Fish fly from Turkey to Oman


Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fish fly from Turkey to Oman

One and a half million fish recently flew from Turkey to Oman. Yes, you read that right. Of course they were in a controlled air cargo environment on board a Turkish Cargo Boeing 777 freighter

During this cargo flight carried out in a Boeing 777F wide-body freighter on charter basis and accompanied by aquaculture engineers, pH balance, oxygen and water temperature levels of baby gilt-head breams were checked every hour. Carrying 1.5 million live fish by means of a freighter requires accurate air-conditioning, and expertise in oxygen and temperature checks. Furthermore, this carriage operation fell under the status of transportation of dangerous goods due to the oxygen cylinders utilised

Performing air cargo transportation to 121 different countries around the world as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Cargo recently added another successful operation to its proven track of records. Turkish Cargo carried 1,5 million live Gilt-head breams weighing 100 tonnes to Oman from Izmir by providing the environment, needed by the fish underwater, above the clouds.

Providing substantial contributions for Turkish exporters to introduce their names in different markets with its enhanced services and new destinations added to its flight network recently, Turkish Cargo achieved this successful operation to carry 1,5 million Gilt-head breams, grown in the Aegean Region by Kilic Holding equipped with the highest fish growing capacity across the Europe, to Oman.

Delivering a statement on this cargo flight operation, Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer at Turkish Airlines, said, “Hundred tonnes of live fish were required to be transported to Oman from Bodrum in a maximum period of 40 hours. They were first taken to trucks and carried to Izmir in three hours upon completion of the initial preparations, and then, they were loaded in our freighter equipped with special conditions set by our cargo handling team. They were carried to Oman from Izmir in three hours, so, we were able to carry them within 24 hours in total. We accomplished this operation by using a Boeing 777F type freighter in accordance with IATA LAR (Live Animals Regulations), reinforcing our success in the transportation of live animals requiring an utmost level of care. Carrying 1.5 million live fish by means of a freighter requires accurate air-conditioning, and expertise in oxygen and temperature checks. Furthermore, this carriage operation fell under the status of transportation of dangerous goods due to the oxygen cylinders utilised. We could provide the environment required for health of the fish, and meet the requirements of the operation thanks to our expert team and the assurance by Turkish Cargo. We, as Turkish Cargo, will keep standing by the Turkish exporters at all times."

Acting in accordance with the principle of "delivering as soon as possible" in cargo operations, Turkish Cargo provided a beyond-expectations service during this operation, contributing to the supply chain of marine products, and thus, the Turkish economy.

Turkish Cargo has an adequate freighter fleet and a globally-effective flight network to readily meet the requests for importation of live fish from many Arab countries such as Tunisia, Oman and Saudi Arabia, hence building trust for carriage of special cargo.

Serkan Ilgaz, Executive Vice President, Production at Kilic Holding, said, ‘’We are standing as the only company performing sea fish imports operations from Turkey. We carried approximately 1,5 million baby gilt-head breams to the Indian Ocean off the coast of Oman in shorter than 40 hours, and performed our first shipment with Turkish Cargo. We hope to keep developing our cooperation with our flag-carrier airline in the new achievements in future."

Standing as the dynamic brand across the cargo industry managing its operations in accordance with the guidelines published by the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Turkish Cargo exercises maximum care in all transportation operations for live animals, and maintains the best safety, comfort and hygienic conditions with its well-trained personnel.

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