Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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  • IATA Code = TK
  • Ticket Code: n/a
  • Hubs: Lissabon Istanbul (IST)
  • Headquarters: Istanbul (IST), Turkey
  • Airline Alliance: Star Alliance
  • Frequent flyer program: Miles&Smiles
  • Contact: Turkish Airlines Contact

About Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, was founded in Ankara on 20 May 1933 as “State Airlines Administration,” under the direction of the Ministry of Defence. In 1955, it was restructured into “Turkish Airlines.” 25% of the company was sold via an SPO under a privatisation programme in 2005, and today, 50.9% of the company shares are public, while the rest remain state-owned.[1]

In 2008, Turkish Airlines expanded its fleet with a new generation of aircraft, bringing the total fleet size to 127. The cargo fleet increased to four aircraft with conversion of two A310 passenger airplanes. Turkish Airlines also enlarged its flight network in Turkey with the addition of Anadolu Jet aircraft to its fleet. The total fleet of 123 passenger and 4 cargo planes has become younger, with an average age of 6 years, and total seat capacity of 22,238.[2]

Anadolu Jet, founded as a sister brand of Turkish Airlines based in Ankara, began flight services on April 23, 2008. Through Anadolu Jet, Turkish Airlines has advanced a new and different concept of air travel and greatly expanded its domestic flight network. The launching of Anadolu Jet is an important development for Turkish Airlines, creating commercial value, bringing the benefits of air travel to the broader public through the national carrier, and contributing to the overall development of aviation.[3]

Anadolu Jet began its operations with five Boeing 737 aircraft, and subsequently increased its fleet to six aircraft by June and seven aircraft by September. Throughout 2008, Anadolu Jet has steadily expanded its number of routes, flight frequencies and passenger capacity. In 2008, Anadolu Jet carried 1.7 million passengers with a load factor of 82%, and it aims to continue increasing the number of its Ankara-based flights and steadily introduce air travel to an expanding market. The launch on September 4, 2008 of flights between Hatay and Lefkosa, which have served 16,000 passengers at a load factor of 70.4%, was one of Anadolu Jet’s biggest successes of the year.[4]

Frequent flyer program

In 2008, Turkish Airlines became a member of the world’s largest airline alliance – the Star Alliance. Now, Miles&Smiles members are able to earn miles, spend miles, and use the CIP lounges of Star Alliance members Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, BMI, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, Swiss, TAP Portugal, Thai, United, US Airways, Air China, Egyptair, Shanghai Airlines, Adria Airways, Blu1, and Croatia Airlines.[5]

Through its discount miles promotions, Turkish Airlines has both supported new routes and given its Miles&Smiles members access to new opportunities. In collaboration with its partners, Turkish Airlines’ periodic promotions include discounts on car rentals and hotel accommodations and double miles programs, and members are informed of these opportunities via e-mail, the Skylife magazine and our website.[6]

Turkish Airlines has provided its Miles&Smiles members with an incentive to use frequent flier miles by allowing the use of Miles&Smiles miles towards Anadolu Jet flights. As a measure aimed at improving service quality and increasing privileges for members, our website and Call Center also now have begun processing frequent flier awards. Thus, members will no longer need to apply directly to Turkish Airlines sales offices for their ticket awards.[7]


Airbus A340 Airbus A332 Airbus A321 Airbus A320
Airbus A319 Airbus A310 Boeing B737-400 As of January 2010[8]

See also:


  1. http://www.staralliance.com/en/about/airlines/turkish-airlines/
  2. http://www.thy.com/en-INT/corporate/about_us/index.aspx
  3. http://www.thy.com/en-INT/corporate/about_us/index.aspx
  4. http://wwwdownload.thy.com/download/investor_relations/annual_reports/2008_Faaliyet_Raporu_en.pdf
  5. http://www.staralliance.com/en/about/airlines/turkish-airlines/
  6. http://wwwdownload.thy.com/download/investor_relations/annual_reports/2008_Faaliyet_Raporu_en.pdf
  7. http://wwwdownload.thy.com/download/investor_relations/annual_reports/2008_Faaliyet_Raporu_en.pdf
  8. http://www.thy.com/en-INT/corporate/about_us/fleet/index.aspx

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