Turk­ish Cargo: Fly­ing across the world

Halit An­la­tan, Vice Pres­i­dent-Cargo (Mar­ket­ing & Sales), Turk­ish Cargo talks about the air­line’s ex­pan­sion plans across Europe and Asia Pa­cific, along with the chang­ing na­ture of cargo busi­ness.

Cargo Talk - - Aviation - Halit An­la­tan

What ser­vices are you of­fer­ing to the trade?

The fa­cil­ity has been de­signed to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and in­cludes a large cargo ad­mis­sion area, ac­cel­er­ated cargo ad­mis­sion and op­er­a­tional pro­cesses, sub­ject to cargo stor­age ar­eas of var­i­ous types and sizes, and com­bined op­er­a­tion ar­eas, to name a few.

We have around 3,700 sq m area in this ware­house; 40 spe­cial cargo stor­age rooms serv­ing for dif­fer­ent pur­poses in­clud­ing cold stor­age, live an­i­mals, dan­ger­ous goods, vul­ner­a­ble cargo, valu­able cargo, and ra­dioac­tive sub­stances, with dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­ture ranges. The tem­per­a­ture in these stor­age rooms varies be­tween -21-0°C, 2-8°C. and 15-25 °C. We are sep­a­rat­ing all prod­ucts ac­cord­ing to their types and the tem­per­a­ture they need so that even their smells do not mix. We han­dle all kinds of time and tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive prod­ucts, such as cool chain prod­ucts and spe­cial prod­ucts in this ware­house mainly for im­port and ex­port goods to and from Turkey. These fa­cil­i­ties are also used for stock­ing of goods. What is the ULD ca­pac­ity of the ter­mi­nal?

The an­nual ton­nage ca­pac­ity is ap­prox­i­mately 1.2 mil­lion tonnes. What is your USP? We are CEIV pharma-cer­ti­fied, which is an IATA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies. We want to have a unique place in pharma in­dus­try as a ser­vice provider. From the be­gin­ning of the last year till the end of the last month, around 100 dif­fer­ent cus­tomers, in­clud­ing ship­pers and for­warders, from the pharma in­dus­try have come to visit our ware­house or have ob­served our pro­cesses. If they re­quire any change in the process, we pro­vide the rec­om­mended changes ac­cord­ingly. Which other ver­ti­cal are you tap­ping?

Courier busi­ness is also in­creas­ing these days along with the e-com­merce busi­ness. We are fo­cus­ing on this and are also chang­ing our pro­cesses as per the needs of the cus­tomers as a quick transfer from the land­ing and the take off is re­quired. By Au­gust or Septem­ber, we would be us­ing our ware­house for courier busi­ness. We are ne­go­ti­at­ing with some com­pa­nies from India for this pur­pose.

With our por­tal COMIS, we have a chance to see to which des­ti­na­tions are fo­cused on and how fur­ther we can go on with this des­ti­na­tion

Any ex­pan­sion plans?

In par­al­lel to the ex­pan­sion of the global net­work of our par­ent com­pany; Turk­ish Airlines, we are also ef­fec­tu­at­ing pro­grammed expansions on our freighter’s net­work. Cur­rently, we have 11 freighters in our fleet, three A310s and eight A330s. We will be adding one more by the end of Septem­ber this year and one by the end of Jan­uary, 2017. What is the vol­ume of ton­nage - both belly and ded­i­cated freighter ser­vices?

Last year, we have achieved around 720,000 tonnes from freighter and belly (70 per cent in the belly and 30 per cent in the freighters). Com­par­ing to the pre­vi­ous year, the ton­nages are promis­ing, es­pe­cially in com­par­i­son to the gen­eral sit­u­a­tion of the global air cargo mar­ket. How and when was COMIS con­cep­tu­alised?

With COMIS we have a chance to see to which des­ti­na­tions we are fo­cused on and how fur­ther we can go with re­spect to the ca­pac­ity. We are able to get the needs of the cus­tomers and this gives us more com­pet­i­tive structure as well as a time-tabled freighter sched­ule. In this por­tal one can ap­ply as a cus­tomer with a user­name and pass­word and can look at the ton­nages and prices. It will be cus­tomised for the cus­tomers. By the end of Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber, it will be open for use of the cus­tomers. Are you look­ing at ex­pand­ing cargo oper­a­tions in India?

We are plan­ning to strengthen our foot­prints in Hy­der­abad with a sec­ond freighter. We want to fo­cus on wide bod­ies. We are also plan­ning to in­crease freighters. the ca­pac­ity of our How has the jour­ney of Turk­ish Airlines been to the west in pur­suit of Amer­i­can cargo?

We have started flights to two new des­ti­na­tions in the USA-Mi­ami and At­lanta and are plan­ning to place a freighter in At­lanta-New York and Chicago this year. We are in­creas­ing ca­pac­ity in Los Angeles and plan­ning to get a wide body air­craft for our oper­a­tions in New York very soon. We are fo­cus­ing on Euro­pean des­ti­na­tions like Ger­many and Nether­lands.

Vice Pres­i­dent - Cargo (Mar­ket­ing & Sales) Turk­ish Cargo


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