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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.

Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrate the airline’s first 777F Freighter

Boeing, Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery of carrierís first 777 Freighter. The airplane is seen here arriving to Istanbul. (Turkish Airlines photo). (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Boeing and Turkish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777 Freighter, the world’s longest-range twin-engine freighter. The airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business.

The 777 Freighter is based on the 777-200LR (Longer Range) passenger airplane and can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg).

Based in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world. It carries over 60 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 300 destinations in 120 countries. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers, expanding to 329 aircraft today.

Photo: Turkish Airlines/Boeing. Turkish Airlines Boeing 777F TC-LJL (msn 60403) is pictured arriving at the Istanbul base. The freighter was actually handed over by Boeing to the carrier on November 30, 2017.

Turkish Airlines Airbus A320 makes a hard landing, engine catches on fire, makes another emergency landing at Istanbul

Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) flight TK 1878 from Milan (Malpensa) to Istanbul (Ataturk) today (April 25) made an emergency landing at Istanbul after the engine on the Airbus A320 caught on fire.

The aircraft initially reportedly made a hard landing with the right engine and wing contacting the runway. The crew performed a go around and then made the emergency landing.

According to Reuters the 97 passengers and crew members were safely taken to the terminal.

The aircraft involved is A320-232 TC-JPE (msn 2941) painted in the Star Alliance livery.

Read the full report from IBT: CLICK HERE

Photo by EmS on Twitter:

Turkish A320 at IST

Azerbaijan Airlines to start Baku-New York flights on September 24

Azerbaijan Airlines-AZAL (Baku) has announced the start of scheduled flights from Baku to New York commencing on September 24, 2014. Flights to John Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York City will be flown weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays with departure from Baku at 0600 and arriving to the biggest city of North America at 0930 local time. The return flights will be operated on the same days of the week leaving New York at 1130 and coming to the capital of Azerbaijan at 0800 the next day.

The flights will be operated with Airbus A340-500s.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinerGallery.com. Airbus A340-542 4K-AZ85 9msn 886) arrives in Istanbul.

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Gulf Air improves its financial position for the first half of 2014

Gulf Air (Bahrain) has issued this financial statement of the first half of 2014 showing improved financial performance:

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, has delivered a strong fiscal and operational performance for the first half of the year, ending June 2014, reducing its year-on-year losses by over 30% and building on the airline’s positive 2013 strategic restructuring results that put the national carrier firmly on-track towards achieving long-term commercial sustainability. The 2014 half year results further strengthen Gulf Air’s position as a key national infrastructure asset that provides essential business links for the Kingdom of Bahrain’s wider economic development.

In the first two quarters of 2014, Gulf Air increased its overall revenue by 10% compared to the same period in 2013. This was realized principally through an enhanced revenue stream that was driven by augmented operations, improved load factors and increased connecting traffic.

H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board of Directors commented, “The first two quarters of 2014 have been critical in the national carrier’s recent, post-restructuring development. These positive half year results show that Gulf Air is continuing on a positive trajectory to become an efficient, commercially sustainable business and an integral part of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s local economy.”

With a focus on high-demand and high-yield point-to-point routes that connect Bahraini businesses with regional markets, the first half of 2014 saw Gulf Air continue to strengthen its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) operations while maintaining strategic links to select points in Europe, the Far East, India and Pakistan. During this period the national carrier commenced services to its fifth destination in Pakistan – Sialkot, recommenced flights to the Iranian capital Tehran and the Greek capital Athens. Additionally, the airline increased frequencies to Mashhad to now operate daily flights between Bahrain and the Iranian city. Recognizing additional capacity opportunities regionally, the airline’s management team also initiated discussions during the first half of 2014 with various Civil Aviation Authorities to request further additional frequencies across its network. The airline’s ongoing network refinement was partially responsible for its strong performance during the first six months of 2014, delivering a seat factor, revenue passenger count and passenger yield that were all improvements on that achieved in the first half of 2013. This was all further supplemented by the airline’s strong on time punctuality results.

H.E Kamal Bin Ahmed, Minister of Transport and Chairman of Gulf Air’s Board Executive Committee stated: “We are pleased with these strong first half results, which are evidence of the on-going fiscal and operational improvements being made across the business. These early results are fully in line with our expectations as we continue to further strengthen the position of Bahrain’s national carrier. To date, much has been achieved and we look forward to continuing this progress for the rest of 2014.”

Gulf Air’s Board of Directors and executive management team are committed to building upon the successes of the national carrier’s 2013 restructuring. Through process and productivity improvements and procurement savings across the business, the airline has continued to reduce losses in 2014 while increasing revenue as it transforms into a more dynamic and efficient carrier.

Commenting on the half year results, Gulf Air Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Maher Salman Al Musallam said, “The initial benefits from the national carrier’s strategic restructuring were evident in our positive 2013 results and these have translated to significant loss reduction and revenue generation during the first half of 2014. Encouraging summer season bookings confirm the positive trend. Our investment in strengthening our network with the addition of new international destinations occurred within a rising demand environment that also saw us substantially increase our available capacity thanks to schedule enhancements to key routes. The ongoing implementation of the airline’s strategic development is progressing in line with targets, with the full synergy and benefits expected to mature over the coming months. We are looking forward to more positive results in the latter half of 2014 while we continue to deliver a superior product and service offering to our passengers.”

Going forward, and in light of Gulf Air’s positive half year financial and operational results, Bahrain’s national carrier is well positioned to not only address the coming challenges but nurture the airline’s long term future growth. The airline’s 2014 target is to continue on its path towards long-term sustainability, further cutting its losses. This will be achieved through further reducing operational costs, increasing sales efficiency and focusing on customer needs.

With the continued development of synergies between the national carrier’s primary stakeholders – the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority – Gulf Air is on track to strengthen its position as a key national infrastructure asset supporting Bahrain’s future economic growth and better serving the Kingdom. Bolstered by increasing public support for the airline, rising sales, growing confidence and national pride in the carrier, Gulf Air, anticipates a positive outlook for the remainder of 2014 and into the future.

Copyright Photo: Yuji Wang/AirlinersGallery.com Gulf Air Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW A9C-MD (msn 19000373) departs from Istanbul.

Gulf Air: AG Slide Show

Asiana Airlines is changing its cockpit culture as a result of the July 6 crash

Asiana Airlines (Seoul) is changing its pilot training program according to this report by Reuters. As a result of recommendations from the NTSB concerning the July 6, 2013 crash at San Francisco. Asiana is now encouraging its flight crews to talk more and to challenge each other as a way of changing its corporate culture.

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Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-28E ER HL7500 (msn 28685) taxies at Istanbul (Ataturk).

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Newsworthy Photo of the Day – June 1, 2013

Azerbaijan Airlines Airbus A340-542 4K-AZ85 (msn 886) IST (Rainer Bexten). Image: 912363.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com (click on the photo for the full size view).

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