Welcome to the July summer edition of the Turkish aviation thread.
Photo © Joost de Wit
Some highlights from the last month:
o THY for the 3rd year running crowned as the "Best Airline in Europe by Skytrax. Also won best business class catering, and best airline in Southern Europe.
o TK growth continued with new cities of Al-Qassim, Marseille, Constanta, Tallinn, Vilnius and Luxemburg commenced in June
o TK announced lease of 3 ex Gulf Air A330-200s.
o New Japan bilateral agreed, allowing TK to grow Japan flights from current 14 weekly at 2 service points to 42 weekly at 5 service points
o TK formally confirmed what was long rumored, Comfort Class will be removed as newly ordered 77Ws arrive in 2014. TK will further improve is Business product.
o Expansion to Americas will be a focus in 2014 for TK - IST-CCS-BOG and IST-HAV-MEX routes planned plus one or two more cities in the US.
o TK further expands its SAW service with 3 new German routes. Daily to DUS, FRA and MUC effective this coming winter.
o Charter operator Sky Airlines filed bankruptcy and shut down. It had been having difficulties since its primary tour operator went out of business.
o ACT leases its 2 747 freighters to Saudia
o Pegasus signs for 737NG C-heavy checks in Bulgaria by Lufthansa Technik
o Atlasjet Iraqi venture Zargos Air awaits its own AOC and will use single leased Atlasjet A321 from its Erbil base.
o TAV won $400mil contract to build a 100,000sq meter terminal in Riyadh
Lets discuss !