TURKISH Cargo has become the first air cargo airline to concurrently achieve all three CEIV Pharma, CEIV Fresh, and CEIV Live Animals certifications, under the IATA CEIV (Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators) programme, reports Mumbai's STAT Trade Times.
After undergoing the training, assessment and validation processes created by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Turkish Cargo became a holder of the CEIV certificates which represent its approach based on excellence for the special cargo operations. The certifications have a validity period of three years.
Chief cargo officer of Turkish Airlines, Turhan Ozen, remarked: "We are passing through the days pointing how vital the air cargo industry is for trade across the world as well as transportation. We really make much of the IATA CEIV certificates that prove that we meet the international standards at our special cargo operations, during such a vulnerable and critical period".
Global head of cargo at IATA, Glyn Hughes, commented: "Turkish Cargo deserves to be praised for becoming not only the world's first air cargo airline to concurrently hold all three CEIV certificates, but also the first air cargo airline in Europe to have obtained the CEIV Live Animals certificate. The air cargo industry now enters a period whereby the vulnerability at the special cargo services is augmented, and the CEIV programme intends to ensure that the sensitive cargo is transported and delivered at the highest standards, meticulously and punctiliously, as much as possible."
Maintaining its dual hub operations successfully, Turkish Cargo strictly implements the complete handling procedures together with its specialised teams at the special cargo warehouses and operational sites at the cargo facilities equipped with the state of the art technology available at the Istanbul and Ataturk airports.