“We, as the Turkish Cargo family, are maintaining
our thriving operations and the upward momentum, exhibiting a growing
trend day by day, without gearing down, while feeling excited to move
to the Istanbul New Airport,” Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer for
Turkish Airlines Cargo beams as he speaks to FlyingTypers.
“Turkish Airlines’ executive
board is very much committed to investment and growth in Turkish Cargo.
“We have a strategic plan and roadmap
through 2023 to make Turkish Cargo a top five global air cargo carrier.
“This is a challenging and quite ambitious
target, but it is also very much in line with the new airport investment
New Airport In The Wings
The Istanbul New Airport mega-hub, which
will replace the existing Ataturk Airport, is due to open with its first
phase in October this year and is a clear statement of intent for Turkey
to become a major air cargo gateway.
“Turkish Cargo, in 2017, carried one
million 130 thousand tons of cargo and mail, and our global market share
has been increased to 3.1%.
“Our cargo program ranked 10th in
the world last year in 2017,” Mr. Ozen declared.
“According to numbers, provided by
World ACD for the period of January through May, 2018, while the total
sold tonnage in the world air cargo market increased by 4.3% year-on-year,
we experienced an increase of 30%.
“Turkish Cargo was the world's 8th
busiest carrier during the first 5 months of 2018.
“In June we outperformed the market
growing by 27.7% ,” Mr. Ozen said.
“At Turkish Cargo,” Turhan points
out, “we see challenges not only as potential risks to be concerned
but also as potential opportunities.
“To us, wherever there is a challenge,
there is also a potential to grow.”
“Turkish Cargo aspires to act as the
leader of the industry and create stories to serve as a model in transportation
by following the ever changing trends, in addition to the new routes,
new aircraft and new cooperation.
“Turkish Cargo has dedicated time,
money and our collective brilliance to insure our growth rate sustainable
with cutting edge transportation standards and innovative solutions to
every transportation need.
“We regard both 2018 and the forthcoming
period as a regeneration process, and act with the aim of becoming the
best in each field, we can contact and reach, by enhancing our efficiency
and performance further.
“While continuing to expand not only
the fleet and the number of the destinations served, the frequencies and
the quality of connectivity, we also closely follow the emerging global
air cargo trends.
“Turkish Cargo is keenly aware of
the enhanced E-Commerce factor, and we will maintain our measured growth
momentum in the global market by benefiting from investments and the agreements
in the E-Commerce arena.
“As example the landmark agreement,
between Turkish Cargo and ZTO Express, the Chinese express cargo giant,
and Hong-Kong based PAL Air, is a giant step in our development in e-Commerce.
“Istanbul New Airport, the mega hub,
will stand as a key milestone to our mid and long-term strategic targets.
“Upon completion of all of the phases,
we will have the capacity to handle 4 million tons of cargo annually.
“An ultra modern cargo terminal of
165 thousand square meters with all the bells & whistles in every
aspect of the air cargo business, from Pharma to heavy freight will be
the new address of Turkish Cargo.
“Turkish Cargo daily exhibits how
ambitious and determined we are with our "Raise The Bar" focus
“Make no mistake, every day we are
raising the bar at Turkish Cargo, and ourselves to the top of the air
cargo industry,” Turhan Ozen said.
“Combined with the cargo carriage
capacity of Turkish Airlines, that flies to more countries than any other
airline, and a flight network covering 307 destinations in 122 countries
and direct cargo flights to 85 destinations with our main deck all-cargo
aircraft fleet, Turkish Cargo will maintain its upward trend,” Turhan
“When we move into Istanbul New Airport
soon, we will include substantial innovations in our offering to the global
air cargo community.
“We want our service partners to know
that everything we do is aimed at customer-benefit and satisfaction.
“Turkish Cargo is all about the customer.
After all, we are engaged in the service industry.
“Medical products, that we transport
are a good example.
“These consignments are entrusted
to us, repeatedly because our customers are aware that we exert every
effort on their behalf handling these vital shipments that may save the
life of an individual.
“Our aim is to have our customers
tell their colleagues and friends:
"I know Turkish Cargo very well and
trust that brand to handle every shipment right.
“We are constantly monitoring and
adapting our offering to meet and exceed market needs beyond expectation.
“Taking things further, we have adopted
some organizational changes, and established a customized system oriented
at individuals, that is second to none in air cargo today.
"Communication" is the most significant
concept for us during the new era, so we consistently work towards a solution-oriented
approach to all of our customers,” Mr. Ozen declared.
Having been a cornerstone in social, cultural
and economic terms for hundreds of years, Istanbul with its airline and
new airport emerges in 2018 as a brand-new mainstay for the global air
Turkish Cargo aims to increase the number of destinations served by direct
cargo flights, to reach 150 from 85 by 2023.
“Turkish Cargo welcomes the future
and cannot wait until tomorrow because our hard work and dedication and
love of what we do truly lifts the bar every day.”