Nigeria's airfreight subsector is set for a major boost as Peacock Aviation and Allied Services Limited teams up with Turkish Airlines Cargo to deliver efficient and on time cargo services.
The strategic partnership with the Turkish mega carrier follows yearlong negotiations, which culminated in the appointment of Peacock Aviation as its Sole Appointed Cargo Sales Agent (SACSA) across the Nigeria.
The deal guarantees shippers in Nigeria the lowest possible air freight rates on a wide range of general and special goods on the airline's vast global route network.
Peacock Aviation is a part of the Peacock Group, Nigeria's leading travel and logistics management business, with a presence in 10 Nigerian commercial cities and the United Kingdom.
Executive Chairman of Peacock Aviation, Aare Phillips said the partnership was made in Heaven specifically with customers in mind.
"We want to enhance their airfreight experience in a consistent and sustainable way. Peacock Aviation and Turkish Airlines bring immense strategic values to the table. This deal is a win-win for everyone, particularly our customers.
"The timing of this deal is perfect. The Nigerian Government is diversifying the economy into agriculture, and is actively promoting export. It means our customers with perishable and nonperishable goods now have access to over 300 destinations at competitive rates and with incomparable ease."
Turkish Airlines General Manager, Lagos, Yunus Ozbek, said: "We have a longstanding relationship with Peacock, which is a very professional company. That's very important for us because Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkish Republic, with 40 per cent owned by the Turkish government for the Turkish people while 50 per cent is in the open market for everybody. We also have a lot of investors from all over the world. That gives us a lot of responsibilities."
Ozbek said Peacock was a natural choice in the airfreight partnership because the airline needed a dependable company that would meet its aspirations and status as a global player in the industry.
He said: "We believe Peacock is the best here, they're real professionals. They have been in the industry for a long time and they know what they're doing. We have a lot of responsibilities for our investors and customers; we want to do the best for them and we can only achieve that by working with the best in Nigeria."