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According to the most recent World Air Transport Statistics data, published on an annual basis by the International Air Transport Association (IATA); Turkish Cargo ranked the first among the European air cargo companies while it ranked the 4th among the global airlines, thanks to its total transportation performance.
According to the FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometers) data, the successful brand increased its business volume by more than 32 percent by showing a transportation performance of 9.2 million tonne kilometers in 2021 and hit the top by outdistancing the leading air cargo brands in Europe.
“As the fastest-growing air cargo brand in the world, we continue to add value to the air cargo industry with our contributions to the supply chain and maintain our critical role when it comes to increasing the global trade’s competition power. We are on the march towards our target to become one of the top three air cargo brands in the world in 2025,” asserted Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines.
The airline reported a record-breaking growth in market share, flight network and carried tonnage.
With the fleet, infrastructure, process, and quality improvement investments performed by Turkish Cargo since 2017, global carrier rose to fourth from 22nd in the global rankings and increased its market share to the level of 5.2% from the 2.6% during the last five years.
The successful brand, which had 13 cargo planes in its fleet in 2017, increased this number by 53.8% to 20 in 2022. In parallel with the expansion of the fleet, the number of the destinations operated with freighters nearly doubled by reaching 100 in 2022. Furthermore, SMARTIST, the facility in which Turkish Cargo has started to carry out its operations as of the end of 2021, is now in service as the largest and the cutting-edge air cargo facility in Europe, in terms of its facility capacity and its technological infrastructure.
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Turkish Cargo carries Türkiye’s pride Togg to Argentina
As a logistics solution partner, Turkish Cargo contributes to the globalization journey of Togg, the country’s national electric car and one of the most ambitious manufacturing projects of Türkiye.
Turkish Cargo transported Togg, which is set to be one of the global brands of Türkiye, to perform its winter tests.
The Togg smart device, whose road, safety, performance and range/battery tests are continuing at accredited test centers in different parts of the world, flew to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina for its winter tests.
“Doing our part as the national flag carrier with the power of being the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world, we are proud to deliver the Turkish automobile and our country’s technology exports worldwide,” affirmed Dr. Bolat.
“We stand by our word be it snow, winter or mud, even on the other side of the world if need be. We are taking firm steps towards our goal to launch on the promised date,” emphasized M. Gürcan Karakaş, CEO, Togg.
Togg got on the world stage with Turkish Airlines’ special flight. Togg’s new brand identity and concept car took its place on the international stage for the first time at the CES fair held in Las Vegas in 2022, and the vehicle was transported with a special flight of Turkish Cargo.
Turkish Cargo makes use of special equipment for sensitive products requiring special shipment processes. The movements of valuable cargoes stored in sensitive cargo compartments are kept under continuous supervision by means of cameras installed around the storage facilities.
With its unique solutions, global air cargo carrier, which has an experience over 30 years in special cargo shipments, ranks among the first choices of global companies in search of dependable business partners.
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Strategic Cooperation WITH China’s YTO Cargo Airlines
Turkish Cargo recently entered into a commercial agreement with YTO Cargo Airlines, affiliated to YTO Express which is a well-known listed express logistics enterprise group in China, for the purpose of strengthening air cargo connection between China, Central Asia and Türkiye and building additional capacity.
As part of the said agreement, four flights are being operated on weekly basis between Xi’an and Tashkent by YTO Cargo Airlines. The departure and arrival cargo capacity of such flights are being utilized entirely by Turkish Cargo and being offered to its customers.
“Thanks to this new cooperation, Turkish Cargo continues to generate cargo solutions from and to China for its customers all across the globe,” commented Turhan Özen, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines.
“We, as the YTO Express family, are pleased to have built good relations and a robust cooperation with Turkish Cargo,” remarked Jian Sun, CEO, YTO International.