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September 18, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A major international airline, preparing to fly to Australia next year, is neither Chinese, nor American nor from the Gulf – and it’s said to fly to more countries than any other carrier in the world. So which is it and where is it from?

The answer is Turkish Airlines, national carrier of Turkey and one of the world’s widest-ranging airlines, which confirmed at the weekend it would extend its flight network to Sydney in 2018.

“We would have started flying to Sydney last year but we had faced many problems such as terror and the coup attempt,” Turkish Airlines chief İlker Aycı told the Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s longest-established current English-language daily.

Ilker Ayci, Turkish Airlines

“Therefore, we had postponed it. Next year, we will fly there for sure.”

Aycı, who is president and chairman of Turkish Airlines, was interviewed in London, where he also spoke to the BBC. He said Turkish Airlines would grow in Asia and it planned to fly to more points in Latin America. Sydney services would start from 2018.

“We are going to extend the success we have grasped in Africa to that continent as well,” Aycı added.

Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a major carrier by any measure. It flies to 113 countries, often said to be the most of any airline. For comparison, Emirates flies to 75 countries, at last count.

Turkish Airlines operates scheduled services to 287 destinations (236 international and 51 domestic) in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, making it by some estimates the world’s fourth-largest carrier by number of destinations. It serves more destinations non-stop from a single airport than any other airline in Europe.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Turkish Airlines is today a four-star airline with a fleet of 299 passenger and cargo aircraft. The largest plane type in its  fleet at present is the B777-300-ER. It has 33 of those and is reportedly in talks with Boeing to buy eight B747-8s. The B747-8 is the longest passenger aircraft in the world and the latest in the very popular 747 “Jumbo jet” series. Boeing is finding the 747-8 hard to sell, as the world’s fleets move towards two-engine planes, so Turkish Airlines may obtain a good deal for eight of them.

The aviation world’s renowned annual Skytrax survey named Turkish Airlines “Europe’s Best Airline” for five consecutive years and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for seven consecutive years. In the 2017 Skytrax survey Turkish Airlines came second to Lufthansa as “Europe’s Best Airline”.

Turkish Airlines won the 2017 Skytrax “World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge”, “Best Business Class Onboard Catering”, “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and “Best Airline in Southern Europe”.

Written by Peter Needham

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