THY to explain “largest airline on Earth” goal to Abu Dhabi network planning conference

Orhan Sivrikaya, Chief Commercial Officer of Turkish Airlines, will explain how around 100 airports across Europe, the Middle East and Africa could benefit from new THY routes.

Orhan Sivrikaya, Chief Commercial Officer of Turkish Airlines, is to explain how around 100 airports across Europe, the Middle East and Africa could benefit from new THY routes because of the unique geographical benefits of its rocketing Istanbul hub.

The airline has positioned itself as a serious competitor to the MEB3 (the Middle East Big Three of Etihad, Qatar and Emirates) with an ability to provide feed for Istanbul from many more airports in Europe, and the Middle East with smaller 737-800 aircraft, compared to the A330/777 widebody feed of the MEB3 competitors which can only serve a smaller range of destinations.

“Right now, Turkish serves around 70 cities in Europe, but with over 60 737-800s on order, this will double” promised Dr Temel Kotil, President and CEO Turkish Airlines, in a recent interview with

This strategy is not a dream, it is a plan bearing real results: Turkish Airlines is surging ahead, it has so far had the best recession of any AEA airline in terms of traffic growth, profitability, and response to much-enhanced competition. Five years ago, it had 10 million passengers and now it has over 30 million making it the fourth-biggest flag-carrier in Europe, after Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways although last year’s near 20% growth means it may soon overtake British Airways for third place.’s Network Planning Conference is being jointly staged with ACI EUROPE and ACI Asia Pacific, and hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, November 28-30 2011. The conference, subtitled “Maximising Your Airport’s Case For Securing New Air Services” will be entirely chaired and directed by the editor of, Ralph Anker who will lead discussion from an expanding line-up of speakers which includes the following senior network planners:

  • Senthil Balan, Air Asia X Head of Route Planning and Regulatory Affairs (A keynote presentation on “How Big Can Low Cost Long-haul Grow?)
  • Morten Loej, Senior Planning Manager, Gulf Air
  • Harish Moideen Kutty, Group Head of Network Planning and Revenue Management, Air Arabia
  • Sam Sridharan, Chief Commercial Officer, Spicejet
  • Emanuel Hovorka, Director Route Management and Alliances, CSA Czech Airlines
  • Arjun Singh, Head of Network Planning and Scheduling, flydubai (tbc)
  • Michael McTighe, Chief Operating Officer, Safi Airways
  • Hossein Hosseini, Director of Marketing, Mahan Air
  • Rajendran Vellapalath, VP Corporate Strategy and Planning at RAK Airways

The Network Planning Conference comes inclusive the ACI Airport Exchange package of a major airport exhibition (45 exhibitors booked so far) and FIVE other conferences including the following essential presentations also open to the Network Planner Conference delegates:

  • Kevin Knight, Chief Officer of Strategy and planning, Etihad Airways
  • Jim Bennett, CEO, ADAC
  • Kosaburo Morinaka, President & CEO, Narita International Airport Corporation, Japan & Second Vice President, ACI Asia-Pacific.

The regular attendance of Airport Exchange is circa 1,500. To register and review the programme go here.


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