Turkish Cargo and DHL Global Forwarding sign an MoU


To reinforce bilateral relations, a “Memorandum of Understanding” is now executed by and between Turkish Cargo, the air cargo brand of Turkish Airlines, and DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, at the IATA World Cargo Symposium which started on April 25 in Istanbul. The cooperation between the two global air cargo providers will improve each other’s operational efficiency and enhance Istanbul’s potential to become a leading logistics hub for the world.

Based on the MoU, DHL Global Forwarding will leverage SMARTIST, the mega cargo facility of Turkish Cargo at Istanbul Airport, as one of its global hubs. This will increase the air cargo traffic handled via Istanbul significantly. Furthermore, the combination of Turkish Cargo’s intercontinental air cargo network with Türkiye’s unique geographical advantages enables it to support DHL Global Forwarding global hub concept with its vast specialized knowledge and advanced operational capabilities at Istanbul Airport.

Regarding such cooperation, Turkish Airlines Chief Cargo Officer Turhan Özen said, “Integration of SMARTIST, our mega cargo hub, with the global network of DHL Global Forwarding, will enhance our service quality and strengthen the hub position of Istanbul further. This cooperation will also enable us to offer our customers more effective, productive and uninterrupted air cargo service and add value to the industry upon establishing a powerful partnership between Turkish Cargo and DHL. We hereby wish that this MOU, which stands out as a great source of pride and excitement to us, be beneficial to both parties thereto.”

Thomas Mack, Global Head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding states, “Spanning the European and Asian continents, Türkiye is geographically well-positioned to act as a logistics hub for Europe, Asia as well as the MEA region and the US. We are happy to intensify our long-lasting partnership with Turkish Cargo, which provides us with reliable air cargo capacity and state-of-the-art logistics infrastructure for handling air freight.”

Turkish Cargo and DHL will continue to explore new areas for partnership and further deepen their cooperation.

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