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Why Fly On Turkish Airline
Founded in 1933, Turkish Airlines’ main office and hub are located at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. They also service three secondary hubs within Turkey. Considered the 4th largest carrier in the world by number of destinations at 342, Turkish Airlines has been a part of the Star Alliance since 2008. They were called Turkair up until 2008 and replaced it with Turkish Air.
After suffering a long history of struggles, difficulties and financial losses throughout the late 70’s and late 1980’s, growth began for Turkish Airlines around the mid 90’s as they began launching more flights to North American. They also began dealing with some heavy competition and decided to team up with several other airlines thru marketing partnerships to become more competitive.
The airline decided to expand tremendously in 2004 with a huge purchase of 51 aircraft and invested in new technical and training facilities in order to be ready to maintain these aircraft. As of December of 2013 their fleet comprises 224 passenger aircraft, most of which are the Airbus A321-200 and Airbus A320-200, in addition to 9 cargo aircraft
Turkish Airlines has many sponsorship programs with many athletic leagues as well as many sponsorship and promotion deals with renowned athletes and actors. In fact the main front page of their website currently displays Lionel Messi and Kobe Bryant.
After all that they have been through, Turkish Airlines won the Skytrax awards for Europe’s Best Airline, Southern Europe’s Best Airline, and the World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat for three years in a row, in 2011,2012, and 2013. In 2013 they were named the Airline of the Year by Air Transport News during their Awards Ceremony.
Turkish Airlines Flights
The airline flies to 202 international airports throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas and 41 domestic destinations in 105 countries across four continents. They also have codeshare agreements with 35 other airlines.
Turkish Airlines Holidays and Vacations
Have you met Wingo? Wingo is the adventurous graylag of Turkish Airlines located on their website where you will be able to view announcements of all promotional flights being offered by Turkish Airlines. Sign up for their newsletters and you will be kept informed of these special deal offers. There are special flight offers to many parts of the world including main locations in Africa, Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and of course, Turkey.
On Board Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines offer three types of seating arrangements; Economy, Comfort and Business Class.
Economy Class seating offers comfortable seating that includes a total recline of 7.5 inches when the base is moved forward an additional 1.5 inches. Being able to move the base forward or back allows passengers for more leg room and an adjustable foot rest. The headrest also can extend a maximum of 5 inches. There is also a power jack and a personal USB port at the seat for laptops and other devices. Meals and refreshments are served on all flights depending on the duration, destination and type of aircraft carrier.
The award winning Comfort Class are Premium Economy seating that have wider seats of 19.5 inches and a full seat recline at 8.8 inches and adjustable leg rests for maximum comfort. Included is media connection and power supply located at the center console. Personal TV monitor screens are 10.6 inches wide. Meal tables are located at the armrest and can also serve as a working table for laptops. Each seat has its own individual reading light. Special and unique meals are served on long haul flights that include restaurant quality meals with fresh ingredients and vegetable, including a dessert, fruit and cheese.
On board entertainment is offered through their newest Planet Audio/Video on Demand where passengers have access to a wide range of entertainment from 350 choices of children’s programs to classic movies, documentaries and more. Radio stations are also available featuring a wide range of music styles from some 600 albums.
Turkish Airlines Business Class Flights
Business Class seating is wide and comfortable. When fully reclined in the bed position the seat become 75 inches long. The seats also feature controls for position selections and even a massage control function. Reading lights are located under the under the armrest. Power supply is provided for laptops and other devices. The arm rest also serves as a privacy screen and controlled by the touch of a button. A large table is located also at the center of the console. It has the ability to move back and forth and swivel for maximum comfort positioning. The same type of Planet digital system through Audio/Video on Demand is offered as on all other flights and seating classes. Rich and high quality meals are served on the Business Class created by special “Flying Chefs”. Taste above the cloud meals and hospitality. Hot drinks are served along with the famous Turkish coffee and Turkish Delights.
Turkish Airlines Lounges
CIP Lounges are available to meet the needs of guest arriving or departing at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The arriving lounge has a seating capacity of 38 while the departing lounge seats 500.
The arrival lounge can be used by Business Class travelers on international flights operated by Turkish Airlines and Miles & Smiles Elite Plus members traveling on Economy or Comfort Class.
The departure lounge can be used by Business Class travelers on international flights operated by Turkish Airlines, Miles & Smiles Elite and Elite Plus members, Star Alliance First and Business Class travelers on flights operated by the Star Alliance member airlines and Star Alliance Gold members.
Both facilities offer Free Wi-Fi and the use of printers and computers, media wall, newspapers and magazines, and a wide selection of food and beverages. However the Departure lounge offers a prayer room, separate massage room and playroom for children. They also have beautiful shower facilities for travelers to freshen up
Their frequent flier program Miles & Smiles can be earned and used on Turkish Airlines’ flights as well as flights operated throughout the Star Alliance network as well as flights operated by Lufthansa Airlines.
Booking Your Flights with Turkish Airlines
Booking your flights is simple by visiting www.turkishairlines.com . Don’t forget to check out Wingo by simply clicking on the flight destinations tab and you’ll be taken to their offers. As they state, “Wherever your go, it’s easier with Wingo.”
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