ISTANBUL: October 31, 2018. Aydin Alpa, long-time vice president Cargo For Pegasus Airlines, has been appointed Chief Business Development Officer for GSSA World Cargo Solutions DMCC (WCS) based in Dubai.
Earlier this month Pegasus Airlines announced it had signed a five-year global cargo GSSA agreement with WCS from January 01, 2019. WCS was established in 2015 by industry veterans to provide airline customers with a Total Cargo Management service covering all stages of the air cargo process on behalf of the shipper.
Alpa began his logistics career nearly 35 years ago as a ramp agent at JFK before joining PanAm. “I went to school during the day and then loaded cargo and bags in the evenings. If I had weekends off or holidays I can’t remember them. But it was fun.”
After university he joined handler Dynair – since sold to Swissport – as a ramp operations manager and was subsequently asked to join the cargo department of THY-Turkish Airlines: By the time Alpa was promoted to manage THY’s cargo operations at JFK he was just 24 years old.
In 1992 he returned to Turkey where he joined Berben Express, AEI’s local agent, and then became director, Turkey for Emery Worldwide. In 1997 he was appointed general manager of Ulusoy Logistics, part of Istanbul-based Ulusoy Holding, where he stayed for five years. After a stint working for Emotrans in New York he returned to Turkey where, in 2006, was asked if he’d like to develop the Pegasus cargo business – recently reborn as a scheduled carrier.
Commenting on the move to WCS and Dubai, Alpa said the company’s experience in both the passenger and air cargo sectors “formed a perfect match” for Pegasus. “We will be able to tap into new markets and to explore new horizons of cargo business opportunities with this new partnership,” he added.