Hong Kong Air Cargo’s (HKC) recently appointed new chairman Yu Wenyong along with members of his management team have started talking business with Turkish Airlines as the two airlines have penned an agreement to collaborate on freight.
Wenyong and his colleagues met with Turkish Airlines’ chief cargo officer, Turhan Ozen and senior vice president for cargo operations, Vural Uravas earlier this week in Istanbul to discuss a number of key support related matters including codeshares on long-haul routes and optimal utilisation of aircraft.
HKC said the airline aims to “deploy a more stream lined business strategy to ensure it remains on target financially despite fierce completion in the market place and an ever changing global (political and economic) situation”.
Yu said: “We are greatly satisfied with the outcome of this important meeting between ourselves and Turkish Airlines. We are encouraged by the outcome and we look forward to further developing this relationship with a view to implementing support services to mutually benefit both airlines.”
HKC’s sister carrier Hong Kong Airlines and Turkish Airlines announced on 29 October that they had signed a codeshare partnership on passenger routes.
As part of the agreement Hong Kong Airlines will add Istanbul and others destinations in Europe, including Paris, London, Barcelona and more to its international network, while Turkish Airlines will extend its reach to other major destinations beyond Hong Kong.
Turkish Airlines currently offers six belly flights per week between Hong Kong and Istanbul with its Boeing 777-300ER.