We leave behind 2012 and hoping for a happy, peaceful 2013.
Photo © Stefan Hofmann
Photo © Mehmet Mustafa Celik
2012 ended with significant orders from the Turkish duo; 15+5 77Ws and 15 333s for TK and 75+25 NEOs for Pegasus.
Congratulations to both companies!
Just to recap 2012 mildly for Turkish Aviation;
-Besides TK's WB order, TK suggested an order for 100 NB beginning of 2013.
-Also in works, a brand new Istanbul airport North of the city, we might see a groundbreaking in 2013, up to 5 interested developers as of now.
-TK launched many routes in 2012 and there are talks for 30+ more destinations in 2013; (in order of possible inaugural dates)
Libreville, Colombo, Luxor, Aswan, Houston, Gassim, Rotterdam, Abha, Santiago De Compostela, Malta, Salzburg, Asmara, Marseille, Constanta, Tallinn, Vilnius, Luxembourg, Kharkov, Luanda, Abuja, Kano, Caracas, Mexico City, Boston, Havana, San Fransisco, Montreal, Kuala Lumpur, Ndjamena, Juba, Kathamndu, Mazar-i Sharif, Friedrichshafen, Lankaran, Bogota, Aqaba, Bamako
Let's see in a year if all these become true. Since I like fact checking, last year this time TK said that they will increase African destinations to 35 in 2012 and they pretty much achieved it. So far Manila, Atlanta never came true and it is not on TK's above list.
-2012 saw for the first time 3 x daily IST-JFK flights ( 2 x 77W, 1 x 333). Starting early March 2013 the same is true.
-Also last year UA started EWR-IST. Let's see how they do after a year and if DL can keep IST open.
-Many frequencies went up. Can you believe TK flies 49 x weekly to FRA, 44 x weekly to London area, 32 X weekly to TLV?
-When said and done, TK will finish 2012 with 40Million pax. TK predicts to carry 46M pax in 2013.
-In terms of TK fleet; in 2013 we will see a net of 14 frames coming into the fleet to bring the total to 214 jets.
2 x 333s, 9 x 321s, 6 x 738s, 1 x 739, 2 x 332Fs will arrive while
3 x 734s, 1 x 737-700, 1 x 319 and 1 x 310F will leave the fleet.
-Also in 2013 we will see AC flying to IST and PAL flying from Manila. Let's see how this will affect TK's long haul plans.
-Atlasjet to open bunch of new domestic routes, they might bring in more planes to do this.
-In terms of rumors; we still yet to confirm if TK is in the market to lease 7 x 777s until owned frames arrive in 2014 AND, we still yet to confirm if the ordered 15+5 77Ws will not have the Comfort Class.
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