Turkish Cargo flies COVID-19 vaccines from China to Brazil via its cross-continental air bridge


Turkish Cargo recently carried COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in China to Brazil, covering a distance of approximately 17,000 kilometers. The COVID-19 vaccines, loaded inside 7 Envirotainer containers equipped with dedicated cooling systems, were transported safely from Beijing to Sao Paulo, the biggest city of the South America, via a connecting flight from Istanbul.

Holding the IATA CEIV pharma certificate, Turkish Cargo, maintains the cold chain at optimal conditions, complemented by its ‘TK Pharma’ product which has been designed for carrying pharmaceuticals at par with global standards.

In order to satisfy the increased demand for transportation of the vaccines, pharmaceuticals and temperature-controlled cargo, Turkish Cargo commissioned the temperature-controlled smart warehouse with an additional area of 1200 sq mt.

By carrying pharmaceuticals to the key and certificated destinations such as Mumbai, Brussels, Istanbul, Singapore, Dubai, Basel, London and Amsterdam, Turkish Cargo created a global pharmaceutical corridor between more than 400 destinations, and maintains its commitment for transporting the COVID-19 vaccines that are ready or being developed.

Additionally, having increased its capacity for cold chain shipments by 30%, working with the largest suppliers of active containers in the industry, Turkish Cargo enhanced its cold chain shipment scale to 25,000 tonnes per month to the capacity to service additional 150 aircraft pallets on instantaneous basis.

Turkish Airlines Chief Cargo Officer, Turhan Özen stated, ‘’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. 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 -20/250 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.”

During the course of the pandemic, Turkish Cargo carried more than 40 thousand tonnes of pharmaceuticals, medical products and medical equipment between January and September, and reported a growth over 50% for the pharmaceutical shipments during the same period.


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