Wow this model plane is heavy. Special guests at the inaugural Turkish Airlines service from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Miami share the load to commemorate the start of the 777-300-operated, daily service. The airline also connected Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Baghdad on the same day.
- Turkish Airlines began another US destination this week (25 October), commencing daily services on the 9,601-kilometre airport pair of Istanbul Atatürk (IST) to Miami (MIA). With existing services to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal and San Francisco, the route becomes its 12th destination in the Americas. “We’re thrilled to name Miami as the newest gateway in the US and proud to serve one of the most influential tourism centres in the world. Our global network and award-winning service will make international travel easier and more convenient for both business and leisure travellers in this area,” says Turkish Airlines’ CMO Ahmet Olmuştur. The route will flown by the Star Alliance carrier’s 777-300 fleet and faces no direct competition. On the same day, Turkish Airlines launched another daily service, this time between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) and Baghdad (BGW). The 1,569-kilometre sector will be operated by the airline’s 737-800 fleet and will encounter competition from the incumbent carrier Pegasus Airlines, which operates the same airport pair thrice-weekly. Vote for this route’s launch cake. Vote for Miami Airport’s fire truck water arch.