Challenge Airlines to start Istanbul flights from Jan 25
Challenge Airlines will operate two Boeing 747F flights per week totalling a joint capacity uplift offer of 240 tonnes
Challenge Group will start the new year with an inaugural flight out of Istanbul, Türkiye on January 25, 2023. "The freighter will carry a mix of Türkiye’s main export products: garments, fabrics, and automotive parts, all from key international customers," says an official release.
The event signifies the start of Challenge Airlines’ first scheduled operations out of Istanbul Airport, linking Türkiye to Liège in Belgium, and from there to destinations across Europe as well as to the U.S. and Far East, the release added. "From the end of this month onwards, Challenge Airlines will operate two Boeing 747F flights per week – on Days 3 and 7 - totalling a joint capacity uplift offer of 240 tonnes."
Or Zak, Commercial Vice President, Challenge Group says: “As the world’s 29th largest exporter with one in two of its exports heading to Europe, Türkiye is a significant contributor to global trade, and Challenge Group, with our established Liège hub at the heart of Europe is a perfect business fit. Some three million metric tonnes are handled at Turkish airports each year. Istanbul, in particular, is deservedly making its way up the international cargo airports ranking ladder, and has long been of strategic interest to us. The airport is a fitting pioneer for our planned Group expansion on the east side of the globe. Merhaba, Istanbul, and here's to a long and successful service!”.
Challenge Group employs 850 people across three airlines (Challenge Airlines IL in Israel, Challenge Airlines BE in Belgium, Challenge Airlines MT in Malta), a commercial division (Challenge Air Cargo) in Malta, a ground handling company (Challenge Handling in Liege, Belgium), a European road feeder provider (Challenge Logistics in Liege, Belgium), an aircraft and parts leasing division (Challenge Aviation), and a comprehensive line maintenance provider (Challenge Technic). The company has trebled its capacity over the past four years and now handles 300,000+ tonnes of cargo per year, the release added.