Continuing our airline series, today we’ll go through Turkish airlines.
IATA: TK, ICAO: THY
Part 4; Turkish airlines:
It serves as Turkey’s official flag carrier airline. As well as, being the largest mainline carrier in the world by passenger destinations as of August 2019, operating scheduled routes to 315 locations across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The airline flies to 126 countries, which is more than any other airline and serves more destinations non-stop from a single airport. The airline’s cargo segment travels to 82 locations with a fleet of 24 cargo aircraft that are currently in service.
The Turkish Airlines General Management Building is where the airline’s corporate offices are located. It is situated on the grounds of Istanbul Atatürk Airport. At the airports in Izmir Adnan Menderes and Ankara Esenboa, there are secondary hubs.
Facts about the airline:
- Turkish Airlines became the eighth European airline in the 20-member Star Alliance on 1 April 2008, following an 18-month integration process that started in December 2006.
- In a little under 14 hours, you can fly nonstop from Istanbul to Los Angeles.
- It received awards from Skytrax in 2015 for being the “Best Airline in Europe,” “Best Airline in Southern Europe,” “World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge,” and “World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining.”
- Turkish Airlines created its first flight academy in 2004, which has 16 air cadets and 14 training aircraft. Beginner pilots primarily receive training in the renowned C-172 aircraft.
- For many years, the greatest onboard business class has gone to Turkish Airlines. This includes prizes for the finest business class in-flight cuisine and lounge dining. Most recently, it received recognition as the greatest business class airline lounge in the world.
- With several actors and celebrities, including Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant, Caroline Wozniacki, Kevin Costner, and Wayne Rooney, Turkish Airlines has participated in a number of sponsorships and promotions.
- One of the airline’s “Flying Chefs” is present on some flights. The gourmet meals provided in business class on the aircraft are made by this crew member.
- Turkish Airlines has stated that it will begin running the world’s longest direct route in 2016 from Istanbul, Turkey, to Sydney, the largest city in Australia. This would be the first direct flight between Europe and Australia. 14,868 kilometers between the two nations, and a Boeing 777-300ER is most likely to be used to travel that distance.
The most obvious icon of all things flying, a bird, served as inspiration for the Turkish Airlines logo. Here, the bird is entirely abstract and consists of nothing more than a wing curve over a diagonal bar (for the body). The upward movement of the body represents the future and upward motion.
Turkish Airlines’ bold, uppercase logotype is created in a professional, yet powerful and distinctive manner.
Regarding the color scheme, the primary Turkish airline’s logo is created using a traditional and time-honored mix of red, white, and black. These three hues stand for strength, loyalty, and enthusiasm while also showing the brand’s assurance, openness, and forward-thinking nature.
Its current fleet size is 321 aircraft
The Fleet consists of 185 airbus planes and 136 Boeing
Aircraft types and their number:
Boeing 737-800: 40
Boeing 737-900er: 15
Boeing 737 max 8: 20
Boeing 737 max 9: 5
Boeing 777-300er: 33
Boeing 777f: 8
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner: 15
History of the airline:
- On May 20, 1933, Turkish State Airlines was founded as a division of the Ministry of National Defense. Two Curtiss Kingbirds with five seats each, two Junkers F 13s with four seats each, and a Tupolev ANT-9 with ten seats made comprised the airline’s inaugural fleet.
- The airline was given to the Ministry of Public Works in 1935, after which it changed its name to General Directorate of State Airlines.
- It was incorporated into the Ministry of Transportation three years later, in 1938.
- The airline soon added Nicosia, Beirut, and Cairo to its list of foreign flying destinations. However, until the early 1960s, domestic services were the carrier’s main priority.
- The airline was restructured by the Turkish government in 1956 and given the name Türk Hava Yollar A.O. It had a capitalization of TRY 60 million. Soon after, the airline became a member of the IATA (International Air Transport Association).
- The airline faced a number of problems in the 1980s and 1990s. When compared to rival airlines, it gained a bad reputation for subpar customer service and frequent flight delays (47 out of 100 flights were delayed).
- THY had a fleet of 30 aircraft by the middle of the 1980s. It was transporting almost three million people annually to sixteen domestic and thirty overseas destinations. The airline served as Turkey’s principal source of foreign exchange.
- Turkish Airlines raised the number of its flight points to 241 destinations worldwide by the end of 2013.
- Main Photo credit to:https://www.dailysabah.com/business/transportation/turkish-airlines-breaks-all-time-occupancy-record