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January 31, 2018 Exhibitions No Comments Email Email

Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline, opened The New York Times Travel Show as “Presenting Sponsor” for the 15th anniversary of the annual event at the Jacob Javits Center from January 26-28, 2018.

Welcoming attendees at the State of the Industry keynote panel, Turkish Airlines General Manager, New York, Cenk Ocal, outlined Turkish Airlines’ vision for the aviation industry, and the airline’s targets and expectations for the year ahead.

“At Turkish Airlines, our core mission is to bridge continents, connect countries, and unite communities,” Mr. Ocal said. “As the keystone to global travel, it is incumbent on the aviation industry to be an engine for cultural exchange and understanding.

“The defining trend that will set brands apart in 2018 and beyond will be intangible: which operators can deploy innovation while also striking a balance between profitability and empathy, without forgetting their customer is more than a number.”

As the flag carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines represents the best of Turkish culture and hospitality, delivered on a global scale. The airline also provides training services to its sector through its centers, such as the Turkish Airlines Flight Academy and the Turkish Aviation Academy, by training its employees in various areas of aviation, as well as the crew of several airlines that recognize Turkish Airlines as a leader in customer service and training.

After exceeding expectations in 2017 with 68.6 million total passengers carried, Turkish Airlines projects to reach 74 million passengers with the opening of the New Istanbul Airport in 2018. 

The first phase of Istanbul New Airport will open with a passenger capacity of 90 million, and a total of 200 million upon completion.

Three times the size of Beijing Airport – it will be highly important for Istanbul New Airport to be a more than just a transport hub. It will also include:

  • A hotel, and convention and office space
  • More than 400 retail brands
  • The world’s largest Duty Free shopping, and Europe’s largest parking lot holding 70,000 vehicles
  • Capacity for 2,000 aircraft every day, including a super-jumbo category of planes like Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8
  • Aircraft taking off from the New Istanbul Airport flying to more than 350 destinations all over the world, which will make it the world’s largest flight point.

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