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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.

FLT NBR START END DAYS DEP ARR
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.

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Azul and Turkish Airlines enhance cooperation with frequent flyer agreement

Azul and Turkish Airlines have announced the enhancement of their cooperation with a frequent flyer agreement between the two airlines’ loyalty programs. Starting today, members of Azul’s loyalty program TudoAzul and members of Turkish Airlines loyalty program Miles&Smiles will have access to exclusive benefits and the ability to earn and redeem points when flying on each airline. This new frequent flyer agreement builds upon the very successful codeshare agreement between Turkish and Azul that was implemented in December 2017. Via this codeshare agreement customers traveling on a connecting itinerary between the two airlines can enjoy a seamless travel experience and connect to over 100 destinations in Brazil.

“Azul has proven itself to be a critical connecting partner for international airlines that fly into Brazil. With an unparalleled network of over 100 domestic destinations, airlines flying into Brazil can access an unrivalled portfolio of destinations and experiences for their customers when they partner with Azul for their domestic connectivity in Brazil“, says Abhi Shah, Chief Revenue Officer at Azul.

The Director of Marketing for Turkish Airlines, Ahmet Olmustur, also celebrated this new agreement. “We are very happy to amplify our strategic partnership with Azul. This clearly demonstrates that the codeshare we put in last year is working and that our customers are asking for even closer cooperation between our two airlines”, confirmed Olmustur.

The codeshare between Azul and Turkish allows a single ticket to be flown on both airlines the convenience of thru baggage and thru check-in. In this way, customers traveling on Turkish Airlines long-haul flights into Brazil have access to over 100 domestic destinations with the Azul network. At the same time Azul customer leaving Brazil can connect to the Turkish Airlines global network via their long haul flights.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Azul” said Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, that was present at the ceremony today. “This signing shows that the codeshare agreement, we made at the end of last year with Azul, was a great success that led up to bring our existing collaboration on a higher level.”

Turkish Airlines introduces new cabin crew uniforms

Turkish Airlines has introduced new uniforms for its cabin crews:

All photos by Turkish Airlines.

The airline issued this statement:

In celebration of 85 successful years, Turkish Airlines has unveiled a fresh look with a new uniform specially designed for its cabin crew. The new uniforms will begin to be used following the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, the “new home” of the flag carrier airline.

Inspired by many classic elements of Turkish design and culture, the new uniforms incorporate traditional patterns found in artisanal glassware, ceramics and calligraphy with contemporary textures and details. The collection combines shapes and colours found in Istanbul Bosphorus with a new ‘flow detail’, created to symbolise the effortless and dynamic energy flowing through Turkey’s most dynamic city as an intersection between East and West. 

The global airline, which flies to more countries than any other, paired up with Milan-based Haute Couturier Ettore Bilotta to create the dynamic new uniform design heralding a new era and brand identity for the national flag-carrier. 

Unique and recognisable with a deep red and anthracite grey palette, the collection includes hats, gloves, dresses, bags and accessories. Another key aspect of the project is that the uniforms of cabin, cockpit, flying chefs, and ground services will be streamlined under a single design approach to offer the passengers to live a holistic brand experience. Bilotta’s designs bring together the form and function, an essential consideration for an airline that flies to most international destinations in the world. New designs were not only conceptualised in consultation with fashion leaders and Turkish Airlines’ own team of cabin crew, but tested rigorously on long-haul trial flights in different climates. 

To launch the new look, the national carrier teamed up with globally renowned British photographer and artist, Miles Aldridge to shoot the new Turkish Airlines cabin uniform collection in Istanbul’s unique spots.

Rich in culture and history, and vibrant in colour and texture, Istanbul, spanning two continents, provided a stunning backdrop to the uniforms.  Drawing on his ability to combine a meticulous approach and rare flair for drama and narrative, Miles Aldridge shot the collection using the city to create a selection of bright and distinct images, ready for the launch of the uniforms. A moment that just happens to coincide with the airlines 85th Anniversary. “I was really inspired when I saw the uniforms as they hark back to a golden age of couture fashion from the 1950’s, but with a very contemporary twist. Again, it’s very much like my own work which is always referencing the past but very much being in today.”

Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

First Max 8, delivered on August 17, 2018

On August 17, 2018 Turkish Airlines took possession its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (TC-LCA).

TC-LCA departed Boeing Field in Seattle (top) as flight TK6830 bound for Keflavik (Reykjavik) in Iceland and landed in Istanbul the following day.

In 2013 Turkish Airlines finalized a firm order for 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800 jets. The order, originally announced as a commitment in April 2013, also included options for an additional 25 737 MAX 8s and is the largest Boeing order by value in Turkish Airlines’ history.

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest has been suffering lately with poor air quality due to extensive forest fires in the area.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-LCA (msn 60032) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 943198.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-LCA (msn 60032) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 943200.

First Max 8, delivered on August 17, 2018

Turkish Airlines posts $258 million operating net profit in the first half of 2018

Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-343 TC-LOG (msn 1651) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943019.

Turkish Airlines has made this announcement:

Turkish Airlines total revenue increased significantly during the first half of the year approximately by 30 percent compared to the same period of last year, reaching $6 billion. Thus, having displayed a remarkable growth performance in 2017, Turkish Airlines managed to increase both passenger and cargo revenue in the first half of 2018.

During the first half of the year, Turkish Airlines managed to increase net operating profit up from $17 million to $258 million, due to the increasing demand and unit revenues despite the increasing fuel prices.

In the first half of the year, EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent), which is used as a cash generation indicator, stood at $1.28 billion, with a 38 percent increase. EBITDAR margin improved by 1.5 percentage points to 21.5 percent. This value is the highest first half EBITDAR value that Turkish Airlines, that continues to be one of the most profitable airlines in the sector, has so far achieved.

During the first half of the year, total Load Factor climbed 4.3 percentage points to 80.4%, recording the highest load factor in Turkish Airlines history for the first half. During the same period, increase in total number of passengers carried, capacity (available seat kilometer) and demand (revenue per kilometer) was 18 percent, 9 percent and 16 percent, respectively, over the same period of last year. Turkish Airlines carried more than 35 million passengers during this period. According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) first five month figures, the global aviation sector realized capacity growth of 6 percent and demand growth of 7 percent.

Turkish Airlines, which continues to strengthen its identity as a leading global airline with its ever-expanding flight network and the implementation of other significant investments, currently operates flights to 49 domestic and 255 international destinations, a total of 304 destinations in 122 countries, along with Freetown, Samarkand, Krasnodar and Moroni, which have launched within this year.

The fleet of Turkish Airlines, one of the youngest and most modern in the world, operates a total of 325 aircraft, comprising 215 narrow body, 92 wide body and 18 cargo aircraft, as of today. Investing in the most advanced and environmentally friendly new generation aircraft, Turkish Airlines aims to reach a fleet of 500 aircraft by 2023.

Top Copyright Photo (All others by Turkish): Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-343 TC-LOG (msn 1651) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943019.

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