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Arkas LojistikISTANBUL AIRPORT: April 10, 2019. Turkish Airlines completed its move from Atatürk Airport, its home for 86 years, over the weekend of April 05/06 with the help of a fleet of Arkas Lojistik trucks that moved 10,000 pieces of ground handling equipment.

Arkas general manager Onur Göçmez said 800 employees took over 45 hours to move the airline equipment with an equivalent volume of 33 soccer fields that included aircraft tugs weighing 44 tons.

“When 5,000 TIR [trucks] are added in succession, it reaches a length of about 80 kilometres. The total distance traveled by our vehicles was 400,000 kilometres. This is equivalent to 10 [times] around the world.

“Our project to transport Turkish Airlines to Istanbul Airport is an important example of how [we make a] difference. In this move, where speed and safety was the priority, we used special tracking systems, traffic control rooms, vehicle driver tracking systems, online load movements, barcoding systems, specialised equipment and special project training.

“Our job is not just transporting the load from point A to point B, but logistics engineering,” added Göçmez.

On hand to watch the move, Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker Ayci commented: “This is the largest move in the civil aviation history. I would like to thank all Turkish Airlines, TGS and Arkas Logistics employees that allowed the move to be finalized in a record time of 33 hours - 13 hours earlier than planned to be exact.”

First flight out of Istanbul was to the country’s capital Ankara, echoing the maiden flight of Turkish Airlines 86 years ago.

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