Cake of the Week:
China Southern’s Beijing-Ürümqi-Istanbul
The cake welcoming China Southern to Istanbul was cut by the Chinese Consul General to Istanbul, Zhang Qing Yang; the airline’s CEO Tan Wangeng; Atatürk Airport Civil Administration Manager Ahmet Aydın; Istanbul Atatürk Airport DHMI Manager Celal Ozugur, and TAV Istanbul General Manager Kemal Unlu. Passengers arriving on the first flight were each handed flowers as a welcoming to Turkey.
In Beijing, the crew on the first flight was seen off with flowers, while China Southern’s CEO Tan Wangeng presented a gift to Murat Salim Esenli, Turkish ambassador to China.
- China Southern launched its first route to Turkey on 22 November when the SkyTeam member began operating three weekly flights from the Chinese capital Beijing (PEK) via Ürümqi (URC) in the northwest of the country to the main airport serving Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul Atatürk (IST). Flights initially operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays with 191-seat 757-200s, with plans to increase frequencies depending on demand. Competition between Ürümqi and Istanbul Atatürk comes from Hainan Airlines’ weekly service, while Turkish Airlines competes between Istanbul and Beijing with its daily non-stop flights. TAV Istanbul’s GM Kemal Unlu commented: “China is an important country which we have ongoing economic and cultural relations that have been developing gradually. Therefore, we are really glad with the launch of the Peking-Urumqi-Istanbul flights by China Southern Airlines to our airport. Istanbul Atatürk Airport continues to go forward in becoming a global hub with the fast and high quality service it provides. We will continue to welcome our passengers with the modern face of Turkey.”