Turkish Cargo has operated a charter flight loaded with 1.5 million live Gilt-head breams grown in the Aegean region by Kilic Holding weighing 100 tonnes to Oman from Izmir.
The carrier utilised a Boeing 777 Freighter and Turkish Airlines chief cargo officer, Turhan Ozen said the live fish needed to be transported to Oman from Bodrum in no more than 40 hours.
He said 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 the freighter equipped with special equipment and specialist cargo handling officers looked after them.
He added: “They were carried to Oman from Izmir in three hours, so, we were able to carry them within 24 hours in total. 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.”
Kilic Holding exective vice president of production, Serkan Ilgaz 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 forty hours, and performed our first shipment with Turkish Cargo.”