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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 hub in Istanbul — operated by the carrier's Airbus A330 aircraft, configured with Business and Economy classes seating 250 passengers. TK 196 — the outbound service to Xi'an — leaves…

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…

Turkish Continues Efforts to Keep Istanbul as a Global Hub

Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier for Turkey, flies to more countries than any other airline in the world. With destinations in over 110 nations, the airline continues its efforts to make Istanbul a global hub for travel to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. However, unlike some global airlines,…

How the U.S. Visa Ban Could Create Issues for Turkish…

As announced last week, there will no longer be visa services between the United States and Turkey, effectively creating a travel ban between the two nations for both U.S. and Turkish citizens. Despite these measures, Turkish Airlines said that this visa spat will not affect passengers transiting in Istanbul, which…