Turkish Airlines is one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and is currently the fourth biggest in Europe. The company is a member of Star Alliance, a leading international airline alliance. Istanbul, the geographically ideally placed hub, offers excellent connections to the Near and Middle East, Central Asia, the Indian sub-continent as well as to the Far East and Africa. The innovative Comfort Class, which fills the gap between the economy and business classes, has been available on long-haul flights since October 2010.
Turkish Airlines offers both international operating groups and small and medium-sized companies an attractive corporate customer programme with its “Turkish Corporate Club” – partners benefit from discounted ticket prices, increased baggage allowances and numerous other advantages for their employees.
Currently Turkish Airlines serves over 220 destinations in almost 100 countries. As for Germany, Turkish Airlines operates flights to Turkey from 12 different cities – a success story that began with the first flight to Frankfurt in 1960. Together with its Star Alliance partners, Turkish Airlines today offers more than 21,000 flights daily to over 1,300 destinations in almost 200 countries around the globe.
With an average aircraft age of less than six years, Turkish Airlines’ fleet is one of the world’s youngest. At the start of 2010 Turkish Airlines ordered, contrary to the trend within the aviation industry, 40 short and medium-haul Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 NG (Next Generation) jets. At the moment Turkish Airlines operates a total of 202 airplanes and recently ordered further medium-haul planes from Airbus.
In 2007, Turkish Airlines received a four-star rating from the independent Skytrax institute. Three years later in 2010 the airline won the prize for Best Catering Economy Class. At the 2011 and 2012 Skytrax World Airline Awards, Turkish Airlines was honoured in three categories: in addition to the Best Airline Europe distinction it was also given the award for the world’s best Premium Economy Class Seat. Turkish Airlines was also named Best Airline Southern Europe for the third consecutive year. Skytrax evaluates airline service and quality standards and in doing so it uses up to 750 different parameters.