Turkish Cargo carried Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in China to Brazil, the company said in a latest release.

The vaccines, loaded inside seven containers equipped with dedicated cooling systems, were transported from Beijing to Sao Paulo, on a connecting flight through Istanbul.

By carrying pharmaceuticals to the key and certificated destinations such as Mumbai, Brussels, Istanbul, Singapore, Dubai, Basel, London and Amsterdam, Turkish Cargo has created a global pharmaceutical corridor between more than 400 destinations.

The cargo brand holds the IATA CEIV (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators) pharma certificate. Turkish Cargo, maintains the cold chain at the optimal conditions thanks to the “TK Pharma” product which has been designed for carrying pharmaceuticals at global standards.

The brand carried more than 40,000 tons of pharmaceuticals, medical products and medical equipment between January and September, and reported a growth over 50 per cent for the pharmaceutical shipments during the same period.

Turkish Airlines chief cargo officer, Turhan Özen said:

‘’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 -20/25 degrees, 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 is gearing up to offer higher standards for the pharmaceutical shipments with dedicated operation areas that will be available with SmartIST, its new mega facility located at the Istanbul Airport (IST).

With an annual handling capacity of more than 4 million tonnes, SmartIST will be equipped with the receival, 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. turkishcargo.com