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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 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 Starts Service to Xi’an, China

On Dec. 30 2019, Turkish Airlines officially added Xi'an in China to its list of destinations following its inaugural service to the city. Xi'an becomes the Star Alliance carrier's fourth destination in mainland China and its 318th worldwide. The city benefits from three flights per week from the airline's main…

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…

Europe Reacts to the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8…

Following the devastating crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on Sunday, multiple airlines and aviation authorities have announced groundings of and restrictions to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Here, we round up which airlines have taken the decision to voluntarily ground its fleets and which authorities have taken action into…

Turkish Airlines Announces Record Nine Month Profit, Begins Operations from…

Turkish Airlines reported this week that in the first nine months of 2018 they have achieved a net profit of $755 million, a 300 percent increase versus the same period of 2017. The airline has made significant gains in most of the metrics used to measure airline performance. Revenue rose by…

Looking to Istanbul’s New Airport

The opening of Istanbul's new mega-airport, meant to help alleviate the difficulties that have arisen from operating the current Ataturk Airport at full capacity, has been plagued with difficulties and delays as the initial stage passes three and a half years of construction. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened…

Turkish Airlines Reaches Record Load Factor, Shows Continued Support for…

Turkish Airlines recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic from July, which has proven to be the highest July load factor in the airline's history. The load factor reached 85.3 percent, with the total number of passengers carried increasing by four percent to 7.8 million. This includes a…

Turkish Airlines Plans to Use New Airport to Expand

Turkish Airlines is looking to grow and plans to do so using Istanbul's new airport. According to CEO Bilal Eksi, Turkish Airlines will use the new airport's increased handling capacity to expand its network coverage in Asia and North America. The airline is currently restricted due to capacity constraints at Istanbul's Ataturk…