Turkey |December 27, 2016– (MENAFN Press) Turkish Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) advanced eX1 inflight entertainment and communications (IFEC) system and Global Communication Services for its new fleet of narrow body aircraft.

eX1 solution is an advanced narrowbody IFE system. Its uncompromising industrial design, high-definition display technologies and high fidelity audio create a home theater atmosphere that draws passengers into an immersive entertainment experience.

The system will include Panasonic’s unique Passenger Data Integration (PDI) service, which will allow Turkish Airlines to add higher levels of personalization to its inflight experience. PDI will also allow Turkish Airlines to seamlessly recognize the travel preferences of their guests and recommend content, services and specific amenities that will enhance their experience both in flight and in their destination city.
PDI will leverage a custom-designed Companion App that will enable passengers to securely pair their mobile device to the IFEC system and personalize and enhance their entertainment experience through capabilities that include custom playlists and a second screen environment.

The onboard experience will also include high-speed, global Wi-Fi and multiple channels of live television, enabled by Panasonic’s Global Communications Services. It is the only worldwide inflight connectivity service operating in every country in the world today. Turkish Airlines passengers will be able to use the service to remain connected to their friends, families, co-workers though high speed access to the Internet, social media platforms, corporate VPN networks and more. Passengers will also receive Live Text News customized for Turkish Airlines by Anadolu Agency (AA), a leading Turkish News Agency.

The television service, which is unique to Turkish Airlines will feature TRT World Turkish News Channel — a new channel from Turkey’s national public broadcaster, TRT, which broadcasts balanced, in-depth reporting with a focus on global responsibility. It will also offer eight additional global channels including Sport 24. Sport 24, which is owne and operated by IMG, offers live coverage of the world’s most popular sporting events. In 2016, the channel showed live action from the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, Premier League, NFL, UEFA Champions League, NBA, Tennis Grand Slams, Bundesliga, Golf Majors, MotoGP and the Ryder Cup. Panasonic Avionics is the only authorized distributor of Sport 24 to the air transport market.

Turkish Airlines’ new state-of-the-art inflight entertainment, global high-speed Wi-Fi and live television services will be available on 92 Airbus A321 NEOs-ACF, 65 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 10 Boeing 737 MAX 9s. As part of the contract, Turkish Airlines has the option to equip the last 45 aircraft with its own direct affiliate’s IFE system, pending line fit offer ability.
As part of the strategic partnership agreement, Panasonic will establish a Media Center and creative services team at Istanbul’s new airport until the first operation in this airport takes place, which will service Turkish Airlines exclusively. The facility is designed to fulfill the airline’s content and software needs with racks to support media, interactive development and applications.

M. lker Ayc, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, said: “We needed a solution which is not only capable of providing a reliable system, but also able to truly immerse inflight experience to our passengers. With this additional support of Panasonic Avionics we will continue to offer the seamless flight experience to our valued passengers. The personalized interface designed for an optimal viewing experience combined with the industry’s largest library of games, audio, and video is what made eX1 a proper decision for our flag carrier in this regard.”

Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, added: “Our partnership with Turkish Airlines is a long term, strategic relationship. We are thrilled to extend our investment with both Turkish Airlines and the Turkish economy, and we look forward to having a close collaboration with them on the products and services that will help in supporting them achieve their 2023 objectives.”

  • Company marks 10 years of service to airlines from Europe to Far East.

Turkey | May 26, 2016– Turkish Technic, the leading aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider to the aviation industry, today announces the tenth anniversary of the company’s founding. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic was formally established on May 23, 2006, and has achieved a steady growth since its establishment.

The roots of Turkish Technic go back to the founding of Turkish Airlines. In 1957, the journey started with maintenance of three DC-3 aircraft, within the fleet of 28. During this initial period the company has grown and added over 15 aircraft types to its maintenance and overhaul capabilities. Since the establishment, Turkish Technic, one-stop-MRO, expanded its capacity with 6 new hangars, located in various cities of Turkey.

“Turkish Technic is proud of its ten-year track record of MRO services and sustained profitability throughout the many changes in the economic and political changes in the region.” said Ahmet Karaman, General Manager of Turkish Technic. ”At the same time we are forward-focused on the next decade and have significant investment plans such as new facilities at İGA (Istanbul Grand Airport). We as Turkish Technic are thankful to our a vast number of customers. We look forward to continuing to serve the aviation industry and to our valued customers with a continuous improvement of comprehensive services.”

Today Turkish Technic family, consisting of TCI, TSI, TEC and Goodrich Turkish Technic Services that manufacture aircraft seats, galleys and provides engine and turbine services.

Turkey | March 2016– The Wireless Inflight Entertainment System, “SKYFE”, developed jointly by HAVELSAN and TURKISH TECHNIC has won the Turkish Airlines tender. According to the results of the tender, 44 airplanes of Turkish Airlines will fly with the first “Made in Turkey” IFE System, SKYFE.

The Wireless Inflight Entertainment System, SKYFE, developed within the scope of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN is now in the sky… Turkish Airlines, flying to more points than any other airlines in the world, and a Star Alliance member, will have 44 of its airplanes equipped with SKYFE.

The Turkish Airlines tender, where Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN participated jointly, was won with two important IFE products: Wireless Inflight Entertainment System and Tablet Based Inflight Entertainment System. According to the results of the tender, Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN partnership crossed the finish line ahead of seven other firms. The tender was won with the participation of two family products, the Wireless Inflight Entertainment System known as SKYFE‐W and the Tablet Based Inflight Entertainment System known as SKYFE‐T.

Targeting to be a strong brand name among Wireless Inflight Entertainment systems with innovative design and the advantages it provides, SKYFE‐W is demonstrating a successful performance even during the certification process

completed in a short period. The Inflight Entertainment System, is one of the services that is emphasized by many airlines in recent years in order to increase passenger satisfaction, and the SKYFE‐W, presents an innovative approach with passengers able to download applications from the platforms such as Google Play and Apple Store to their own personal electronic devices (tablets, laptops, smart mobile phones) during preflight and access wireless entertainment system which provides Audio and Video on Demand, Flight Map, Electronic Publications, Surveys and other services during the flight.
The SKYFE‐T System, in particular on flights where Inflight Entertainment System is not available, provides an entertainment service to Business Class passengers by providing high resolution tablets. With the preloaded tablets (films, music, magazines, documentary, surveys etc.), Business Class passengers will have a special entertainment opportunity with high video quality. The SKYFE‐T System, when used on airplane with the Wireless Inflight Entertainment System (SKYFE‐W), will automatically connect to the existing server on the airplane will access a 1.8 Tbyte media content while at the same time provide access to maps and flight information (height, speed exterior temperature etc.).

Selected as the ʺBest Airline Company in Europeʺ* for five years in a row, Turkish Airlines, by providing a unique opportunity with SKYFE as the perfect entertainment in inflight experience for its passengers, is able to install the system in its Boeing 737 airplane and continues its activities to install the system in its Airbus A320 airplane family.

Turkey | March 2016– The Wireless Inflight Entertainment System, “SKYFE”, developed jointly by HAVELSAN and TURKISH TECHNIC has won the Turkish Airlines tender. According to the results of the tender, 44 airplanes of Turkish Airlines will fly with the first “Made in Turkey” IFE System, SKYFE.

The Wireless Inflight Entertainment System, SKYFE, developed within the scope of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN is now in the sky… Turkish Airlines, flying to more points than any other airlines in the world, and a Star Alliance member, will have 44 of its airplanes equipped with SKYFE.

The Turkish Airlines tender, where Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN participated jointly, was won with two important IFE products: Wireless Inflight Entertainment System and Tablet Based Inflight Entertainment System. According to the results of the tender, Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN partnership crossed the finish line ahead of seven other firms. The tender was won with the participation of two family products, the Wireless Inflight Entertainment System known as SKYFE‐W and the Tablet Based Inflight Entertainment System known as SKYFE‐T.

Targeting to be a strong brand name among Wireless Inflight Entertainment systems with innovative design and the advantages it provides, SKYFE‐W is demonstrating a successful performance even during the certification process completed in a short period. The Inflight Entertainment System, is one of the services that is emphasized by many airlines in recent years in order to increase passenger satisfaction, and the SKYFE‐W, presents an innovative approach with passengers able to download applications from the platforms such as Google Play and Apple Store to their own personal electronic devices (tablets, laptops, smart mobile phones) during preflight and access wireless entertainment system which provides Audio and Video on Demand, Flight Map, Electronic Publications, Surveys and other services during the flight.

The SKYFE‐T System, in particular on flights where Inflight Entertainment System is not available, provides an entertainment service to Business Class passengers by providing high resolution tablets. With the preloaded tablets (films, music, magazines, documentary, surveys etc.), Business Class passengers will have a special entertainment opportunity with high video quality. The SKYFE‐T System, when used on airplane with the Wireless Inflight Entertainment System (SKYFE‐W), will automatically connect to the existing server on the airplane will access a 1.8 Tbyte media content while at the same time provide access to maps and flight information (height, speed exterior temperature etc.).

Selected as the ʺBest Airline Company in Europeʺ* for five years in a row, Turkish Airlines, by providing a unique opportunity with SKYFE as the perfect entertainment in inflight experience for its passengers, is able to install the system in its Boeing 737 airplane and continues its activities to install the system in its Airbus A320 airplane family.

  • Repeat order for A321neo confirms market trend for larger models

France | December 1, 2015– Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flagship airline, has firmed-up a commitment for the purchase of 20 additional A321neo aircraft. The airline already has 72 A321neo on order and is now again renewing its confidence in the A321neo as the aircraft of choice to boost its expansion.

“As one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, our ambitious growth strategy needs to be fully supported by only the most efficient, reliable and profitable aircraft,” said Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. “This order for 20 more A321neo will help us achieve our expansion plans in a profitable and sustainable manner.”

“We are extremely happy that Turkish Airlines has renewed its confidence in the A321neo, the largest member of our best-selling A320neo Family. The A321neo will not only meet but fully exceed the airline’s expectations in terms of operational efficiency, profitability and passenger appeal,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Dubai, UAE | November 11, 2015– Rockwell Collins has been selected by Turkish Airlines to provide its EP-8100 visual system for the airline’s Boeing Next Generation 737, Airbus A320 and Airbus A330 full flight simulators. The agreement includes the option for additional visual system upgrades for legacy platforms.

“This agreement marks a first for Turkish Airlines, as it brings the highly realistic capabilities of our newest EP-8100 visual system and laser illuminated projection system to its training operations,” said LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager, Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins.

“We’re pleased to receive the Rockwell Collins’ EP-8100 visual system for our Boeing Next Generation 737, A320 and Airbus A330 full-flight simulators. We believe that this system will improve the efficiency of our existing flight training capabilities,” said Levent Konukcçu, senior vice president, Investment Management for Turkish Airlines.

The EP-8100’s open, scalable architecture makes it possible to add new features and enhancements throughout the life of the system. By maintaining control over the hardware portion of the image generator, it keeps hardware replacement costs manageable over the life of the system.

The Rockwell Collins visual system raises the bar for realistic and affordable pilot training. The seamlessly integrated combination of the new laser-phosphor projectors with the EP-8100 image generator offers unmatched performance, which meets or exceeds all current worldwide regulatory commercial flight training requirements.

  • Renewed confidence in the aircraft to boost growth

Toulouse, France | March 9, 2015– Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for the purchase of four A330-200F freighter aircraft. Operated by Turkish Cargo, a brand of Turkish Airlines, the additional aircraft will help to further boost the company’s expansion in the cargo market. Turkish Airlines already operates five A330-200F, and the additional order will enable them to quickly meet the growing cargo market demand.

“The A330-200F freighter aircraft have demonstrated outstanding operational reliability and performance for our cargo transport operations. It is with this in mind that we chose to expand our freighter fleet with more A330-200F,” said Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. “

“A prestigious customer like Turkish Airlines ordering the A330-200F for the third time shows a real vote of confidence in this aircraft to help further develop their cargo business,“ said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “The A330 Family is the most versatile family of aircraft on the market and the A330-200F is no exception, being the most flexible, reliable and cost-efficient freighter”

Turkish Airlines operates the largest Airbus fleet in the country with a total of 139 Airbus aircraft in service. These include 91 single aisle aircraft, two A310 freighters, 17 A330-200, 18 A330-300, five A330-200F and six A340s.

Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings.

The A330-200F is capable of carrying a payload of 65 to 70 tonnes, with a range of up to 4,000 nautical miles. With unit costs similar to larger freighters, it is the ideal aircraft for opening new routes and developing networks with minimum risk. The technologically advanced design and continuous improvements since the programme launch make the A330-200F today’s most modern and efficient mid-size freighter.

  • Turkish flag carrier now has 65 orders for the 737 MAX

Istanbul | June 16, 2014/PRNewswire/– Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Turkish Airlines today finalized an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices. The order follows the announcement in May 2013 when the Turkish flag carrier placed the largest Boeing order in the airline’s history for 50 737 MAXs and 20 Next-Generation 737s.

“Today’s order represents another component of our continuous growth strategy, with the 737 MAX providing Turkish Airlines with increased flexibility across our ever expanding network,” said Dr. Ahmet Bolat, chief investment and technology officer of Turkish Airlines. “Our strong partnership with Boeing has been a significant factor in Turkish Airlines’ success and we look forward to taking delivery of these highly efficient airplanes.”

With today’s announcement, Turkish Airlines has more than 100 unfilled orders for Boeing airplanes; 65 737 MAXs, more than 25 Next-Generation 737s and 20 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The Istanbul-based carrier currently operates a fleet of more than 100 Next-Generation 737s and 15 777-300ERs.

“With a fleet of more than 100 Next-Generation 737s, Turkish Airlines has experienced firsthand what the capabilities this family of airplanes has to offer,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX is the most advanced single-aisle offering and today’s order for additional airplanes underlines Turkish Airlines’ confidence in the efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort of the 737 MAX.”

The 737 MAX has surpassed 2,000 orders from 41 customers, bringing the most advanced engine technologies to the world’s best-selling airplane, building on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow’s competition.

Turkish Airlines currently serves 254 cities in 106 countries around the world from its base at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

Aircraft Interiors Middle East (Dubai) | February 5, 2014–

Thales, leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) and Turkish Airlines, flag carrier of the Republic of Turkey and member of the Star Alliance, announce the Thales TopSeries AVANT in-flight entertainment system has been officially selected on board 25 of its A321 and 20 of its B737 aircraft.

Turkish Airlines is the world’s largest carrier by number of destinations and enjoys an average fleet age of just over 6 years, well below all its main European peers. The carrier achieved a huge 23.6% growth in 2013 with over 50 million passengers. It utilised this success and young fleet to develop a bold and successful strategy, positioning itself as one of the top airlines for passenger comfort. As a result, SKYTRAX, the world’s premier airline review service has, for the past three consecutive years voted Turkish Airlines Europe’s best airline.

This commitment to the passenger experience is reflected in the airline’s choice to operate the latest generation, award winning Thales TopSeries AVANT IFE system. The system is easily equipped on all advanced, single and twin aisle Airbus and Boeing aircraft and its unique design eliminates the electronics box under each cabin seat therefore improving passenger comfort and driving weight efficiency, both key drivers for the single aisle segment. The system’s scalable design allows Turkish to offer differentiation between classes such as single touchscreen in economy and interactive multi-screen in business. The AVANT system is also based on the Android Operating System, which accommodates a wide range of both off-the-shelf and airline specific applications easily integrated using the unique Thales Software Developers Kit (SDK).

A further element of the selection was Turkish Airlines’ ability to use Thales’s highly experienced global service and support network to ensure optimal system performance especially in fast turnaround situations, driving maximum passenger satisfaction and comfort.

Turkish Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer Dr. Temel Kotil has stated that: “Superior service is the distinguishing mark of Turkish Airlines, separating us from our competitors. We are trying to offer our passengers the best examples of Turkish hospitality while onboard. We are aware that the in- flight services are the significant components for the satisfaction of our passengers and we continue to raise the bar. We are continuing to work on meeting the expectations of our passengers by constantly innovating to delight and surprise our guests as in this innovation. And with this new in-flight entertainment system we are convinced that we will bring an added value to the comfort of our passengers. All of these changes display the desire of Turkish Airlines to provide an unmatched travel experience.”

Commenting on the agreement, Dominique Giannoni, Chief Executive Officer of Thales’s In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC), said: “Turkish Airlines’ focus on providing passengers with an exceptional in-flight experience is reflected in both its efforts to build a solid IFE platform within single aisle aircraft whilst still providing a “wow-factor” to the passenger experience. Our AVANT solution is well positioned to bring these benefits to fruition: All classes enjoy full capacitive touchscreens in line with latest consumer technology. Premium class passengers will also enjoy the multiscreen environment provided by the award winning handheld touchscreen media unit. We are very honoured to work with Turkish Airlines on its path towards growth and excellence.”

Turkish Airlines and Thales have also agreed to a 10 year service agreement for the provision of media content support to ensure a dynamic and engaging passenger experience.

Turkish Airlines will start taking delivery of its A321 fleet in March 2015 and its’ B737 aircraft in January 2016.

Istanbul | December 18, 2013–

Turkish Airlines will install 80 new self-service check-in kiosks from SITA in three of Turkey’s busiest airports to enhance customer service for its 38 million annual passengers. With the new kiosks, SITA reaches a landmark 2,000 S3 AirportConnect kiosks delivered worldwide, bringing efficiency and flexibility to airlines, airports and passengers.

Mehmet Buyukkaytan, Senior Vice President, Ground Handling Operations, Turkish Airlines, said: “Turkish Airlines is growing at double-digit rates, while maintaining its strong reputation on service quality. SITA’s kiosks shorten aircraft turnaround time and help us optimize our resources. Most importantly, they support increasing passenger satisfaction by reducing queues and offering more flexibility to the passengers on their travel experiences.”

To celebrate the 2,000th S3 kiosk deployed globally, SITA has presented Turkish Airlines with a black kiosk specially-branded with the airline’s logo and a floor decal reading ‘2000th SITA S3 kiosk.’ The special kiosk is located at Turkish Airlines’ headquarters in Istanbul.

Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle East, India and Africa, said: “Turkish Airlines has a long history with our self-service technology, so it’s very rewarding for us to celebrate our 2,000th S3 kiosk together. The new kiosks will help the airline process more passengers more efficiently, especially during peak travel times. In fact, our studies have shown that the kiosks can help increase passenger processing speed by as much as 25%.”

Turkish Airlines has already installed approximately 70 new kiosks at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport. The airline plans to deploy 10 additional kiosks in total in Esenboğa International Airport, Ankara, and Adnan Menderes Airport, Izmir.

Turkish Airlines has now positioned itself as an important player within the global aviation community and has won a significant number of awards that reinforce this status. The airline scored a resounding success at the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards, with air travellers voting the airline as the “Best Airline in Europe” the third year running. Already having the world’s fourth largest flight network and flying to 243 destinations in 105 countries, Turkish Airlines continues to grow by adding new destinations to its expanding network.

 

Istanbul, Turkey | July 22, 2013/PRNewswire/– Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Turkish Airlines have announced an order for five 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices. The Turkish flag-carrier has exercised options on five 777-300ERs that were first announced in December 2012 as part of a previous firm order for 15 777-300ERs. Turkish Airlines now has 20 777-300ERs currently on order from Boeing.

“While having been cited as the ‘Best Airline in Europe’* for the past three years and ranking among the world’s largest airline companies with its global network, Turkish Airlines has reinforced its position and energy with significant investments and growth figures as it continues to expand,” said Ph.D. Temel Kotil, chief executive officer, Turkish Airlines. “We believe that the purchase of these new aircraft — an important step in meeting the need to expand our fleet — will further develop our existing relationship with Boeing.”

Turkish Airlines’ fleet currently includes 12 777-300ERs, the first of which Boeing delivered in October 2010. In that time, the 777-300ER has played a significant role in Turkish Airlines’ incredible long-haul growth.

“In recent years, Turkish Airlines has experienced the exceptional performance of the 777-300ER first-hand, with its unsurpassed economics, reliability and passenger comfort,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It is a testament to this outstanding airplane, that one of the world’s leading carriers, Turkish Airlines, has once again selected the 777-300ER to form the core of its long-haul fleet.”

The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).

Turkish Airlines currently serves more than 220 cities in 99 countries around the world. In March 2013, the carrier received its 100th direct delivery from Boeing and currently operates Next-Generation 737s and 777-300ER jets. With today’s announcement, Turkish Airlines has more than 100 Boeing airplanes on order including Next-Generation 737s, 737 MAXs and 777-300ERs.

Istanbul, Turkey | April 8, 2013– Leading international air carrier Turkish Airlines, winner of the coveted Best European Airline Award from Skytrax for two consecutive years, announced that it has selected Lumexis Corporation’s Fiber-To-The-Screen® (FTTS) fiber optic IFEC system for installation into two of its existing A330 fleet aircraft.

Dr. Temel Kotil, President and Chief Executive of Turkish Airlines, explained that his airline seeks to offer an unequalled, highest quality passenger experience in all its cabins. “Whether cuisine, seat comfort or In-Flight Entertainment, we are always striving to improve every element of our cabin and service. We had heard good things about the Lumexis system, regarding not only its unique ability to reliably provide every passenger his or her own in-seat HD movie, but as importantly, its ultra-light installed weight. So, when these two aircraft became available on very short notice, it offered us an opportunity to evaluate the system performance while, at the same time, verifying promised weight savings and reduced fuel burn.”

“Dr. Kotil and his entire organization are strongly committed to protecting the environment” responded Douglas Cline, Lumexis CEO. “By reducing the installed weight of existing, legacy IFEC on these aircraft by more than a full metric ton, Turkish Airlines will reduce fuel burned into the atmosphere by approximately 50,000 U.S. gallons per aircraft per year. The Lumexis team is honored by the opportunity to join Turkish Airlines in not only creating a superior entertainment experience for its passengers, but also to support its efforts to significantly reduce hydrocarbon emissions from its aircraft.”

Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 215 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 221 cities around the world, comprised of 36 domestic and 185 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011”. Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the Flying Chef service on-board.

– Up to 117 A320 Family aircraft including first order for the NEO

Blagnac Cedex, France | March 15, 2013– Turkish Airlines, the largest airline in Turkey, has signed a contract for up to 117 A320 Family aircraft (25 A321ceo, 4 A320neo, 53 A321neo and options for 35 additional A321neo aircraft). This order is the largest ever placed by a Turkish carrier. The engine selection will be made at a later date.

“We are placing our biggest ever order with Airbus,” said Faruk Cizmecioglu, Chief Marketing Officer. “At Turkish Airlines our customers expect the best. The A320 Family with its economic benefits combined with superior cabin comfort will greatly contribute to meet our ambitious growth plans.”

“We are delighted with this new order from Turkish Airlines, which takes us above 2,000 NEO orders in a little over two years after launch” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. “This order confirms that the NEO is the most cost effective and profitable solution for airlines with ambitious growth plans. The 15 per cent fuel saving and the widest cabin in its class give Turkish Airlines a big competitive advantage.”

Turkish Airlines already operates 75 A320 Family aircraft. The new order will help Turkish Airlines expand their short to medium-haul routes from their Istanbul hub, while the aircraft’s commonality with their existing Airbus fleet will generate additional cost-savings.

Incorporating new engines and large Sharklet wing tip devices, the A320neo Family will deliver fuel savings of 15 percent. In addition, the A320neo Family will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise. The A320neo will enter into service from late 2015, followed by the A319neo and A321neo in 2016.

More than 9,150 A320 Family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,450 delivered to more than 385 customers and operators worldwide reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit into existing fleets while offering up to 500 nautical miles (950 kilometres) more range or two tonnes more payload at a given range.

– Efficient reliable A330 family remains the popular choice

October 9, 2012– Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 15 A330-300s, their seventh order for the A330 family of aircraft and their twentieth Airbus order overall. The aircraft will be operated on medium and long haul routes from the Turkish Airlines hub in Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines placed their first order with Airbus in 1984, and now operate 101 Airbus aircraft including 17 A330 Family aircraft.

“The efficiency, reliability and passenger appeal of our in-service A330’s make them a cornerstone of the Turkish Airlines medium and long haul operations” said Dr Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines. “The new order will allow us to continue our strategy of growth and fleet renewal with an aircraft we know to be both reliable and profitable.”

“Airbus and Turkish Airlines have a long history of partnership, and we are proud to be celebrating our twentieth order together,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers “The efficiency, reliability and comfort provided by the A330 continues to delight customers and passengers worldwide and will do so for many years to come.”

Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings. Airbus is the leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive family of airliners on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats.

The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,200 orders, with around 900 aircraft flying with some 90 operators worldwide. Ever since the original version of the A330-300 entered service, the hallmark has been its very efficient operating economics. Thanks to the introduction of numerous product improvements, it still remains the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class, and the family is achieving average dispatch reliability above 99 percent.

– New global connections available via New York, Washington, and Istanbul
– Turkish to offer three daily nonstops from New York to Istanbul this summer

NEW YORK and ISTANBUL | May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — JetBlue Airways JBLU -3.37% , New York’s Hometown Airline(TM), and Turkish Airlines, the fast growing global carrier, today announced an interline agreement to connect the carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Through this new partnership, customers will be able to transfer in either U.S. city between Turkish Airlines- and JetBlue-operated flights while enjoying one-stop ticketing and check-in plus hassle-free baggage transfer and other benefits. JetBlue offers connections to and from dozens of cities throughout the United States including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul – the most of any airline serving the market. Turkish also offers daily nonstop service between Istanbul and the U.S. capital. The carrier’s transatlantic flights are operated in the comfort of its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleet, offering travellers three classes of service, premium meal options, internet connectivity, and a wide array of personal in-flight entertainment choices.

Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown to become one of the world’s largest carriers, serving the most destinations of any European airline from a single airport. Its network touches nearly 200 cities across five continents, affording connecting travellers service throughout Europe, the Middle East, all corners of Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia Pacific. JetBlue’s new relationship with Turkish Airlines expands travel options by opening up a number of exciting new destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia that were previously unavailable through its other partner airlines.

In the United States, Turkish Airlines also serves Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue offers Turkish Airlines transfer travellers a premium experience that includes all-leather seating, unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as the most free live entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America’s youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 172 Airbus and EMBRAER aircraft.

At JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1 while JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport’s free AirTrain service. JetBlue’s Terminal 5, the newest at JFK, offers customers an impressive airport experience complete with unique retail and dining options. Learn more about T5 at http://www.jetblue.com/travel/jfk .

“Turkish Airlines has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading airlines, and we are pleased to be partnering with them during this impressive period of growth,” said JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes. “With service from Washington plus three daily flights from JFK to Istanbul and beyond, our new partnership with this respected carrier will allow JetBlue customers to travel virtually anywhere on Earth with a single ticket.”

Turkish Airlines’ Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Ahmet Bolat, Ph.D. added, “We believe that this new partnership will boost traffic between Turkey and the U.S. with JetBlue’s wide-ranging network via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. We’re very excited to bring JetBlue service to Turkish Airlines’ customers.”

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Feb. 5 / — Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), a world leading in-flight entertainment and communication (IFEC) solutions provider and AeroMobile, Panasonic’s chosen in-flight mobile technology supplier, today announced that they have been selected by Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance Member, to supply the carrier with Panasonic’s eX2 In-Flight Entertainment and Global Communications Suite product.

Panasonic offers airlines complete, integrated solutions for in-flight entertainment and connectivity. With the installation of Panasonic’s advanced eX2 In-Flight Entertainment and Global Communications Suite, Turkish Airlines’ passengers will have a full complement of in-flight entertainment and communication options available at their fingertips.

Passengers will be able to choose from a large selection of movies, television programs, music and advanced applications including:

• eXConnect: Global, true broadband connectivity to support a wide range of passenger and crew applications, such as internet access, corporate VPN, voice, data, and the ability to monitor and transmit airline operational data in real time

• eXPhone: Award-winning in-flight mobile phone service to make voice calls, send SMS text messages, or utilize data services in-flight, virtually anywhere in the world

• The Panasonic Airborne Television Network: A proprietary, dedicated network broadcasting live news, sports, financial information and special events.

Panasonic’s eX2 and Global Communications Suite solutions are being fitted on the airline’s fleet of 12 Boeing 777-300ERs and 10 Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The first aircraft is due to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Temel Kotil, President and Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Airlines, said, “We are delighted to be bringing the latest, state-of-the-art technology to our customers. Panasonic’s eX2 and Global Communications Suite will give us the ability tailor our passengers’ experiences with live broadcast TV, Wi-Fi access for laptops and PDAs, as well as the use of mobile phones.”

Since 2007 the in-flight mobile connectivity technology has been exceptionally well-received. Over one million airline passengers have now used AeroMobile services since inception. On some flights, passenger adoption rates are exceeding 40%.

“We are extremely pleased with Turkish Airlines’ selection of Panasonic’s eX2 and Global Communications Suite system for their aircraft,” said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “With this decision, Turkish Airlines will be a leader in offering its passengers an integrated in-flight entertainment and communication system that truly raises the bar for in-flight experiences.   We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the start of 2010 than to proudly announce Turkish Airlines as our newest customer for in-flight entertainment, connectivity and mobile phone services.”

Bjorn-Taale Sandberg, Chief Executive Officer of AeroMobile, said, “We are delighted to have been chosen by Turkish Airlines as a key provider in the modernisation of their fleet. This selection once again underlines that AeroMobile is the supplier of choice for the flag-carrying airlines of the world, and demonstrates the versatility and flexibility of our technology in being able to operate over Panasonic’s Ku band system.”

In 2008, Panasonic and AeroMobile won the “Best Achievement in Technology 2008” award for eXPhone from the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA).

ISTANBUL, May 06, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Turkish Airlines have signed an order for five Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes valued at $1.36 billion at current list prices. This is the first time Turkish Airlines has purchased new 777s directly from Boeing. The airline currently operates a fleet of 65 Boeing airplanes including Next-Generation 737s and leased 777-300ERs.

“The 777-300ER will provide Turkish Airlines with exceptional fuel economy, efficiency and reliability, combined with unmatched levels of payload and range,” said Aldo Basile, vice president of Sales for Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “It will also help Turkey build on its position as a rapidly growing market of international importance.”

The Boeing 777-300ER is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, greatly reducing its fuel requirement. It produces 22 percent less carbon dioxide per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. The airplane can seat up to 365 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km). The 777 family is the world’s most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Fifty-six customers around the world have ordered more than 1,100 777s.

Turkish Airlines is one of the fastest growing and prosperous airlines in the world. It carries approximately 20 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 108 international and 33 domestic destinations. The airline was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers. The airline made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947.

SEATTLE, Feb. 27, 2009 — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today received confirmation from the U.S. Embassy in Amsterdam that a third Boeing employee has been identified as among the fatalities from this week’s Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 accident in Amsterdam. Boeing extends its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. With the consent of the affected families, Boeing confirms the names and conditions of the four Boeing employees on Flight 1951. Three employees – Ronald A. Richey of Duvall, Wash., John Salman of Kent, Wash., and Ricky E. Wilson of Clinton, Wash. – died in the crash. One employee – Michael T. Hemmer of Federal Way, Wash. – was among the injured and remains hospitalized. Boeing remains committed to supporting the families of our employees through this very difficult time.