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Turkish Airlines

Date of becoming Industry Partner in AACO: 2011

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, was founded in Ankara on 20 May 1933 under the name of ‘State Airlines Administration’ and started its operations depending on the Ministry of Defence. In 1955, it was restructured into ‘Turkish Airlines’, and 25% of the company was sold under the privatisation program in 2005. Today 49.1% of the company is owned by the Privatisation Administration and the rest of the shares are on free float.


As one of the fastest-growing airlines in Europe, Turkish Airlines flies to 295 destinations (246 international and 49 domestic) with a fleet of 334 aircraft (passenger and cargo). Turkish Airlines flies to more countries in the world than any other airline (119 countries over 5 continents). The airline was ranked as a 4-star airline in 2007 and joined Star Alliance in 2008. While keeping its 4-star airline title again in 2008, Turkish Airlines was named “Best Airline in Southern Europe”. Maintaining the same momentum in 2010, Turkish Airlines continued to be recognized as the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" and “Best Catering in Economy Class” with the inflight service provided by Turkish DO & CO. The airline also took 3rd place of the best airline companies in Europe. In 2011, Turkish Airlines was chosen as the winner of the 3 categories by Skytrax; “Best Airline in Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” at the 2011 World Airline Awards. Turkish Airlines scored the same success at the 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards, with its passengers voting the airline as the "Best Airline in Europe" the second year running. It was also named by Skytrax as the winner in 3 categories, "Best Airline in Southern Europe" and "Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat" for its Comfort Class seats. In 2013, Turkish Airlines was chosen as the winner of the 3 categories by Skytrax; “Best Airline in Europe” for the third consecutive time, "Best Airline in Southern Europe" the fifth year running and was also named as the winner in the category, "Best Business Class Catering”. In 2014, the national flag carrier has been chosen "Best Airline in Europe" for the fourth year running, “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the sixth year running and awarded “Best Business Class Onboard Catering” for the second consecutive time, and also “Best Business Class Lounge Dining”. Following that, Turkish Airlines which was awarded the best in Europe again for the consecutive five years, has also been chosen “Best Airline in Southern Europe” and awarded “Best Business Class Airline Lounge”, and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” according to the 2015 Skytrax results.


When it comes to the 2016 results of Skytrax World Airline Awards, Turkish Airlines chosen as the “Best Airline in Europe” for the sixth consecutive years. It has picked up four awards in total at that year’s passenger survey; including ‘Best Airline in Europe’, Best Airline in Southern Europe’ for the eighth consecutive time, ‘Best Business Class Lounge Dining’ for the third year running and ‘Best Business Class Onboard Catering’ for the third time. The national flag carrier once again recognised as a leading player in the global airline industry. Turkish Airlines continues to consolidate its position as one of the world's leading airlines through its significant investments, prestigious award wins, impressive growth figures, large-scale aircraft orders and a continuously expanding route network.

Regional Main Contact

Name: Mr. Ali Tipi
Position: Manager, International Relations & Agreements (Europe & Alliances)
Telephone: +90 212 463 63 63 / 12319
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