The first shipment of seven temperature-controlled Envirotainer active containers were safely transported from Beijing (PEK) to South America’s largest city of Sao Paulo (GRU) Brazil, with a connection flight at Istanbul (ISL). In all Brazil plans on importing some 46 million doses of the Chinese-manufactured vaccine.
Turkish Cargo says it is well prepared for Covid-19 vaccine transport having well-established pharmaceutical corridors to key, certified pharma destinations such as Mumbai, Brussels, Istanbul, Singapore, Dubai, Basel, London and Amsterdam. In all, Turkish Cargo created a global pharmaceutical corridor covering more than 400 destinations.
The carrier also holds IATA CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) pharma certification and offers a specialised cold chain pharmaceutical transport product, TK Pharma.
Between January and September, Turkish Cargo uplifted more than 40,000 tonne of pharmaceuticals, medical products and medical equipment related to the global pandemic, reporting a over a 50 per cent growth in pharmaceutical shipments during the same period.
In order to satisfy the increased demand for transportation of vaccines, pharmaceuticals and temperature-controlled cargo, the carrier commissioned a temperature-controlled smart warehouse with an additional area of 1,200 sqm.
Additionally, having increased its capacity for the cold chain shipments by 30 per cent by working with the largest suppliers of active containers in the industry, Turkish Cargo enhanced its cold chain shipment capacity to 25,000 tonnes per month through the ability to service an additional 150 aircraft pallets at a time.
“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,” says Turkish Airlines chief cargo officer, Turhan Özen.
“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 °C, 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 says it is gearing up for greater capacity, meeting even higher standards for pharmaceutical shipments with dedicated operations that will be available with SmartIST, its new mega-cargo facility located at the new Istanbul Airport (IST), that covers an area of 340,000 sqm.
With an annual handling capacity of more than 4.0 million tonnes, SmartIST will be equipped with the reception, delivery and operation area dedicated for the special cargo, the temperature-controlled unit devices (ULDs), an operation area of 2,100 sqm isolated from the other cargo and a web-based temperature and humidity monitoring systems.