Mar 31, 2016: Turkish Cargo became the official air transport carrier of the Batmobile as part of Turkish Airlines’ partnership with the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Turkish Cargo will carry this extraordinary car to launch events of the movie at various locations, under the coordination of Cargo Promotion and Advertising Management.
The first stop of the Batmobile’s journey with Turkish Cargo was London. The operation was conducted as a part of the car’s promotional European Tour. Having started from New York’s JFK Airport, the Batmobile first landed in Istanbul, later continued its way to London with a transit flight.
Three weeks before the vehicle was scheduled to depart, a model container was prepared and carried by Turkish Airlines Flight TK6557. Taking all the precautions for the transport, the Turkish Cargo team adjusted all other cargo shipments that were scheduled to be on the same flight as the Batmobile. The planning of this shipment, which weighed approximately 30 tonnes, required a zero error margin both at the departure and arrival points.
The teams coordinated on both ends to quickly and accurately complete the necessary preparations for carrying this invaluable cargo without a single mistake and to the complete satisfaction of the studio and car manufacturer.
When the date of transport was announced as February 12, the manufacturer of the car, the container manufacturer, the cargo operations agency and producer Warner Bros. started work in cooperation to finalise the operation.
The Batmobile was prepared for transport in accordance with Turkish Cargo’s instructions for the shipment to the warehouse at JFK Airport on February 11. After the necessary checks were made, the Batmobile was accepted. Later, it was loaded onto the plane bound for Istanbul, with its first stop scheduled for London.
Turkish Cargo is known to have successfully carried a lot of unusual cargoes in the past, such as wildlife like whales and giraffes, as well as racing cars and artwork.