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A Turkish Airlines 787-9 at Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Turkish Airlines Announces Deep Pay Cuts to Avoid Forced Layoffs

Turkish Airlines announced that it will implement pay cuts to protect employment and reduce its cash outflow in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes after the airline announced that the Labor Union did not respond to the airline’s offer and its expectations and calls for reconciliation remained unanswered. As of August 1, wages specified in the 25th period collective agreement covering the 2016-2018 period will be paid, meaning wages will not be paid under the 26th labor…

Turkish Airlines Becomes Leader of Europe’s Skies in June

According to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), Istanbul-based carrier Turkish Airlines became the airline with the most flights in Europe, completing 400 out of 8226 flights performed on June 17. “It is the first time Turkish Airlines has had 400 flights since March 20 and…

Turkish Airlines Won’t Lay Off Employees for Two Years

Turkish Airlines announced it will resist layoffs and protect their skilled labor until the end of 2021, when it expects the aviation industry to return to pre-pandemic operation levels. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, airlines are conducting reviews to reduce their fleet size and replace aging aircraft with more efficient new…

Turkish Airlines Reaches 737 MAX Compensation Deal with Boeing

Turkish Airlines has reached a deal with Boeing regarding compensation for the financial impacts brought upon by the grounding of the MAX, according to Fox Business. The airline did not specify the amount of the deal, but a Turkish newspaper has reported that the deal includes $150 million USD in…

Turkish Airlines Launches New Route to Rovaniemi, Finland

The first scheduled service to Rovaniemi, Finland by a European airline from outside of the European Union started earlier this week as Turkish Airlines launched its operations to the city from its hub in Istanbul. The airline, which flies to more countries than any other in the world, started operations…

Turkish Airlines to Launch Flights to Xi’an

Turkish Airlines is celebrating its 20th anniversary of operating flights to China by adding the city of Xi'an to its route network. The airline - which already serves Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - is to become the second European airline to fly to Xi'an by the end of this year…

Turkish Airlines: An Airline to Watch at the Crossroads of…

Behind a great airline, there is usually a great airport, but great airports also need a great airline. It is not by coincidence that Turkey built an impressive new airport as the country clearly has an impressive national airline that will bring in traffic and revenue. Turkish Airlines is an…

Turkish Airlines Adds Bali to Its Boeing 787 Network

Turkish Airlines, who flies to more countries than any other airline, has started its nonstop flights between its main hub in Istanbul and the world-famous Indonesian holiday island of Bali. The first flight, numbered TK066, was operated by one of the airline's brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, carrying an…

Turkish Airlines Plans to Open Five Lounges at Istanbul’s New…

Following the completion of the “Great Move” to its brand new home base, Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines has announced that it will open five passenger lounges at Istanbul’s new airport available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles Elite & Elite Plus, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers. Three…

Istanbul Set to Officially Move Airports on April 5

Istanbul‘s new mega airport finally appears ready to launch into full operating capacity. Several Turkish media outlets are reporting that operations from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) will be moving to Istanbul Airport (ISL) on April 5. While this represents another minor deviation from the previously targeted move by early March…