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Turkish Airlines orders 6 additional Airbus A350-900s

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Turkish Airlines has confirmed it has ordered six additional Airbus A350-900s.

The aircraft will be delivered in late 2022 and 2023.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-941 TC-LGB (msn 421) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 953634.

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Turkish Airlines reports a first quarter net profit of $163 million (US)

Turkish Airlines issued this financial report:

Global aviation sector left behind two years of its biggest crisis in history. In this difficult time, Turkish Airlines finished the first quarter of 2022 at $163 million USD real operating profit and 161 million USD net profit despite the effects of the crisis caused by Covid-19 and increasing geopolitical tension.

Total revenue of our company during the first quarter of 2022 was 3.1 billion USD, surpassing the same period of 2019 by 10%. As for the cargo revenue which is the 32% of the total revenue, it recorded 141% increase compared to the same period in 2019.

Despite all the difficulties effecting the demand due to the crisis caused by Covid-19, flag carrier managed to recover earlier than its competitors in passenger transport while strengthening its cargo operations compared to pre-pandemic state. Despite the increasing oil prices, global carrier managed to record a net profit by lowering its total expenditures by 2 percent compared to same period of 2019 with cost saving measures. As a result, EBITAR (Earnings before interest, taxes, amortization, and rent), which shows the cash generation potential of the company, was at 710 million USD, a 98% increase compared to the same period of 2019. The EBITAR margin increased by 10.3 points compared to last year and became 23.3%.

During the first quarter of 2022 which saw global carrier reaching 91% of its Q1 2019 passenger capacity, Turkish Airlines carried a total of 12.7 million passengers with 83.6% load factor at domestic flights and 68.6% percent load factor at international flights. Turkish Airlines strengthened its identity as a global airline during these difficult times with its wide flight network, strong frequencies, and superior hygiene standards. As of the end of March, flag carrier possesses one of the world’s youngest and most modern fleets with 372 aircraft, 248 of them narrow-body and 104 of them wide-body, along with 20 cargo aircraft.

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Turkish Airlines to showcase its sustainability initiatives and new destinations

2022 "Bio Fuel" special livery

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline will be highlighting the use of sustainable aviation fuel and new destinations at the Arabian Travel Market 2022 including flights to Seattle. Visitors to the Turkish Airlines stand will also enjoy a host of activities, including flight simulations to explore Istanbul attractions virtually.

The flag carrier is highlighting sustainable aviation fuel at ATM prompted by the awareness of the effect the aviation sector has on climate change and hopes to help reduce the carbon footprint of its customers. Sustainable aviation fuel reduces emissions by 87 percent and comes with high energy that helps reduce harmful particles of SOx and NOx emissions due to clean burn. It is produced from sustainable raw materials and devoid of harmful heavy metals.

Turkish Airlines sustainability initiatives will enable the carrier to further expand its route network and achieve a further growth in both passenger and cargo transport. The carrier has initiated over 100 operational optimization projects since 2008 to lessen its carbon footprint and will continue to implement techniques to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

The airline recently celebrated its 40-year anniversary of flying to the UAE in synergy with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Now with an advanced hub and superior facilities, Turkish Airlines’ goal remains to continue expanding globally by increasing both its destination and fleet numbers, while providing passengers with unparalleled customer service in-flight and on the ground. The Airline is renowned for providing more legroom, better onboard catering and enhanced in-flight entertainment options

The modern airport lounges in the carrier’s hub align with the Turkish Airlines’ brand of luxury and offer travellers a more rewarding airport experience. When flying with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul Airport, Business Class passengers and Economy passengers with Miles&Smiles membership can use either the Business Lounge or the Miles&Smiles Lounge depending on their eligibility, or they can use the Domestic Lounge for domestic flights.

The Business Lounge features 13 private suites, shower cabins, a Turkish museum, a movie hall, and a variety of delicious Turkish food, the lounge offers world-class refinement and promises a one-of-a-kind experience. The Miles&Smiles Lounge is open 24 hours and has a cinema, console gaming, spacious children’s playground, meeting rooms and a library. It houses 11 suites with showers, comfortable couches and delicious Turkish and world cuisines.

Turkish Airlines, which became a member of the world’s largest airline network, Star Alliance, is all geared-up to showcase many reasons for its continued success at the Arabian Travel Market. The carrier recently increased the frequency of its flights from UAE to its Istanbul hub which connects travellers to 329 destinations worldwide (279 international and 50 domestic) while maintaining the utmost care for a safe and healthy travel experience. 

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-231 WL TC-JSU (msn 6709) (Bio Fuel) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 957533.

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Turkish Airlines is protecting the future of our world with its sustainability operations


Turkish Airlines has made this announcement:

Bringing together regions, cultures, and economies together with its flights operated to over 300 destinations in five continents, Turkish Airlines continues to open its wings for the future of our world. During 2021, global brand prevented tens of thousands of trees from being cut and hundreds of thousands of cubic meter water from being contaminated with its sustainability operations with four focal points: humanity, world, improvement, and management function.

Campaigning against the environmental problems facing our world at every area it is operating ranging from air cargo to catering onboard, from aircraft MRO to ground services at the airports, flag carrier’s latest initiative was to use environmentally friendly fuel during its Istanbul – Paris flight on  February 2, 2022. Global brand plans to increase the frequencies and destinations that use this fuel which is now being used on one flight per week for Paris, Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and Stockholm flights.

Aircraft maintenance hangar recycles rainwater to useable water

As the region’s foremost MRO company with the technical abilities it possesses, Turkish Technic promises a more environmentally conscious future with its renewed facilities. Turkish Technic’s C/D hangar which is one of the service locations of the company and Turkiye’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility under one roof, stores rainwater and turns it into usable water. This water which is stored and treated via rainwater collection system are then used all over the facility for day to day use and process water instead of drawing water from the city’s water supplies. During 2021, 54 percent of the facility’s water usage was met with rainwater.

Getting over 1 billion USD revenue with its 2021 operations, Turkish Technic makes a significant contribution to Turkiye’s exports while ensuring that by treating the water that was used during these operations, company prevented the waste of 1.471 million liters of water which equals to usage of 59 thousand people. On top of that, successful brand prevented 6710 trees from being cut by recycling 632 tons of non-hazardous waste and ensured 39,119 m3 of soil stayed clean by recovery of 700 tons of hazardous waste.

Turkish Cargo carries economy of Uganda to the future

As the fastest growing brand of global cargo sector, Turkish Cargo supports the projects that ease international trade in accordance with its sustainability strategy. Successful brand supports Uganda Project, one of the country projects of The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which aims to improve and grow the export of Uganda. Turkish Cargo provides training support for Ugandan personnel, sharing its operational experience to contribute towards digitalization and improvement in capacity for air cargo sector in Uganda.

Electric vehicles of TGS travel approximately 38 thousand km every day

Turkish Ground Services (TGS) possesses 309 electric vehicles in 9 airports located in Istanbul and Anatolia and that number is rising every day. Ranging from pushback vehicles that move aircraft to baggage tractors, electric vehicles contribute to environmentally conscious operations of TGS. When the daily active hours of vehicles are counted, they collectively travel approximately 38 thousand km every day, almost the circumference of Earth.

Company’s environmentalist actions are not limited to this either. Working with zero waste goal on all of its work processes, ground services operator prevented 2152 tons of hazardous and 294 tons of non-hazardous waste from being mixed with nature during 2021 just on the airports in Istanbul.

Aircraft saved enough fuel to equal 292 thousand trees being planted in a year

Biggest returns for the environmentalist operations of Turkish Airlines comes from fuel saving efforts. By productively adapting processes such as single engine taxi methods, route optimizations and flight center of gravity during planning to operations, flag carrier saved 37,820 tons of fuel and prevented 116,809 tons of carbon emissions from being released to atmosphere during 2021. This equals to 292 thousand trees being planted or 473 flights between Istanbul and New York with wide body aircraft.

Operating with one of the world’s youngest fleets, flag carrier airline aims to increase its fuel-saving by enhancing its fleet with new generation aircraft.


Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TC-LCD (msn 60035) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 945876.

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Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia further expand their codeshare cooperation

Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia announced the further enhancement of their commercial cooperation with a codeshare agreement expanding to destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and Air Serbia’s networks. The codeshare expansion agreement was officially signed in Istanbul in the presence of the two airlines’ CEOs – Bilal Ekşi and Jiří Marek.

The two carriers, who already codeshare on both airlines’ routes between Belgrade and Istanbul, further enhanced their cooperation with Air Serbia adding its JU marketing code on Turkish Airlines’ brand AnadoluJet’s flights between Turkish capital Ankara and Serbian capital Belgrade. At the same time, Turkish Airlines has added its TK marketing code to Air Serbia’s routes between Niš and Istanbul, as well as Kraljevo and Istanbul, thus providing passengers on mentioned routes access to Turkish Airlines’ global network.

Both airlines already codeshare on below flights:

From Belgrade: Banja Luka, Tivat, Ankara

From Istanbul: Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Antalya, Dalaman, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Konya, Trabzon, Gazipaşa, Bodrum, Odessa, Kiev, Amman, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Nis, Kraljevo

Turkish Airlines starts to use sustainable aviation fuel on its flights

Turkish Airlines made this announcement:

Focusing on protecting the richness of nature for the future generations in Turkey and in 128 countries in its flight network, Turkish Airlines started to use sustainable aviation fuel on its flights. Aviation fuel obtained from sustainable sources was used for the first time on TK1823 flight that departed from Istanbul Airport for Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport on February 2, 2022 2022. While sustainable fuel will be used for one day a week on the chosen route, there are plans in place to use it on different routes on a wider scale.

Aware of the effect the aviation sector has on climate change and developing projects to decrease that effect, flag carrier airport took a significant step towards reducing the carbon footprint of its guests with the sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainable aviation fuel that will be used for Turkish Airlines has 87 percent less greenhouse gas compared to fossil fuels.

The fueling process is also facilitated by Turkish Airlines subsidiary Turkish Fuel Services (TFS). Sourced from Neste company, environmentally friendly product is stored in TFS fuel farm, and gets loaded to aircraft after it gets blended with jet fuel. Next goal of the flag carrier goes further than using sustainable fuel for its flights. Global brand is conducting “Microalgae Based Sustainable BioJet Fuel Project (MICRO-JET)” with Bogaziçi University with the support of TUBITAK. When the project is complete, first carbon negative integrated bio refinery of Turkey and Europe will start its service.

This sustainable fuel with high energy helps to decrease harmful particles of SOx and NOx emissions due to clean burn. Produced from sustainable raw materials and without any harmful heavy metals, this fuel will be used once a week as a start in Istanbul – Stockholm flights.

Significant Recycling Effort by Turkish Airlines 

Turkish Airlines started over 100 operational optimization projects since 2008 in order to lower its carbon footprint and successfully implemented them throughout the years. With these projects implemented in every stage of the trip along with ground operations, 15 thousand 363 tons of fuel was saved, and 48 thousand 394 tons of carbon dioxide were prevented from being dispersed to the atmosphere during the third quarter of 2021. During the first three quarters, total CO2 prevention was at 85 thousand 119 tons.

During 2019, the best year of global aviation prior to the pandemic, flag carrier airline saved enough soil to cover 63 football fields while saving 3 thousand 648 trees with its preventative measures in aircraft maintenance operations. Preventing machine and aircraft oil to reach natural water sources, Turkish Technic saved enough water to fill 784 olympic pools.

As for the packaging of the inflight products, global carrier opts to use starch-based material that can be easily reclaimed by nature.

During 2019 flights;

– Usage of over 176 tons of plastic was prevented by using bio packaging

– Combs and shoehorns were removed from travel kits, preventing 105 tons of plastic waste

– By distributing all travel and toy kits without exterior bags, 15 million 229 thousand and 348 bags were rendered unnecessary to produce

– 145 thousand 743 kg textile waste were recycled to textile products by licensed recycling firms

– By sorting glass, plastic and paper-based waste at the source, during 2019; 5 thousand 624 kg glass (6750 gram glass raw material saved), 67 thousand 784 kg plastic (1085 barrels of oil saved) and 252 thousand 167 kg paper (equivalent of 4 thousand and 287 trees) were recycled.


Turkish Airlines celebrates 88 Years in the sky and 40 years in the UAE


Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, celebrates its 40th year anniversary of flying to the UAE in synergy with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. The airline, established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircrafts launched its first Middle East flight to Beirut and Cairo in 1951 and the first TK flight landed in Abu Dhabi on January 7, 1981 with the route relaunching again on January 25, 2006. 

The first flight to Dubai was operated on November 5, 1983, while the Sharjah route was launched on April 11, 2019 with daily flights.

In addition ; Anadolujet operated its first UAE flight on December 20, 2020 by operating daily flights.

Currently Turkish Airlines operates 28 weekly flights to UAE (21 weekly flights between Istanbul Airport and Dubai Airport, 3 weekly flights between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Dubai Airport and 4 weekly flights between Istanbul Airport and Abu Dhabi Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-8F2 WL TC-JVR (msn 60030) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 955938.

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Finnair and Turkish Airlines launch code shares

Delivered on December 13, 2018

Finnair and Turkish Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa.

2021 special scheme for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics Games, Team Türkiye

Turkish Airlines flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, and currently operates to more than 300 international passenger and cargo destinations in total, in 127 countries.

Top Copyright Photo: Finnair Airbus A350-941 OH-LWM (msn 264) LHR (SPA). Image: 945935.

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Above Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-203 TC-JNB (msn 704) (Team Türkiye) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 954480.

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Turkish increases the number of flights to Dubai

Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-941 TC-LGB (msn 421) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 953634.

Turkish Airlines increased the frequency of its Dubai to Turkey route to three daily flights to its Istanbul hub.

The new flight will start to operate from June 17, 2021. It will depart from Dubai daily at 10:20 and arrive in Istanbul at 14:00 with return flights leaving Istanbul at 20:40 and arriving in Dubai the next morning at 2:00. All times are local times of their departure points.  

The flight will be operated with wide body aircrafts.

The airline also launched its Newark route, starting its flights on May 22,  2021. Newark is the 10th USA destination in the extensive network of the flag carrier. Other new destinations launched include Vancouver, Canada and Turkistan, Kazakhstan.

Top Copyright Photo: Turkish Airlines Airbus A350-941 TC-LGB (msn 421) FRA (Bernhard Ross). Image: 953634.

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Turkish Airlines Cargo opens a new cargo connection from Munich to Istanbul

Munich International Airport made this announcement:

A new scheduled service is now available for the fast transport of goods from Munich to Istanbul and beyond to many Asian destinations. Turkish Airlines Cargo has now launched its first weekly cargo service from Bavaria to the Bosporus.

The Turkish carrier is operating Airbus A330F freighters on its new cargo route. The new service has already been well received by Bavaria’s business community and logistics companies. The inaugural flights to and from Istanbul were already fully booked with 50 tons of freight on each flight.

Photo, Huseyin Ceyhan, Vice President of Turkish Airlines (2nd from left), Ahmet Yildirim, Regional Cargo Director Germany of Turkish Airlines (center), Jost Lammers, CEO Munich Airport (4th from left) and the pilots joined the traditional ribbon cutting in front of the Turkish Airlines freighter.