Star Alliance members EVA Air and Turkish Airlines have initiated a code-share agreement on the Taipei-Istanbul route, effective today (June 4, 2015). EVA has added its code to Turkish Airlines’ current daily flights. When EVA launches service on the route in 2016, Turkish Airlines will reciprocate by placing its code on those flights. And once both airlines are flying Taipei-Istanbul, passengers can use the combined frequencies to plan itineraries with more flexibility and connectivity between Taiwan and Turkey. Travelers can learn more about EVA, its routes and services at www.evaair.com and become better acquainted with Turkish Airlines athttp://www.turkishairlines.
As the route develops, the two airlines will collaborate to use Istanbul as a hub for travel to more distant destinations. Extending the code-share and commercial agreement beyond Istanbul will enable EVA to offer passengers more convenient choices for travel to Europe and for Turkish Airlines to give those on its flights easy access to popular destinations throughout Asia.
EVA and Turkish Airlines will also cooperate in efforts to boost tourism and cultural exploration between Taiwan and Istanbul and promote business travel between the two regions. The route is especially attractive to leisure and business travelers from Taiwan and Asia because it takes no more than 2~3 hours to make smooth onward flight connections to major cities in Europe, including Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Stockholm. The two airlines are also entering into a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) to enable passengers who book connecting flights to travel with one ticket and check baggage all the way through to their final destination.
Turkish Airlines links 226 international destinations with more than 100 of them in Europe. Istanbul is the only city in the world on two continents and serves as a main hub for travel between the east and west. It offers the transcontinental advantages of its location in Eurasia and makes connecting flights to destinations throughout Europe and the Middle East easier than ever for EVA passengers.
Istanbul is at the heart of Turkey’s economy, culture and history. With its many historical architectural sites, tourism attractions and thriving businesses, travelers from every corner of the globe visit the city every year. The route and code-share arrangement gives passengers inviting new travel choices and will attract more travelers from Taiwan with the increased convenience of visiting Istanbul and more destinations throughout Europe.