Turkish Cargo: Rising to the top of the air cargo industry

A Turkish Cargo Boeing 777 freighter approaches to land.
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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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According to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association, Turkish Cargo climbed to an impressive 3rd position worldwide, a significant leap from its 5th position during the same period last year.

In the dynamic world of air cargo carriers, Turkish Cargo, the air cargo brand of Turkish Airlines, has showcased remarkable growth, securing its place among the leading air cargo carriers globally.

Turkish Cargo May performance


During the month of May 2023, Turkish Cargo demonstrated an outstanding performance, surpassing top competitors in America, Europe, and the Far East. This success can be attributed to several key factors, including the strategic increase in cargo tonnage and an expanded market share.

Rapid growth and increased market share

The Freight Tonne Kilometers (FTK), a crucial metric used in the air cargo industry, indicated a remarkable 17% increase in Turkish Cargo’s cargo tonnage compared to the previous month.

This substantial growth led to an impressive market share boost, rising from 4.7% to 5.4%, which translates to an increase of 0.8 points in just one month, as compared to April.

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Turkish Airlines Chairman’s perspective


Commenting on the recent achievement, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, expressed his optimism.

He stated, “As Turkish Cargo, we are steadfast in reinforcing our leading position in the industry and are committed to continuous growth and improvement.”

“These achievements fuel our dedication to future targets, motivating us to add even more value to the air cargo industry,” Dr Bolat concluded.

The power of Turkish Cargo’s hub in Türkiye


The carrier’s success can be attributed not only to its wide range of services and operational capabilities but also to the strategic advantages of its hub in Türkiye.

The geographical location of Türkiye plays a pivotal role in Turkish Cargo’s success story. Acting as a bridge between the East and the West, Türkiye serves as an ideal hub for air cargo operations, allowing for seamless connections between continents.

This strategic advantage enables Turkish Cargo to efficiently serve a vast network of destinations across the globe.

Exceptional services and operational excellence


Apart from its advantageous location, the cargo operator also distinguishes itself through the provision of exceptional services and operational excellence.

With a customer-centric approach, the brand offers a comprehensive range of air cargo solutions, catering to diverse business needs and requirements.

From perishable goods to oversized cargo, the carrier has the capabilities to handle various types of shipments efficiently. The brand’s dedication to safety, reliability, and timely delivery has earned it the trust of businesses and individuals alike.

Driving innovation and sustainability


Turkish Cargo’s success is also attributed to its commitment to innovation and sustainability. Embracing modern technologies and best practices, the brand continually enhances its operations and services.

Additionally, Turkish Cargo prioritizes environmental responsibility, aiming to minimize its carbon footprint and contribute to a greener future for the air cargo industry.

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