Turkish Airlines adds flights from both its Istanbul bases

Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul Atatürk to Boston

Cutting the cake and doing the speeches for the inaugural service to Boston, before the dancing began were Thomas Glynn, CEO Massport along with Nihat Zekbekci, Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs. The service is the airline’s sixth destination in the US.

Cutting the cake to celebrate Turkish Airlines’ new service between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Brussels were (left to right): Asiyat Khasanova, ISG Commercial Aviation Director; Fatih Cigal, Turkish Airlines VP Marketing and Sales; Ertugrul Gulsen and Seckin Mutlu Turkish Airlines Station Managers. The first flight passengers enjoyed cocktails, music, Turkish delights and cake.

At the other end of the route in Brussels there was a very similar looking cake and a ribbon cutting performed by (left to right): Jos Stroobants, Director Sales & Marketing Brussels Airport; Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport; Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO Turkish Airlines; Gokhan Bugday, CEO Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport; and Fatih Cigal VP Marketing & Sales Turkish Airlines. A cartoon artist painted a view of Istanbul during the speeches, one of which was given by anna.aero’s friend Temel Kotil.

  • Turkish Airlines has continued its relentless growth, starting three routes in a week. Two routes were commenced from its main hub at Istanbul Atatürk (IST), the first on 7 May to Oran (ORN), the airline’s third destination in Algeria, with Boston (BOS) joining the airline’s network on 12 May, becoming its sixth US destination. The former, will be operated four times weekly by the Star Alliance carrier’s 159-seat 737-800s, while the latter is flown five times weekly with a mix of A330/A340 equipment. From 10 June, the Boston route will be increased to a daily schedule. Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) saw the start of daily flights to Brussels (BRU) on 8 May, and again the route is flown by Turkish’s 737-800s. Only one of the three routes will face any competition, with Air Algérie flying twice-weekly between Oran and Istanbul Atatürk. While there is no direct competition on the Sabiha Gökçen to Brussels route, Turkish itself does fly four times daily between Atatürk and the Belgian capital. See how this airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.

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