Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its 30th Boeing 777-300ER

Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER

Turkish Airlines takes delivery of its 30th Boeing 777-300ER

On May 30, Turkish Airlines took the delivery of its 30th Boeing 777-300ER. The new aircraft was welcomed with a traditional water salute at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

This is the first Boeing aircraft to feature economy class seats by Turkish Seats Industries (TSI) — a Turkish brand that has worked closely with Boeing on the project — a first in Turkish Civil Aviation and for Boeing.

M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the board and the executive committee of Turkish Airlines said: “While consistently investing in its overall services, Turkish Airlines has always put special emphasis to further built in (sic) its infrastructure investments, which also make a major contribution to further the progress of Turkish Aviation Industry. Three years ago, we partnered in a significant initiative to pioneer another first in Turkish Civil Aviation. By establishing Turkish Seat Industry (TSI), in collaboration with Assan Hanil, we took a more active role in the industry through logistical support. And now we’re taking the delivery of the first aircraft equipped with those locally produced seats designed by TSI, an installation manufactured in Turkey that conforms to all international standards. With adding this 30th Boeing 777-300ER to our ever expanding fleet, we look forward to TSI to become a leading brand across the industry, and be a substantial part of our aircrafts in the near future.” said.

Turkish Airlines’ fleet includes the B737-800, B737-700, B737-900ER and B747-400F, apart form seven other Airbus models, and excluding all cargo aircraft. Boeing yet has to complete Turkish Airlines’ pending that includes two 777 Freighters and 75 737 MAXs.

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This is the first Boeing aircraft to feature economy class seats by Turkish Seats Industries (TSI) — a Turkish brand that has worked closely with Boeing on the project — a first in Turkish Civil Aviation and for Boeing.

Turkish Airlines’ fleet includes the B737-800, B737-700, B737-900ER and B747-400F, apart form seven other Airbus models, and excluding all cargo aircraft. Boeing yet has to complete Turkish Airlines’ pending that includes two 777 Freighters and 75 737 MAXs.

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Turkish Airlines offers Molton Brown products in its business class

Turkish Airlines Living Garden

Turkish Airlines adds Molton Brown products to its bouquet of in-flight services for business class passengers.

This is part of the airline’s “Living Garden” concept that has lavatories decorated with flowers and plants. The focus is on making passengers feel like they’re in a flower garden in the sky.

To achieve the philosophy of the “Living Garden” concept, Turkish Airlines has partnered with Molton Brown, a brand it describes as being synonymous with “refreshment, naturalness and luxury”. The offerings include Molton Brown hand lotion, hand soap and room odour, all placed in boyishness class lavatories on-board.

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Turkish Airlines adds Molton Brown products to its bouquet of in-flight services for business class passengers.

This is part of the airline’s “Living Garden” concept that has lavatories decorated with flowers and plants. The focus is on making passengers feel like they’re in a flower garden in the sky.

To achieve the philosophy of the “Living Garden” concept, Turkish Airlines has partnered with Molton Brown, a brand it describes as being synonymous with “refreshment, naturalness and luxury”. The offerings include Molton Brown hand lotion, hand soap and room odour, all placed in boyishness class lavatories on-board.

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Turkish Airlines adds Molton Brown products to its bouquet of in-flight services for business class passengers.

This is part of the airline’s “Living Garden” concept that has lavatories decorated with flowers and plants. The focus is on making passengers feel like they’re in a flower garden in the sky.

To achieve the philosophy of the “Living Garden” concept, Turkish Airlines has partnered with Molton Brown, a brand it describes as being synonymous with “refreshment, naturalness and luxury”. The offerings include Molton Brown hand lotion, hand soap and room odour, all placed in boyishness class lavatories on-board.

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Turkish Airlines adds Molton Brown products to its bouquet of in-flight services for business class passengers.

Turkish Airlines to fly to Algiers

Turkish Airlines B737 Max

Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines will launch a direct service between Antalya and Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

A Boeing 737 will serve the route thrice a week from July 8 to September 23.

On Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, flight TK 659 will take off from Antalya at 2350 and land inAlgiers at 0200 the next day.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 660 will depart from Algiers at 0300 and arrive in Antalya at 0835 on the same day.

Turkish Airlines flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries. 

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Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines will launch a direct service between Antalya and Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

A Boeing 737 will serve the route thrice a week from July 8 to September 23.

On Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, flight TK 659 will take off from Antalya at 2350 and land inAlgiers at 0200 the next day.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 660 will depart from Algiers at 0300 and arrive in Antalya at 0835 on the same day.

Turkish Airlines flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries. 

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Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines will launch a direct service between Antalya and Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

A Boeing 737 will serve the route thrice a week from July 8 to September 23.

On Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, flight TK 659 will take off from Antalya at 2350 and land inAlgiers at 0200 the next day.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 660 will depart from Algiers at 0300 and arrive in Antalya at 0835 on the same day.

Turkish Airlines flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries. 

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Turkey’s flag carrier, Turkish Airlines will launch a direct service between Antalya and Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

A Boeing 737 will serve the route thrice a week from July 8 to September 23.

On Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, flight TK 659 will take off from Antalya at 2350 and land inAlgiers at 0200 the next day.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 660 will depart from Algiers at 0300 and arrive in Antalya at 0835 on the same day.

Turkish Airlines flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries. 

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Turkish Airlines refurbishes its in-flight entertainment

Turkish Airlines IFE services
Turkish Airlines has renovated its in-flight entertainment (IFE) to be more user friendly. The interface has been re-designed with feedback from “professional usability and user experience laboratories” to make the wide array of digital entertainment and information easily accessible to its flyers.

The entertainment section encompasses a range of movies and TV shows from across the globe. New IFE feature allows passengers to filter their search as per genre and IMDb ratings — a popular forum for this entertainment media. It extends to music and games too. There is also a recently added “Accessible Movies” category with subtitles or voice recordings dubbed for visually or hearing impaired passengers.

The improved 3D map allows passengers to gain insight into details and information such as current flight position, cockpit, right and left window views, virtual imagery accompanied with realistic animations and update on the distance from port of disembarkation, current altitude and geographical features of the land below. Also, the “Do Not Disturb” gives passengers privacy they request by switching on this mode. It let’s the crew know if they need to wake you for meals or let you be undisturbed for the whole flight or not.

The business class cabins now have a second screen with an additional handset and a second screen apart from the IFE. This allows flyers enjoy the in-flight entertainment services whilst tracking the flight.

A press release by the airline further reveals the airlne’s future plans: “Turkish Airlines has started to research its eXPhone service on a B777 TC-LJJ aircraft with test flights in January. This service will enable passengers to access the internet securely, read and answer e-mails and text messages or update social media profiles from their mobile devices.” Should the feedback from cabin crew and passengers be successful, the airline will instal the eXPhone service on its other aircraft too.

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Turkish Airlines has renovated its in-flight entertainment (IFE) to be more user friendly. The interface has been re-designed with feedback from “professional usability and user experience laboratories” to make the wide array of digital entertainment and information easily accessible to its flyers.

The entertainment section encompasses a range of movies and TV shows from across the globe. New IFE feature allows passengers to filter their search as per genre and IMDb ratings — a popular forum for this entertainment media. It extends to music and games too. There is also a recently added “Accessible Movies” category with subtitles or voice recordings dubbed for visually or hearing impaired passengers.

The improved 3D map allows passengers to gain insight into details and information such as current flight position, cockpit, right and left window views, virtual imagery accompanied with realistic animations and update on the distance from port of disembarkation, current altitude and geographical features of the land below. Also, the “Do Not Disturb” gives passengers privacy they request by switching on this mode. It let’s the crew know if they need to wake you for meals or let you be undisturbed for the whole flight or not.

The business class cabins now have a second screen with an additional handset and a second screen apart from the IFE. This allows flyers enjoy the in-flight entertainment services whilst tracking the flight.

A press release by the airline further reveals the airlne’s future plans: “Turkish Airlines has started to research its eXPhone service on a B777 TC-LJJ aircraft with test flights in January. This service will enable passengers to access the internet securely, read and answer e-mails and text messages or update social media profiles from their mobile devices.” Should the feedback from cabin crew and passengers be successful, the airline will instal the eXPhone service on its other aircraft too.

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Six creative in-flight safety videos

Air New Zealand's Summer of Safety in-flight video

Air New Zealand has become something of a leader in the field of in-flight safety videos, ever since it unveiled its Lord of the Rings-inspired “An Unexpected Briefing” video in 2012. Now, the airline has just released its newest precautionary film – a star-studded Kiwi-style road trip titled Summer of Safety.

But the southern-hemispheric airline is far from the only carrier to launch interesting, innovative and sometimes purely entertaining in-flight safety videos. Here are six of those released recently:

Turkish Airlines – digital illusions

Released: November 2016

YouTube star Zach King, known for his short magic videos, joined Turkish Airlines last month for its new safety video. In it, the illusionist plays with perspective and video editing to create a safety film that has him fold laptops into pieces of paper, pull a fastened seatbelt through his waist and don a life vest by literally throwing on a t-shirt emblazoned with the image of a life vest.

Air New Zealand – Hollywood

Released: July 2016

Continuing the theme of block-buster movies set by its 2012 safety flick, Air New Zealand developed a Hollywood-themed video earlier this year starring actress Anna Faris (Brokeback Mountain and the Scary Movie franchise) and New Zealand actor Rhys Darby (of Flight of the Conchords fame). Starting as a police action spoof, the video quickly runs the gamut of Hollywood genres, from romance to horror to Western.

Pegasus Airlines – Marvel

Released: June 2015

Another Turkish carrier to make the list, Pegasus Airlines went a similar direction to Air New Zealand, employing the power of Hollywood for its in-flight video, namely the super-human characters from Disney’s Marvel universe. Partnering with Disney Turkey, the airline created a video featuring well-known Marvel characters including Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Loki, Hawkeye and Odin explaining airline safety regulations. Though it should be noted the original Hollywood actors that play the superheroes in Marvel’s blockbuster films did not reprise their roles for the safety demonstration.

American Airlines – Futuristic flying

Released: September 2016

With its sterile white backdrops, mirrored hallways and interactive moving sets, American Airlines’ clip resembles the beginnings of a sci-fi space adventure as much as an airline safety video. Directed by Jeff Tremaine, who’s been behind commercials including Bud Light’s Super Bowl “Up for Whatever” ad, the video was intended to offer passengers a safety demonstration that was “an unexpected treat for the eyes and ears”.

Qantas – In the Outback

Released: February 2016

Much like Air New Zealand’s “Summer of Safety” video, Qantas’ instructional video takes the opportunity to showcase the activities and natural splendour offered by the airline’s host country. Scenarios include a life-jacket demonstration at Bondi Icebergs, brace position demos during a yoga class on Hamilton Island and an emergency slide evacuation at Josephine Falls in Queensland.

Delta Air Lines – Play safely

Released: October 2016

If Pegasus’ Marvel-themed video felt as though it was geared for a more millennial audience, Delta’s video game-themed instructional film is perhaps even more so. Featuring references to modern and classic video game genres, including sports simulators, arcade-style fighting games and 2D platformers, the video is easily among the more creative takes on the traditional safety demo to come out in recent years.

Turkish Airlines to add two new destinations to its route map

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines has added to two destinations to its route map: Cuban capital, Havana and Venezuelan, capital Caracas.

The service that will commence from December 20, will be follow the Istanbul-Havana-Caracas-Istanbul route.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 183 will take off from Istanbul at 0210 and arrive in Havana at 0800. After a two-hour layover, it will continue to Caracas and land at 1400. From Caracas, the direct return flight will depart at 1530 and arrive in Istanbul at 1015 the next day.

There is no direct Havana-Istanbul flight; it is routed via Caracas.

The airline flies to 15 cities in North and South America, and a total of 295 destinations worldwide. 

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Turkish Airlines has added to two destinations to its route map: Cuban capital, Havana and Venezuelan, capital Caracas.

The service that will commence from December 20, will be follow the Istanbul-Havana-Caracas-Istanbul route.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 183 will take off from Istanbul at 0210 and arrive in Havana at 0800. After a two-hour layover, it will continue to Caracas and land at 1400. From Caracas, the direct return flight will depart at 1530 and arrive in Istanbul at 1015 the next day.

There is no direct Havana-Istanbul flight; it is routed via Caracas.

The airline flies to 15 cities in North and South America, and a total of 295 destinations worldwide. 

turkishairlines.com 

Turkish Airlines has added to two destinations to its route map: Cuban capital, Havana and Venezuelan, capital Caracas.

The service that will commence from December 20, will be follow the Istanbul-Havana-Caracas-Istanbul route.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, flight TK 183 will take off from Istanbul at 0210 and arrive in Havana at 0800. After a two-hour layover, it will continue to Caracas and land at 1400. From Caracas, the direct return flight will depart at 1530 and arrive in Istanbul at 1015 the next day.

There is no direct Havana-Istanbul flight; it is routed via Caracas.

The airline flies to 15 cities in North and South America, and a total of 295 destinations worldwide. 

turkishairlines.com

Turkish Airlines to make frequency cuts this winter

Turkish Airlines EURO

Turkish Airlines will initiate substantial capacity cuts on nearly 100 routes, following a less-than-impressive year for the carrier.

According to routesonline.com, the reduction in services is planned for the upcoming winter travel season, which takes place between October 30, 2016 and March 25, 2017.

Prominent routes that will be affected include:

  • Istanbul Ataturk – Taipei Taoyuan: Reduce from seven to five weekly services
  • Istanbul Ataturk – Guangzhou: Reduce from seven to six weekly services
  • Istanbul Ataturk – Los Angeles: Reduce from 11 to seven weekly
  • Istanbul Ataturk – Atlanta: Reduce from seven to five weekly

A complete list of the affected domestic flights can be found here, while international flights can be seen here.

It has been a difficult year for Turkish Airlines. An attack at Ataturk Airport back in June, as well as an attempted military coup in July has affected travel demand for flights into Istanbul, and hurt the Star Alliance member.

For more information, visit turkishairlines.com

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Five special aircraft liveries

ANA C-3PO-themed livery

C3-PO ANA Jet
C-3PO ANA Jet

INTRODUCED July 2016; launching March 2017

AIRCRAFT B777-200

INFO As part of its five-year partnership with The Walt Disney Company (Japan), ANA has already had two of its aircraft wrapped in special themed liveries featuring Star Wars’ R2-D2 and BB-8. Meanwhile, everybody’s favourite gold protocol droid, C-3PO will soon join the line-up by being featured on a B777-200. The C-3PO-themed aircraft will begin flying domestic routes in Japan from March 2017.

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Eva Air Hello Kitty-themed livery

EVA Air Hello Kitty B777
EVA Air Hello Kitty B777

INTRODUCED 2005

AIRCRAFT A330, B777

INFO Eva Air’s “Hello Kitty” aircraft is as synonymous as the airline itself, with the iconic branding having been an important part of the carrier’s fleet since 2005. Passengers that have flown on these aircraft before will know what to expect onboard, but for the uninitiated, expect to find the cute little feline everywhere – from the cushions in economy to the tableware in business class.

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Turkish Airlines Euro 2016 livery

Turkish Airlines EURO
Turkish Airlines EURO livery

INTRODUCED April 2016

AIRCRAFT A330-300

INFO Portugal may have already lifted the Euro 2016 trophy, but Turkish Airlines’ Euro-themed livery can still be seen in the air. The A330-300, which has been wrapped in the tournament’s colours, is flying to selected destinations within the Star Alliance member’s network.

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KLM “Orange Pride” livery

klm
KLM’s “Orange Pride”

INTRODUCED June 2016

AIRCRAFT B777-300

INFO KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken national pride to whole new level by introducing its “Orange Pride” livery. The new livery, which is now featured on a B777, is currently operating flights within the airline’s network. However, with effect from early August, the aircraft will begin serving the Amsterdam–Rio de Janeiro route during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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TAM Disney-themed livery

TAM Disney livery
TAM Disney livery

INTRODUCED February 2016

AIRCRAFT B767-300

INFO For passengers flying with Brazilian carrier TAM to Orlando earlier this year, the journey to Walt Disney World started on the plane. Along with a colourful livery that features classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Donald, the in-flight experience was also adapted to deliver a touch of Disney magic. This included offering Mickey mouse-shaped food and cabin crew wearing Minnie mouse headbands and gloves.

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