Turkish Cargo flies COVID-19 vaccines, this time from China to its heart


Turkish Cargo carried the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccines from Beijing to Ankara via a dedicated flight. Loaded inside 17 containers equipped with dedicated cooling systems, Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccines that were procured from China were delivered to Turkish Ministry of Health.

Turkish Cargo shoulders an important mission for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributing to the continuation of the food and medicine supply chain, Turkish Cargo, on top of its considerable flight network power, increased its capacity by 30 per cent by successfully scaling up its cold chain shipments to 25,000 tonnes per month with the capacity to satisfy additional 150 aircraft pallets, further reinforcing its capability to carry vaccines around the world.

Holding the IATA CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) pharma certificate, Turkish Cargo maintains the cold chain at optimal conditions with its TK Pharma product which was designed for carrying pharmaceuticals such as medicine and vaccines at global standards. Maintaining its continuous dialog with the pharmaceutical manufacturers, forwarders, airports, ground handling companies and national authorities, the Turkish flag carrier is capable of satisfying a wide range of requirements of the pharmaceutical manufacturers by making use of dedicated cooled containers as well as dry ice for the shipments at ultra-frozen range (-70°C).

Additionally, Turkish Cargo has created a global pharmaceutical corridor between more than 400 destinations such as Mumbai, Brussels, Istanbul, Singapore, Dubai, Basel, London and Amsterdam by transporting pharmaceuticals to the key and certificated destinations. It reaches more than 300 destinations, 96 of which are direct cargo destinations, and continues to offer service on 24×7 basis to its customers in its global network by making use of its fleet of 365 aircraft.


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