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The Turkish Airline Story

The Turkish Airline Story

Turkish Airlines was established in 1933 as part of the Turkish Ministry of defense with only five aircrafts. In the beginning, the carrier commenced with domestic routes. In 1947, the first international route from Ankara to Istanbul and then Athens was launched. The ensuing years saw the company operating more international routes leading to an increase in fleets.  Today, the airline flies to more countries than any other airline and is the world’s fourth largest carrier in terms of destination served.

As a member of the Star Alliance, the airline company has code share agreements with about 40 other airlines. Currently, the airline company boasts the largest and youngest of fleets in Europe actively operating 317 aircrafts (passenger and cargo) with an average age of approximately  seven years.  The company’s commitment to maintaining a high level of quality is the result of hard lessons from its past.  The airline’s widespread network spans 289 destinations in 115 countries, comprising domestic and international destinations, and is considered to operate one of the largest networks in the world with an impressive frequency rates. Turkish Airlines commenced Nigeria operations in 2006 on the Lagos -Istanbul route.  Shortly after the debut, the company realized the need to add more frequencies then increased capacity flying three routes-Lagos, Abuja and Kano.

The airline also increased its operation offering seven daily flights from Abuja.  As with many international airlines operating on the Nigerian airspace, Nigeria is one of the most strategic routes for the company and it recently opened an outlet in Abuja making it the third local destination in Nigeria after Lagos and Kano. Port-Harcourt is the next prospect in the offing for the four star carrier. Temel Kotil, who was named Turkey’s best performing CEO for the year 2015, is clearly enthused by the fact that more than any other airline in the world Turkish Airlines offer the largest number of destination choices for its passengers: “That is why we were rated as the best European airline connecting Nigeria to world  Read more

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