Category Archives: Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines grounds its Boeing 737 MAX fleet


Turkish Airlines is suspending all Boeing 737 MAX operations after today due to safety concerns after the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Turkish MAX fleet will be idle starting on March 13, 2019. Turkish has 11 MAX 8s and one MAX 9.

Turkey’s Transport and Infrastructure Ministry has announced all MAX operations in Turkey are suspended until further notice.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Boeing): Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-LCN (msn 60056) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 945930.

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Turkish Airlines issues a statement about flight TK 001 Istanbul – New York JFK

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-3F2 ER TC-JJG (msn 40791) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931476.

Turkish Airlines has issued this statement:

Our 28 passengers and 2 cabin personnel were slightly injured due to the unforeseeable weather conditions (turbulence) that encountered in our TK01 Istanbul (IST) – New York (JFK) flight.
18 of 28 injured passengers that were taken to the hospital after landing, were discharged after their treatment, and 10 of them are still under medical observation, as a precautinary measure.


We keep closely monitoring the health status of these passengers and our team.

Turkish Airlines states that since there were not seen any technical failure on the TC-JJG tail-coded aircraft, which were exposed to unforeseen adverse weather conditions (turbulence) before landing at New York JFK Airport, during the necessary technical examinations, the given airplane departed from JFK on time for operating its scheduled flight between New York (JFK) and Istanbul (IST).

With kind regards, 

Turkish Airlines Inc.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-3F2 ER TC-JJG (msn 40791) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931476.

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Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9

Turkish Airlines' second MAX 9

Turkish Airlines on March 1, 2019 quietly took delivery of TC-LYA (msn 60062), its first Boeing 737-9 MAX 9.

Image: Boeing.

Turkish Airlines previously finalized a firm order for 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800 jets.

Top Copyright Photo: The second MAX 9 is the pictured TC-LYB: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 TC-LYB (msn 60063) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 945884.

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New Istanbul Airport to fully open on March 3, 2019

The New Istanbul Airport (ISL) is now due to open on March 3, 2019, pending any last-minute issues. The opening has been delayed twice.

Once fully operational, the IST airport code will be transferred to the new airport (it is currently using ISL) from the current Ataturk Airport.

Turkish Airlines has also announced it will move additional flights to the new airport before the full open. It is currently operating at both airport.

Map: Wikipedia.

All photos by the airport authority.

Turkish Airlines launches Istanbul – Rovaniemi, Finland flights

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 WL TC-JZF (msn 60027) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 944673.

Turkish Airlines on December 5, 2018 added a new route from Istanbul (IST) to Rovaniemi, Finland (RVN). This is the first route to Lapland from Turkey.

The new route will operate three days a week.

TK 1749 05/12/2019 22/03/2020 .2.4..7 IST 10:20 13:35 RVN
TK 1750 05/12/2019 22/03/2020 .2.4..7 RVN 17:00 22:15 IST

All times are in LMT.

Previously Turkish Airlines launched twice-weekly flights to Banjul, the capital city of Gambia on November 26, 2018.

Banjul flight times as scheduled from November 26th;
Flight No. Days Departure Arrival
TK 599 Monday IST 01:30 DSS 6:10
TK 599 Monday DSS 06:55 BJL 7:50
TK 599 Monday BJL 08:45 IST 18:55
TK 597 Friday IST 13:30 DSS 18:10
TK 597 Friday DSS 18:55 BJL 19:50
TK 597 Friday BJL 20:45 IST 6:55 +1

All times are in LMT.

Turkish Airlines flies to 304 destinations across 122 countries, and has 330 aircraft in its fleet.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Turkish): Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 WL TC-JZF (msn 60027) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 944673.
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Turkish Airlines orders three Boeing 777 freighters

Turkish Airlines and Boeing today announced an order for three 777 Freighters as the flag carrier of Turkey continues to soar on record financial results and double-digit passenger and cargo growth. The order adds more of the long-range freighter to Turkish’s fleet as the airline pursues its goal of becoming the world’s largest cargo carrier.

Based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range), the 777 Freighter can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). The long range means fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter delivery times.

The new order comes days after Turkish Airlines posted record profits for the first nine months of 2018 on strong passenger and cargo demand. The carrier’s air freight business saw a 25-percent tonnage increase and a 29-percent revenue increase compared to the same period a year ago. The results extend the airline’s success in recent years as Turkey has become one of the largest and fastest-growing aviation markets.

In line with the rapid growth, Turkish Airlines has steadily expanded its current and future fleet. Last January, the carrier announced the order of three 777 Freighters. Two months later, Turkish finalized an order for 25 787-9 Dreamliners and five options to prepare for growing demand at Istanbul’s third airport, named “Istanbul Airport” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during its official opening last month. Over the past few months, Turkish has begun taking delivery of new 737 MAX airplanes to refresh its single-aisle jets. In all, the airline’s fleet of Boeing jetliners has grown to more than 160, with nearly 100 additional jets on order.

With more than 30 777s in its fleet, Turkish Airlines is among the top 10 operators of the wide-body jet in Europe and the Middle East.

To support the long-term growth of the Turkish aerospace industry and strengthen Boeing’s presence in the country, Boeing launched a strategic partnership program in Turkey last year, called the National Aerospace Initiative. Aligned with the targets of Turkey’s Vision 2023 that set for the 100th anniversary of Turkish Republic’s foundation, the initiative lays out a strategic collaboration framework in four key areas: industrial development, technology acceleration, services collaboration and advanced-skill training.

In line with these goals, Boeing is planning to open an engineering center in Istanbul that would specialize in research and support Turkey’s growing aerospace capability. The company also recently expanded its collaboration with Turkish Technic, the maintenance arm of Turkish Airlines. Under the agreement, Turkish Technic becomes a strategic supplier for Boeing’s Global Fleet Care program, providing operators with line maintenance, heavy maintenance, component service and repair for multiple aircraft models. Additionally, Boeing and Turkish Technic will partner to train and certify aircraft technicians.

Image: Boeing.


Turkish Airlines embarks on a new journey from Istanbul New Airport

Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish Aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establishes Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. The smart airport, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of east and west, has great potential for Turkish Airlines and the global aviation industry and will welcome 200 million passengers per year upon final completion.  


To coincide with the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the eagerly-awaited Istanbul New Airport was named “Istanbul Airport” at the opening ceremony yesterday, officially opened by President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Passengers on the first Turkish Airlines flights to the new airport that specially operated yesterday for the opening ceremony, received souvenir tickets. The opening of the new aviation hub, combined with the dynamism and energy of Turkish Airlines, will usher in a new era for the carrier.  Following the official opening of Istanbul Airport on 29th October 2018, Turkish Airlines is operating a limited number of domestic and international routes from the new airport, while all operations and existing flight schedule will run as usual from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. New, additional flights will be operated from Istanbul New Airport to Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Azerbaijan (Baku) and TRNC (Ercan) until 30th December.  Pursuant to existing planning, on 31st December, all operations will move from Istanbul Atatürk Airport, after which, all flights will operate from Istanbul New Airport.

As the airline that flies to more countries than any other, Turkish Airlines will be able to increase its network extension capacity and opportunities for new routes and timings with more slots available, allowing growth for both passenger and cargo transportation.  Passengers will benefit from a redefined travel experience throughout a superbly laid out ‘built from scratch’ terminal using the latest technologies and innovations.  

The megaproject will be launched in four phases with the final phase set to be complete in 2028. In all, the complex will occupy an area of 76.5 km2, boasting six runways, four terminals and 233 aircraft parking positions, with the capacity to serve up to 200 million passengers a year with 500+ check in desks and 225,000 employees. Upon completion of the final phase, the largest international flight hub will incorporate offices, residences, hotels, a health center, culture and art buildings, a shopping mall, designer outlets, an EXPO convention centre, and meeting and training facilities on site. 

All photos by Turkish Airlines.