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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2015 • Page 11 Turkish Airlines, which is rumoured to be looking at Australian passenger services, has signed a firm order for the purchase of four A330-200F freighter aircraft. Operated by cargo arm Turkish Cargo, the additional aircraft will boost the company’s expansion in the cargo market. Turkish Airlines already operates five A330-200F, and the additional order will enable them to quickly meet market demand. Turkish Airlines operates the largest Airbus fleet in the country with a total of 139 Airbus aircraft in service. These include 91 single aisle aircraft, two A310 freighters, 17 A330-200, 18 A330-300, five A330-200F and six A340s. The A330-200F is capable of carrying a payload of 65 to 70 tonnes, with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines reported full-year 2014 freight revenue of US$973 million, an increase of 11.7 per cent over 2013. The carrier generated 43 per cent of this revenue from its freighters with 57 per cent coming from belly space. Cargo volume for the year increased 18.1 per cent to 668,000 tonnes. Turkish Airlines inks order for four more Airbus 330-200Fs Biosecurity inspector-general role firms up PROVING that governments do sometimes take industry submissions into account – by no means always a given – Australia’s agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce says that a departmental team has drafted amendments to the Biosecu- rity Bill 2014, taking into consideration both the submissions and the report of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee. The amendments would provide express rather than implied powers in the bill for the minister to appoint an inspector-general of Bios- ecurity, Joyce explained. “I have been open and willing to listen to the views of all stakeholders throughout this process and I am confident that this change addresses the concerns of the committee and satisfies the opposition’s desire for the role to be enshrined in statute. “The position of inspector-general of Biosecu- rity was never in doubt under the bill we tabled. Nonetheless the Government has decided to include a specific provision in the bill that pro- vides for a statutory framework within which the inspector-general of Biosecurity will oper- ate,” he said. “It is now vital that the bill, as amended and supported by industry, be passed as soon as possible so that we can give the Department of Agriculture the tools and powers needed to protect our human, plant and animal health in the modern era.” In another biosecurity development of relevance to the air cargo sector, a new quaran- tine-approved facility for international racehors- es has opened in Canterbury Park, not far from Sydney Airport. “This is the second Australian facility to pro- vide on site training facilities where horses can also be safely housed to manage biosecurity risks,” said Joyce. “Diseases such as equine influenza, piro- plasmosis and glanders could seriously affect horses, their handlers and other animals. This highlights the need for appropriate biosecurity measures, including mandatory quarantine, to ensure we are safeguarding our people, animals and environment from pests and diseases found in other parts of the world.” Andrew Kemp of Thomas Miller becomes first ‘FIATA Fellow’ MEMBERS of the International Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA) presidency have decided to adopt the habit of congratulating person- alities who have been significantly beneficial for FIATA with the title of “FIATA Fellow”. The object of this title is to enable the presidency to express ap- preciation for outstanding contributions to the freight forwarding and logistics industry, esteem deserving individuals, and at the same time, use this award as a means to motivate others to contribute their talents and efforts. The first gong goes to Andrew Kemp, regional director Europe, Middle East and Africa at Thomas Miller Group. He shaped the Young International Freight Forwarders of the Year Award (YIFFYA) and for eight years, was chairman of the Steering Group of the Award. Under his tutelage, the award developed into a valuable and extremely suc- cessful program on its own.