Freight forwarding
20. January 2021

Interview with SHUKRU CAN

Mr. Shukru Can is currently the Managing Director of ULS Airlines Cargo, responsible for development, growth, and strategic plan for safe and profitable operations.  
He began his career in 1985 as an aircraft project engineer for Turkish Airlines. Soon after, he joined private airlines and was responsible for continuing airworthiness management organization (CAMO)  and Part M activities. He set up the whole technical department of two startup airlines and was also Managing Director of Air Alfa for four years.
During his 15-year tenure at Turkish Airlines, Arik Air and Onur Air, he held various positions as Aircraft Maintenance Director, Technical Director and VP Technical. In his roles, Mr. Shukru was responsible for engineering, planning, line and heavy maintenance, technical quality assurance, and maximum dispatch reliability of the airline fleet by following daily operations and coordinating with the other directors of the airline. Before that, Mr. Shukru held various senior positions for Gamit Ltd and oversaw aircraft cargo conversion, heavy maintenance and VIP aircraft outfitting programs in several countries for five years.
Mr. Shukru is a passionate leader serving as a part-time lecturer on Aviation Maintenance Management in the Aeronautical and Aerospace Faculty at Istanbul Technical University.

1. What do you consider to be the main disrupters for Airlines development?
-Unclear future market conditions
-Finance problem
-Political risks
2. Tell us about the key areas of the Logistics/Supply chain where Aviation/Aerospace can improve the most and why?
In undeveloped countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for the opportunities. Major players have already set up logistics and supply chains in other locations.
3. What is your opinion about positioning WOF EXPO in the Central and Eastern Europe region?
The Central Europe region is a good location for WOF EXPO.
4. What will be the impact of Covid19 for further business development in your core business?
Since we are dealing with the cargo and logistics business, we are not expecting that Covid-19 will make a negative impact on our business shortly. However, if the Covid-19 pandemic stays longer, this will reduce global production in every area. Therefore, the mass cargo business will slow down in the future if the pandemic does not stop before the end of 2022.


ULS Airlines Cargo was established in January 2004 in Istanbul, Turkey. ULS is one of the leading cargo airlines in the region, operating its own three A310-300F cargo aircraft with a payload capacity of 40 tonnes. ULS operates mainly from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, where its line maintenance facilities are based. ULS is a very flexible and dynamic cargo airline with excellent safety records, providing ACMI and full charter flights as well as its cargo flights.