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Turkish Airlines Further Expands In Africa  
User currently offlineleftyboarder From Turkey, joined Apr 2008, 693 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

On Dec 4, TK starts flying to Kilimanjaro and Mombasa.

TK673 IST1810 – 0155+1JRO0255+1 – 0355+1MBA0500+1 – 1045+1IST 739 x35

On Dec 15, Niamey and Ouagadougou are starting.

TK597 IST1745 – 2255NIM2355 – 2355OUA0055+1 – 0915+1IST 739 146

Finally, on Dec 21, Douala and Yaounde will be initiated.

TK669 IST1745 – 2350NSI0050+1 – 0145+1DLA0245+1 – 1045+1IST 739 x247

Source: airlineroute.net.

In addition, Buenos Aires is to be started on Dec 11.

TK015 IST0920 – 1900GRU2015 – 2155EZE 77W x146
TK016 EZE2355 – 0345+1GRU0505+1 – 2125+1IST 77W x146

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User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3516 times:

Quoting leftyboarder (Thread starter):
Finally, on Dec 21, Douala and Yaounde will be initiated.

TK669 IST1745 – 2350NSI0050+1 – 0145+1DLA0245+1 – 1045+1IST 739 x247

Horrible times to arrive in Cameroon.


User currently offlineTurkish350XWB From Switzerland, joined Jan 2009, 476 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

Quoting leftyboarder (Thread starter):

I checked a bit the prices to fly from german airports to the new destinations and compared with AF and they are very very competitive. Of course this is only a picture of the moment, but TK charges 500-600 euros whereas AF charges 1000-1100 euros...


User currently onlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6304 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3249 times:

Quoting leftyboarder (Thread starter):
On Dec 15, Niamey and Ouagadougou are starting.

TK597 IST1745 – 2255NIM2355 – 2355OUA0055+1 – 0915+1IST 739 146

Love it. Much better than when I went to Niamey via Paris and got in in the wee hours of the morning several years ago. The combination of doing a Niger + Burkina Faso route certainly makes it much more promising, as I am certain a straight Turkey to Niger route would be unsuccessful. I think this one could do well.


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17364 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
Much better than when I went to Niamey via Paris and got in in the wee hours of the morning several years ago

The AF flight has arrived at around 4p for years  
Quoting AF022 (Reply 1):

Horrible times to arrive in Cameroon.

GIven that your choice is pretty limited to DLA/NSI, the times aren't going to be a major factor.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
The combination of doing a Niger + Burkina Faso route certainly makes it much more promising

They're both awfully small markets; I'm not sure who is going to be on this plane other than a few Chinese traders.



E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineswallow From Uganda, joined Jul 2007, 554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3155 times:

KQ has been funneling some of this traffic via NBO.

The entry of TK makes things interesting.

I am curious about why they chose to use 739's to open the routes. They must be expecting good loads.

Ditto the 77W to EZE 3 x weekly instead of a using a smaller widebody to grow the route before bringing the big twin into play



The grass is greener where you water it
User currently onlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6304 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3132 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4):

The AF flight has arrived at around 4p for years

Well, I swear when I took it around 4 years ago that I arrived in the middle of the night. Maybe I travel too much and am getting my trips confused  
Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4):
They're both awfully small markets; I'm not sure who is going to be on this plane other than a few Chinese traders.

China was definitely the market I assumed they were catering to. It won't be a slam dunk my any means, but I do hope it can survive.


User currently offlineleftyboarder From Turkey, joined Apr 2008, 693 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Quoting swallow (Reply 5):

The 739s actually seat less than 738s in TK fleet. For EZE they have simply extended the GRU flight which has been 77W for some time now.


User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Great news for TK and the traveling public, more options to choose from.

Quoting leftyboarder (Reply 7):
The 739s actually seat less than 738s in TK fleet.

I have flown to ADD last year via IST and the 738 were a bit crammed. And ADD is not teh longest stretch from IST on a single aisle. So hopefully the 739s have more leg room.


BTW, slightly off topic but anyone knows where I can get a timeline of TK commercials with the likes of Kobe Bryant, FC Barca, etc.? I have looked at teh history and sponsorship pages on their websites but did not get anything. I am trying to find out when (month and year) they started their association with Kobe, Barca, Man U. etc


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4):
GIven that your choice is pretty limited to DLA/NSI, the times aren't going to be a major factor

Aren't there lots of options to DLA? AF and Brussels are very direct from Europe of course, KQ and Ethiopian less so, but at least the times are good. Royal Air Maroc is in the market but also with after mid-night hours.

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 4):
They're both awfully small markets; I'm not sure who is going to be on this plane other than a few Chinese traders

I don't think these flights connect with China.


User currently offlineTwolz2rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

TK is sending these 739s everywhere in Africa! What kind of IFE do they have? I'm scheduled to take one to DAR next week...

User currently offlineusdcaguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 954 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

I'd be interested in hearing about the profitability of these flights a year after they are started. I'm a little skeptical, but wth the 739s, perhaps there is enough demand. I know AF does well because of historical ties; I'm not sure what ties TK and IST have to Africa and whether that makes a difference.

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