Turkish Airlines has its main hubs situated at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Esenboğa International Airport and Sabiha Gökcen International Airport in Turkey, and you can also find main hubs in Nigeria located in Abuja, Kano and Lagos. Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and operates under the guidance of CEO, Temel Kotil. Current subsidiaries of Turkish Airlines include Sun Express, AnadoluJet and Turkish Technic.
History of Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines commenced operations as a carrier for the Ministry of National Defense in Turkey in 1933. The airline’s initial fleet consisted of 5 small aircraft seating no more than 10 passengers. Turkish Airlines remained a predominantly domestic carrier until early 1960. In the 1980’s and 1990’s the airline gained a poor reputation due to customer service issues, several hijackings and a variety of accidents. In an attempt to salvage the airline, the government proceeded with a revamp of it in 1983. The airline began acquiring new aircraft and flying international routes in the 90s. By 2013, Turkish airlines was offering flights to 199 international destinations and 42 domestic destinations.
As of June 2016, Turkish Airlines flies to 290 destinations across 115 countries. The airline also has codeshare agreements with over 45 different airlines to expand their reach. Passengers can fly from almost anywhere in the world both to and from Lagos, Abuja and Kano located in Nigeria.
On Board Entertainment
All Turkish Airlines aircraft provide passengers with access to an in-flight entertainment system that offers hundreds of games, music, movies, audio books, television programs and dedicated kid’s entertainment. The “communication” feature of the system allows passengers to send and receive SMS texts and emails while in flight, which can be paid for with a credit card on board. Special meals can be arranged on request, but all long haul passengers receive a free meal and beverages.
Cabin & Flight Classes
Turkish Airline’s economy class passengers are provided with a 78cm seat with 15cm recline functionality. In-seat power supply is provided for laptops and other electronic devices along with a USB and Ethernet port.
Business class passengers have access to an extensive dining menu. The entertainment system offers 350 videos from various genres, 600 CD albums, radio stations, multiple player game stations, kid’s channel and audio book channel. Business class passengers can also send and receive emails and text messages from their seats, which includes a 188cm ottoman to create a full flat bed when the seat is in recline position. All seats include massage feature and privacy screen. Private reading lights are located in the seat arm rests.
Economy class passengers are allowed 20kg checked in baggage for domestic flights and 25kg checked in baggage for international flights.
Business class passengers are allowed 30kg of checked in baggage for both domestic and international flights.
All hand luggage may not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 23cm dimensions and can weigh no more than 8kg.
The 2017 Fleet
Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 331 aircraft as of July 2016 as follows:
- Airbus A319-100: 14 units in service
- Airbus A320-200: 29 units in service
- Airbus A321-200: 63 units in service
- Airbus A330-200: 20 units in service
- Airbus A330-300: 30 units in service
- Airbus A340-300: 4 units in service
- Boeing 737-700: 1 unit in service
- Boeing 737-800: 109 units in service
- Boeing 737-900ER: 15 units in service
- Boeing 737-300ER: 32 units in service
- Embraer ERJ-195: 3 units in service
Turkish Airlines currently operates 10 cargo aircraft that service 52 destinations.
Rewards / Frequent Flyer Program
Turkish Airlines offers the “Miles & Smiles” frequent flyer program. The program was introduced in 2000 and offers passengers the opportunity to earn points on flights booked that are operated by any of the Star Alliance members. The rewards of Miles & Smiles correspond with those of the Star Alliance card members. Prior to 2000, Turkish Airlines belonged to the Qualiflyer frequent flyer program which has since been discontinued.
Contact Turkish Airlines in Nairobi, Kenya
THY Sales Office – Nairobi
Address: MAMANGINA STREET, INTERNATIONAL LIFE HOUSE
Turkish Airlines in the News
A Turkish military coup attempted on 15th of July 2016 recently resulted in over 190 Turkish Airlines flights from Istanbul being cancelled. At the same time, US Federal Aviation Administration ensured all flights flying into Istanbul or from Istanbul into the USA were suspended. The coup has resulted in a massive backlog of Turkish Airlines flights.
Turkish Airlines has been chosen for the “Europe’s Best Airline” award for the 6th consecutive year. The award was given to Turkish Airlines at the recent 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Surveys were carried out at over 550 airports, resulting in Turkish Airlines being selected a winner!