Turkish Airlines is the national airline of Turkey, it began its operations in 1933. Its main hub is located in Ankara, and its secondary hubs are in Istanbul-Atatürk, and Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, serving over 300 destinations for commercial and cargo use (more than 60 destinations are flown to by Turkish Cargo.) Turkish Airlines is serving more non-stop destinations from a single airport, than any airline in Europe.
Turkish Airlines has been a member of Star Alliance since 2008 and is flying to 120 countries, more than any airline does.
Turkish Airlines was chosen the best airline in Europe by Skytrax in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Currently, Turkish Airlines has 331 aircraft, operating 313 passenger, and 18 cargo fleet.
Operating 162 Boeing, and 169 Airbus aircraft, their fleet is the following:
- Airbus A319-100 (7 aircraft)
- Airbus A320-200 (24 aircraft)
- Airbus A321-200 (68 aircraft)
- Airbus A330-200 (16 aircraft)
- Airbus A330-300 (37 aircraft)
- Airbus A340-300 (4 aircraft)
- Boeing 737-700 (39 aircraft)
- Boeing 737-800 (70 aircraft)
- Boeing 737-900ER (15 aircraft)
- Boeing 777-300ER (33 aircraft)
- Airbus A310-300F (3 aircraft)
- Airbus A330-200F (9 aircraft)
- Airbus A300-600F (1 aircraft)
- Boeing 747-400F (3 aircraft)
- Boeing 777F (2 aircraft)
Turkish Airlines is the best airline in Europe for the past four years, and it is maintaining its position, as its expected from such a popular and high ranked airline, their Cabin Crew is always working hard to meet the expectations of the passengers, and besides ensuring their safety onboard as their number one job, they serve passengers to satisfy their best needs onboard to make air traveling more comfortable while making them feel safe, and entertained during flight.
Turkish Airlines seat capacity ranges from 183 to 259 Economy seats on their Airbus A330-200, they use four different versions for the Airbus A330-200, all of them configured to 2-4-2 seats in each Economy row, except for some rows. Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-200 Business class seats range from 22 to 40 seats, while Turkish Airlines Airbus A330-300 Business class has 28 seats, the seat capacities are the following on all of the aircraft:
- Airbus A319: 114 Economy seats, 12 Business seats
- Airbus A320: 141 Economy seats, 12 Business seats
- Airbus A321: 158 or 176 Economy seats, 12 or 20 Business seats (depending on the configuration used)
- Boeing 737-700: 149 Economy seats for the One Class version, and 112 Economy, 12 Business seats for their Two Class version.
- Boeing 737-800: 135 or 147 Economy, 12, 16, or 20 Business seats (depending on the configuration used)
- Boeing 737-900ER: 135, or 153 Economy, and 16 Business seats. (depending on the configuration used)
- Airbus A330-200: 183, 190, 228 or 259 Economy, and 22, 30, or 40 Business seats. (depending on the configuration used)
- Airbus A330-300: 261 Economy, and 28 Business seats.
- Airbus A340-300: 236 Economy, and 34 Business seats.
Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER (77W) can hold up the most seats in their fleet with 300 Economy, and 49 Business seats.
Turkish Airlines Economy class baggage allowance is up to 20 kg on domestic as well as international flights, while Business passengers can carry up to 30 kg, some destinations allow baggage up to 23 kg Economy class, and 32 kg Business class, with a maximum dimension of 158 cm.
To make sure passengers are enjoying their time in the air, Turkish Airlines offer a variety of current and classic movies, thousands of songs, special programs for children, as well as internet connection on some flights to make sure passengers have a great time traveling. The internet connection is available on the Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER, and on a few Airbus A330-300 aircraft, for a fee as low as from 9.99 $ per hour, or 14.99 $ for a 24-hour package. For Miles&Smiles Elite, Elite Plus members, and Business class travelers the onboard Wi-Fi is free of charge.
Food and Beverages:
Economy travelers can enjoy dining onboard, on domestic flights, Turkish Airlines Economy class food is offered to passengers with a great selection , a menu of sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts, dishes differ according to the length of the flight time. On international flights, freshly prepared dishes from seasonal ingredients, as well as breakfast and snack service on some flights are available for the travelers. Turkish Airlines is offering great onboard dining service with a range of quality dishes for Business class travelers, on domestic flights, Business travelers can select from special Turkish cuisine including shish kebap, karnıyarık, mantı, and more, on international flights, Turkish Airlines Flying Chefs prepare the delicious selections that include soups, and mouth-watering meals served on a porcelain tableware making it feel like sitting in a restaurant while flying, two meals are served on the international flights, and snacks on some routes as well.
Comfort In The Air:
Economy class passengers can enjoy traveling with a comfortable seating on short and long-haul flights, Turkish Airlines Economy comfort is great as the seats recline up to 18.5 cm with alterable head and foot supports, and 78 cm of legroom, every passenger will have a pleasant flight on Economy class, as well as the onboard entertainment system that offers a variety of movies, music, games, and news channels, on some aircrafts a power supply is also available to charge the devices while traveling, for a small fee Wi-fi is available on some of the aircraft. On some routes, amenity kits are available that include a sleep mask, earplugs, toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and a lip balm for a more comfortable travel.
Turkish Airlines Business Class travelers can enjoy the maximum comfort in the air, designed with special features such as in-chair massage(Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft), reading lamp, power supply, and a private area, the seat can open to a 188 cm bed. To make sure the sleeping is the most comfortable, complimentary pillows and blankets are available, along with an amenity kit that includes an eye mask, earplugs, lip balm, socks, and other useful items to make the flight more comfortable. The in-flight entertainment system has the latest movies, music, and documentaries about the destination to offer, as well as free Wi-Fi on some aircraft.
Destinations & Flights:
Turkish Airlines has services to more than 300 destinations and is serving 120 countries worldwide, more than any other airline currently, destinations include Europe, Africa, Asia, and The Americas, making Turkish Airlines the fourth largest airline by the number of destinations. Most popular destinations include Abu Dhabi, Ankara, Athens, Bangkok, and Denver.
A one-way Economy Class ticket from London, UK to Ankara can be purchased from 271 $ USD and a one-way Business ticket around 868 $ USD.
Ground & Customer Service:
Turkish Airlines’ Miles&Smiles program gives great privileges to their members such as Award tickets, Extra Baggage allowance, Exclusive Turkish Airlines lounge access, and Free upgrades. With earned miles, members can buy award tickets for Turkish Airlines, and Star Alliance flights, as well as their family members. Upgrade and last-minute upgrade is also available as a part of the program and members can enjoy flying in Business class using miles, also as a Miles&Smiles member, Turkish Airlines and Star Alliance lounges can be accessed, and all service they provide free of charge. Reservation priority, Extra baggage allowance, and Business class counters even if flying on Economy class are available for Smiles&Miles members.
Turkish Airlines is offering one of the best traveling experiences for their passengers and is currently chosen as the best airline in Europe for the past four years by Skytrax. Offering a great service onboard, they ensure that their guests have the best experience and a safe flight. With their outstanding service, they give passengers the best they can offer.