By Will Waters Turkish Cargo, the global air cargo brand of Turkish Airlines, has entered into a commercial agreement with YTO Cargo Airlines, the air freight affiliate of China’s express and logistics business YTO Express, to strengthen air cargo connections and build additional capacity between China, Central Asia and Türkiye. As part of the agreement, four flights are being operated on a weekly basis between Xi’an and Tashkent by YTO Cargo Airlines. The departure and arrival cargo capacity of such flights are being utilized entirely by Turkish Cargo and being offered to its customers. According to this cooperation, cargo departing from China is being connected to Turkish Airlines’ Tashkent-Istanbul flights within the same day, following their transfer from Xi’an to Tashkent. At their arrival to Turkish Cargo’s mega hub at İstanbul Airport, cargo is being transported to consignees through Turkish Cargo’s large flight network worldwide. Commenting on the cooperation, Turkish Airlines Chief Cargo Officer, Turhan Özen said: “Considering today’s global trade network, China ranks among the most critical players with its production capacity and economy. Accordingly, the cooperation we have entered into with YTO Cargo Airlines is of strategic importance in terms of strengthening the transnational connection and sustainability of the supply chain. “Thanks to this new cooperation, Turkish Cargo continues to generate cargo solutions from and to China for its customers all across the globe.” YTO International’s Chief Executive Officer, Jian Sun, commented: “We, as the YTO Express family, are pleased to have built good relations and a robust cooperation with Turkish Cargo. By means of this collaborative venture, we are providing our customers in China and the rest of the world with expeditious, uninterrupted and practical solutions. We wish that our cooperation will continue by expanding during the upcoming period.” Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cargo operate a fleet of 382 aircraft, 20 of which are dedicated freighters. YTO Cargo Airlines Hangzhou Air Freight Co., Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of YTO Express focusing on the domestic and international air freight via the scheduled and charter flights of its 19 all-cargo aircraft. The international cargo routes operated by YTO Airlines ranked first among Chinese cargo airlines. YTO Express has become a large express logistics enterprise group involving express, logistics, aviation, ecommerce, finance, science and other business.