urkish Airlines, best European carrier, designed a special aircraft for UEFA Champions League, one of the world’s most followed sports events.
Becoming the first airline to sponsor UEFA Champions League which will have its 2023 final in İstanbul, Turkish Airlines designed one of its Airbus A330’s for the occasion. With its TC-JNM tail number, UEFA Champions League themed aircraft flew for the first time with its new makeover for the TK1821 İstanbul Airport to Paris flight during the first day of the year.
Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated: “We will host the 2023 finale of the UEFA Champions League in İstanbul as one of its official sponsors. We are pleased to be a part of this important event which will also take place during the 100th year of our Republic. As this is one of the most significant sponsorships of Turkish sports history, our aircraft with the UEFA Champions League theme is a testament to our commitment to sports.”
Soaring through the skies, aircraft’s application of its UEFA Champions League theme was completed by Turkish Technic in four days.
Turkish Airlines continues to expand. The airline has disclosed it has plans to add the following destinations in the future:
Rio de Janeiro
On the financial side, Turkish Airlines reported a $1.5 billion net profit in the third quarter with this announcement:
Global aviation underwent a quarter of increasing geopolitical tensions and global inflationist pressure while facing unprecedented operational problems. Turkish Airlines finished the third quarter of 2022 with 1.5 billion USD net profit thanks to its operational agility and ability to meet the increasing demand with its highly skilled workforce and wide flight network it preserved during the pandemic. Our company managed to conclude its fifth quarter in a row with a net profit despite the difficult operating environment that persisted since 2020.
Total revenue of our company during the third quarter of 2022 was 6.1 billion USD, surpassing the same period of 2019 by 52%. Constituting 14% of the total revenues, cargo revenues increased by 110% compared to the same period in 2019 and recorded as approximately 880 million USD.
Despite the disruptions in European airports, our company managed to meet the passenger demand by successfully conducting its operations. In spite of the inflationist pressures on the global scale, flag carrier managed to record a net profit during the third quarter of 2022 by lowering its unit expenses excluding fuel by 5 percent compared to same period of 2019. As a result, EBITAR (Earnings before interest, taxes, amortization, and rent), which shows the cash generation potential of the company, realized as 2.1 billion USD.
During the third quarter of 2022, passenger capacity exceeded 2019 levels by 16% and Turkish Airlines carried a total of 23 million passengers with 91.4% load factor at domestic flights and 85.3% percent load factor at international flights. Our fleet, which is one of the world’s youngest and most modern, consists of 390 aircraft, 260 of them narrow-body and 109 of them wide-body, along with 21 cargo aircraft.
As the Europe’s leader in terms of number of flights operated by a network carrier during 2021 and the first half of 2022, Turkish Airlines recorded a significant success on the global scale in the third quarter of the year by becoming the network carrier that offers more international seat capacity than any other. As the insufficient workforce and infrastructure were deeply felt during the third quarter, our company continued its flight operations uninterruptedly. While European carriers experienced 1.7% flight cancellations on average, this rate for our airline was at 0.3%. As a result of our country’s investments towards aviation infrastructure, İstanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport were among the best performers in Europe in terms of on-time departures.
Quadrupling its market share in the cargo transportation market in the last 10 years, our company strengthened its success by being the world’s fourth biggest air cargo carrier according to IATA’s 2022 August data. Moving to SMARTIST, new cargo operations centre built with high technological features in İstanbul Airport in February 2022, Turkish Cargo is aiming to further enhance its position among the leading air cargo brands of the world at its new home.
Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-LCT (msn 60061) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 958733.
Turkish Airlines becomes the first airline to sponsor the UEFA Champions League, which will have its 2023 final in Istanbul.
Bringing millions of people from 129 countries of the world together on the skies every year, Turkish Airlines became the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, one of the most followed sports competitions in the world. This prestigious partnership, which will be one of the most significant sponsorship deals in the history of Turkish sports, is of particular importance as this season’s UEFA Champions League final will take place at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on June 10, 2023.
UEFA Champions League organization which Turkish Airlines will participate as the official sponsor reaches 678 million viewers in 200 countries via over 70 broadcasters. Fans also participate in the Champions League excitement on social media with 28 million engagements. Turkish Airlines will have wide range of exposure, logo and name rights before, during and after the matches including LED screens surrounding the field. As part of the deal, Türkiye’s national flag carrier will also partner with the UEFA Super Cup, the UEFA Futsal Champions League finals, and the UEFA Youth League finals as the official sponsor.
The announcement of Turkish Airlines’ UEFA Champions League sponsorship deal took place at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul with the participation of Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat along with senior Turkish Airlines executives and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin along with UEFA Marketing Director Guy-Laurent Epstein.
Turkish Airlines was the first airline in the world to partner with UEFA as its official airline sponsor for the UEFA EURO 2016. Flag carrier airline also realized sponsorships with prominent teams such as FC Barcelona, Manchester United FC, Borussia Dortmund, Olympique de Marseille and River Plate. Turkish Airlines’ “The Selfie Shootout” commercial featuring Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi is among the most watched commercials of all time.
The national flag carrier supports different sports branches besides football and has been the title sponsor of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, Europe’s most important basketball tournament since 2010. Turkish Airlines also provides high-level support for sports such as volleyball, tennis, golf, rugby and equestrian.
Aiming to offset the carbon emissions caused by flights, Turkish Airlines will launch a new program called Co2mission. The program aims to balance the emissions caused by all business trips from the company’s personnel. As for the guests, they will be able to fly more environmentally conscious on a voluntary basis. With this program, the national flag carrier will ensure carbon offset becomes achievable and practical for anyone with environmental awareness.
Starting its operations on August 1, the program’s website offers numerous portfolio options for carbon offset with environmental and communal benefits such as renewable energy and forestation. Passengers aiming to offset the emission of their flight can do so by contributing their desired amount to the project portfolio of their choice, thus purchasing an emission reduction certification accredited by United Nations. The passenger contributions will be used to support the projects accredited by VCS and Gold Standard and can submit their third-party evaluation and reviews without any cuts by Turkish Airlines.
Sharing his thoughts on the voluntary carbon offset project “Co2mission,” Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat stated: “We are continuing to take the initiative to combat climate change, which stands at the forefront of today’s global problems. Soon, we will add another to our sustainability focused projects which are proving themselves with successful results. The projects supported by the carbon offset program will also show our heartfelt commitment to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The decision to implement this program is the result of our desire to conduct all our operations responsibly. I am sure that our passengers will also show great interest in the program with the knowledge that all of us are responsible for this beautiful world we share.”
Flight date information along with arrival-departure stations are enough to take part in the carbon offset process. Guests are able to complete their carbon offset process whenever they want, regardless of which airline they traveled with. With the THY Co2mission platform, it is possible to calculate the carbon offset amount with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) methodology, which considers route length, aircraft type, fuel consumption and numerous other factors. The platform will be reachable through Turkish Airlines website during ticket purchases or directly through the Co2mission website: http://turkishairlines.co2mission.com/.
Turkish Airlines has announced that as of June 20, 2022 the restrictions set by Türkiye due to COVID-19 has been lifted.
The flights to Saudi Arabia have resumed to pre-pandemic conditions and Saudi citizens are able to travel to or transit through Türkiye again.
Turkish Airlines flies from Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina by connecting travellers from KSA to 335 cities in 128 countries, including 51 cities in Türkiye. Passengers are able to fly to Türkiye without a PCR test or vaccination card and masks are not mandatory in the aircrafts.
With the resumption of Touristanbul, Turkish Airlines passengers with connecting flights in İstanbul Airport with 6-24 hours of between their flights will have the option to discover İstanbul and its cultural and historical wonders.
Turkish Airlines connects Saudi Arabia and Istanbul with flights from four major Saudi cities: Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina.
Turkish Airlines is starting its flights to Tivat as its second destination in Montenegro after its operations to capital Podgorica.
First flight to Tivat Airport from İstanbul Airport was operated on June 11, 2022 on a Boeing 737-800 type aircraft with TC-JVR tail number.
Distinguishing itself with its ports, beaches, natural beauties and historical locations, coast city Tivat is also quite close with other historical and touristic cities such as Cetinje (old capital), Kotor, Budva, Stari Bar and Ulcinj.
Increasing the number of destinations in its flight network to 340 with Tivat, flag carrier brand will be operating its Tivat flights 3 days a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays until October 31, 2022.
*All times are in LMT.
In other news, Turkish Airlines was to formally changed its name to Türkiye Hava Yollari, due to the request of President Erdogan. However the President may have backed off due to opposition for the change.
Turkish Airlines continues to expand its flight network with flights to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, as of June 1, 2022. Connecting Africa to more destinations than any other in the world, Turkish Airlines has increased the number of destinations on the African Continent to 62 with Juba.
The flag carrier brand will be operating Juba flights 3 days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 aircraft.
Turkish Airlines has increased the number of destination countries to 129, and overall destinations to 338 with Juba; while offering a wide range of connection opportunities to its guests with new destinations, the carrier also continues to provide high end services worldwide.