have a validity period of three years.

Turhan Ozen, the chief cargo officer of Turkish Airlines remarked, "We are passing through the days pointing how vital the air cargo industry is for trade across the world as well as transportation. We really make much of the IATA CEIV certificates that prove that we meet the international standards at our special cargo operations, during such a vulnerable and critical period".

Glyn Hughes, the global head of cargo at IATA commented, "Turkish Cargo deserves to be praised for becoming not only the world's first air cargo airline to concurrently hold all three CEIV certificates, but also the first air cargo airline in Europe to have obtained the CEIV Live Animals certificate. The air cargo industry now enters a period whereby the vulnerability at the special cargo services is augmented, and the CEIV program intends to ensure that the sensitive cargo is transported and delivered at the highest standards, meticulously and punctiliously, as much as possible."

Maintaining its dual hub operations, Turkish Cargo strictly implements the complete handling procedures together with its specialised teams at the special cargo warehouses and operational sites at the cargo facilities equipped with the state of the art technology available at the Istanbul and Ataturk airports.

In order to avoid supply chain disruptions in delivering medical supplies to Africa, Turkish Cargo is providing cargo-only services with Turkish Airlines' passenger aircraft in addition to its freighter flights. Turkish has started to operate cargo flights with Turkish Airlines' passenger aircraft in addition to its 25 freighters, which consists of 4 B747-400Fs, 8 B777Fs, 10 A330-200Fs, 1 A300-600Fs, and 2 A310-300Fs. It flew first of the cargo flights operated with a passenger aircraft on March 20 with a B777 on Istanbul-Kiev route.

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