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Turkish Airlines becomes the largest operator in Europe! (for now)

COVID-19 is creating new airline rankings as some airlines restart operations at a faster pace than others.

Turkish Airlines has made this announcement:

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, was reported as the busiest operator in Europe last week after successfully restarting domestic and international passenger operations. On June 17, 2020, Turkish Airlines had 400 flights in Eurocontrol area for the first time an airline has that number since March 24, 2020.

EUROCONTROL is a pan-European, civil-military organisation dedicated to supporting European aviation. They confirmed that Turkey’s national flag carrier operated 359 flights during the first week of June from its home at Istanbul Airport. On 14th June three aircraft were able to take off simultaneously with the opening of Istanbul Airport’s third independent runway, a momentous occasion for the future of Turkish aviation.

With the resumption of services, Turkish Airlines also announced new ‘Guidelines for Safe Travel’ and two new inflight services to protect the health of its guests. Prepared with scientific data in mind, the flag carrier is distributing “Hygiene Kits” containing a face mask, disinfectant and antiseptic tissue to its guests, while “Hygiene Expert” cabin crews were appointed to flights to enforce all on-board hygiene and social distancing measures for the healthy travel of passengers.

Turkish Airlines’ aircrafts are disinfected prior to every flight via thorough cleaning methods. Hygiene in the cabin is ensured as all contact points in the aircraft are comprehensively cleaned using chemicals safe for human health, and with methods that are proven scientifically to be effective. Special equipment and chemicals are used for different surfaces such as seats, windows, screens and lavatories.

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Turkish Airlines suspends routes to Europe

Turkish Airlines has made this announcement:

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Europe, our flights with Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Holland as departure point are suspended until April 17, 2020.

As the airline that always puts the travel security at the forefront, Turkish Airlines will continue to monitor the latest developments on the situation with the national and international health authorities and take appropriate precautions.

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Passenger on Turkish Airlines flight tests positive for coronavirus, plane grounded at Changi Airport

From CNA:

A passenger arriving in Singapore today tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The Turkish Airlines aircraft is grounded at Changi Airport.

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Turkish Airlines cancels all flights to Italy, South Korea and Iraq

Turkish Airlines has made this announcement:

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Italy, our flights to/from this country are cancelled starting from March 1, 2020.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in South Korea and Iraq, our flights between February 29 – March 1, 2020 to/from Seoul, Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah and Erbil are cancelled.

Iran flights: Apart from the Tehran flights, all operations to/from destinations in Iran are cancelled until March 10, 2020.

Turkish followed up with this announcement:

Due to coronavirus outbreak, our flights to China’s Xi’an, Guangzhou and Shanghai cities are cancelled until March 29, 2020.

Our flights to Beijing are cancelled until March 9, 2020 and further actions will be determined after talks with related authorities.

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Turkish Airlines’ first Airbus A350-900 rolls out of the paint shop

Turkish Airlines has 25 Airbus A350-900s on order. The first (to become TC-LGA) has rolled out of the paint shop at Airbus.

Photo: Turkish Airlines.

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Turkish Airlines adds a new route Xi’an, China

Turkish Airlines added Xi’an, the Chinese city with three thousand years of history, to its flight network on December 30, 2019. Xi’an became the flag carrier’s fourth destination in Mainland China and the 318th destination in the world. The flights will be operated three times a week with Airbus A330 aircrafts.

Turkish Airlines passengers traveling to Xi’an, one of the oldest civilizations of the world, will have the opportunity to explore the numerous cultural heritages along with the historical fabric of the three thousand years old city. Serving as the capital of 13 different dynasties during the history of China, the region’s most popular destination is the Terracotta Army, which draws over two million tourists annually. Hidden underground for nearly 2200 years, it was first discovered during the excavations in 1974. Featuring eight thousand terracotta soldiers, it is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

*Istanbul – Xi’an – Istanbul flight schedule:

Flight Nu. Days Departure Arrival Start Date
TK 196 Monday, Wednesday, Friday IST 01:55 XIY 16:10 30.12.2019
TK 197 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday XIY 00:35 IST 06:10 31.12.2019

*All times are in LMT.

Photo: Turkish Airlines.

 

Turkish Airlines agrees to a MAX compensation deal with Boeing

Delivered on November 5, 2018

Turkish Airlines has agreed to a compensation deal with Boeing over the grounding and delay concerning the Boeing 737 MAX according to Reuters.

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Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-LCC (msn 60034) IST (TMK Photography). Image: 944512.

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Turkish Airlines will start to fly to Xi’an, China

Turkish Airlines has made this announcement:

Beginning its flights to China back in 1999 with Beijing destination, Turkish Airlines is connecting Xi’an to its flight network as its fourth destination in mainland China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou on the 20th year of its presence in the country.

After the meeting between Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı and Secretary of the Shaanxi Province Party Committee, Hu Heping on November 5, 2019, an agreement was made for Turkish Airlines to start its flights to Xi’an destination.

Xi’an flights will initially be three frequencies a week as the flights are being planned to start at the end of 2019 while they are set to increase gradually as the 2020 summer schedule begins. With the launch of Xi’an flights, Turkish Airlines’ reciprocal flights to China will increase to 24 flights a week.

In other news, Turkish Airlines has also announced its Ulaanbaatar flights, which are operated as Istanbul – Bishkek (FRU) – Ulaanbaatar (ULN) – Bishkek (FRU) – Istanbul, will be operated as 3 flights per week as Istanbul – Ulaanbaatar (ULN) – Istanbul as of January 1, 2020

FLT NBR START END DAYS DEP ARR
TK 362 01/01/2020 27/03/2020 1.3.5.. IST 19:55 9:20 ULN
TK 363 02/01/2020 28/03/2020 .2.4.6. ULN 10:50 14:30 IST

All times are in LMT.

 

Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways announce a new strategic partnership

Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways made this joint announcement:

Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways have announced a new strategic partnership, which will see Kuwait national carrier’s code added to Turkish Airlines flights, and Turkey’s national carrier’s code added to Kuwait Airways flights operated between Kuwait and Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen Airports. The Bilateral Codeshare Partnership will commence from August 1, 2019.

Both Airlines have endeavored a cordial commercial relationship since 1991, and since then both airlines have been reaping the rewards of such partnership. Turkish Airlines and Kuwait Airways’ cooperation further strengthened by signing renewed ‘Special Prorate Agreement’ in May 2019, and this codeshare agreement is now expected to take the partnership of two national flag carriers to a new height, and provide a great opportunity for the passengers from Kuwait and Turkey.

Signing of this agreement coincides with the time when Kuwait market is witnessing steady growth in travel to Turkish cities as a main tourist destination famous for its rich history, hospitality, culture and other facilities which make the visit to Turkey a perfect holiday experience.

It is worth mentioning that Kuwait Airways operates weekly 7 flights with A330/320/777 aircraft to Istanbul, and 7 weekly flights to Sabiha Gokcen; while Turkish Airlines operates 28 flights with A320/738/330 aircraft from Istanbul, and 14 flights with A320/738 aircraft from Sabiha Gokcen.

 

Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network

Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, have announced the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network.

Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:

From Warsaw From Istanbul
Krakow Ankara Bahrain
Gdansk Izmir Beirut
Szczecin Adana Baghdad
Poznan Antalya Dubai
Wroclaw Dalaman Kuwait
Katowice Amman Budapest
Rzeszow Cairo Johannesburg

Passengers will also enjoy both domestic and international connections from Istanbul. Moreover, taking into account the complementary structure of timetables of both carriers and agreement working reciprocally, it will allow both airlines’ customers to enjoy seamless connectivity in their respective hubs.

LOT Polish Airlines and Turkish Airlines passengers have also benefit of accruing and redeeming miles in their respective loyalty programs, Miles&More and Miles&Smiles on all flights of both carriers.