Briefly about Turkish Airlines:
On 20.05.1933 Turkish Airlines was established as an arm of the Ministry of National Defense under the name "State Airlines Administration". The first fleet consisted of two King Bird (five-seater), two Junkers F-13 (four-seater) and one 1 ATH-9 (ten-seater) aircraft.
In 1947 it operated its first international flight from Ankara to Athens via Istanbul.
On 01.04.2008 Turkish Airlines joined the world's largest family of airlines, "Star Alliance".
As from 03.02.2017 49,12% of the company is owned by the Turkish Wealth Fund Management CO and the rest of the shares are on free float except 1 C Group share, which belongs to the Republic Of Turkey Prime Ministry Privatization Administration.
For over ten years, Turkish Airlines has stupendously increased its number of carried passengers. 10.4 million passenger were carried in 2003, and this rose to 29.1 million, 32.6 million, 39 million and 48.3 million passengers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, respectively. In 2014, an impressive period of growth saw this number rise to around 55 million. The number of passengers carried in 2015 was 61.2 million, and in 2016 this increased to 62.8 million, and reached to 68.6 million by the end of 2017.
What are Turkish Airlines' quality goals?
Opening the doors of the world to its passengers with its 304 destinations, Turkish Airlines' quality goals are so clear; to bring the passenger experience to a new level with its ever-expanding fleet, the location of its Istanbul hub that allows for one stop connections between virtually any two cities on earth and the rich cultural heritage which helped to form the basis of its award-winning service. Its enhanced strategy is to make passengers feel special and valued throughout their travel by developing new innovations at each stage of travel, offering them pleasant surprises and bringing them a diverse and memorable travel experience.
What's next for Turkish Airlines?
Flying to more international destinations and countries across the world than any other airline, Turkish Airlines takes its strength from its ever-expanding fleet, the significant position of Istanbul as an international transfer hub and the cultural diversity, and with that strength the carrier is permanently seeking to take the flight experience to a whole new level. In keeping with the brand's motto, "Widen Your World", Turkish Airlines aims to make passengers feel valued and special while enable them to see the whole world, and surprise them through its innovative services at every stage of their journey.
What new Turkish Airlines routes will be starting in 2018
Turkish Airlines who recently launched Freetown (Sierra Leone), Samarkand (Uzbekistan), Aqaba (Jordan), Krasnodar (Russia), and Moroni (Union of the Comoros) flights in 2018, is also planning to add some destinations as Marrakech (Morocco), and Palermo (Italy) to its ever-expanding network within this year.
A significant number of new routes have been added to the flight network. Generally, how full are the flights?
At the end of 2017, load factor was 79.1%.
In addition to this, during January-April 2018, increase in demand and total number of passengers was 21% and 24%, respectively, over the same period of last year. Total number of passengers reached to 23 million. The total Load Factor improved by 5.8 points up to 81.2%. While international Load Factor increased by 6 points up to 81%, domestic load factor went up by approximately 4 points to 86%.
Furthermore, the seat occupancy rates on newly launched routes are at the levels that we're satisfied with. Before Turkish Airlines opens a new route, a long process of research and evaluation takes place at first. It's not just the commercial value that taken into consideration when launching a new route, but Turkish Airlines’ primary mission at this point to reach every corner of the globe to be the Turkey's ambassador brand in those destinations.
Turkish Airlines fleet
Having one of the Europe's youngest fleets with an average age of 8, Turkish Airlines has a total of 325 aircraft, of which 215 are narrow, 92 are wide bodies, and 18 are freighter.
We will continue to grow in line with our 2023 targets with the energy of our new airport. We aim to increase our aircraft number to over 500 in 2023, and continue our works in this regard.
With new wide body aircrafts we have recently ordered in last months, 6, 14, 10, 12, 11, 7 of them will be delivered respectively in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. We’ll take delivery of not only those wide bodies but also 167 new generation narrow bodies to our fleet as beginning from this June.
Along with the development of our fleet, we will be keeping our flag flying in new markets, increasing our frequency depth, and carrying our connection quality even higher.