Welcome to the latest addition of Turkish Aviation thread.
Thanks to LAXintl for helping me start this months thread.
Photo © Dejan Milinkovic - Pixstel Photography
Here are some starting points:
-Pegasus further expanded its international network by adding Frankfurt, Madrid and Kuwait in March.
-The announced TK-SQ partnership will formally kick off May 1st which will include TK codesharing to Australia and New Zealand, while SQ will connect on two dozen TK markets via IST.
-Turkey eVisa program off to great start. Family from Philippines was the 1 millionth user and won free airfare and vacation provided by TK.
-First aircraft; a 737-800, TC-JHY featuring Turkish Technic locally designed galley furnishing delivered. 10 more Boeing deliveries planned in 2014 with home made galley. TK in negotiations with Boeing to enter into collaboration and make the local design a cabin interior option for other Boeing customers.
-Even before launching in May, Atlasjet has already up-gauged its planned 4x weekly Ercan-IST-Luton service to A321. Flight will also go daily effective June and is seeing "great" bookings to Cyprus per the airline.
-Some changes over at MNG Cargo. Its retiring its last 2 remaining A300B4 freighters and also its single 737-400 freighter. Also apparently its looking to return its A330F after not finding much work for it. TK had it on wet-lease but its been returned now. MNG seems to want to build its fleet around solely the A300-600F (which they recently acquired 2 more from China).
-World Trade Organization forecast Turkey to be 3rd largest nation tourism expenditure growth for 2014 - they forecast 24% spending increase in 2014 versus 2013. (for reference global average growth forecast is 4-4.5%)
-TAV won tender to develop another operate another airport - Milas Bodrum will become TAV's 14th facility when the new international terminal is planned to open late 2015. New facility will have annual capacity of 11.1million and will join the current domestic terminal with capacity of 7.6mil.
-Is Ryanair seriously coming to the Turkish market? Any news on that?
-TC-JVB latest TK 738 first flight was on March 28th.
-Also TK adds 3 more weekly flights to Ganja, Azerbaijan as per airlineroute.net
-Airporthaber says FAA not happy with TK crews only getting 24 hours rest between IST-USA flights;
On my last IST-JFK flight I had a chance to talk to one of the FA's and she said they only have 23 hours in NYC. I guess this is about to change. In the past it used to be two nights IIRC.
-Atlasjet to lease 3 x Sukhoi Superjet100, cn 95012, 95013, 95015
-Onur leased another 320 from CIT
-Pegasus leasing an ex-Ryanair 738
-Ajet/Sunexpress leasing 3 more 738s.
-While I was in Istanbul there was a lot of construction where the TAF used to occupy. New Cargo Area building, demolition of all those Havas and smaller buildings across from the 23/5 runway.
-On all of my flights between IST-ALA this year there was a Kazakh speaking FA on board, very nice. It was also great to get the 739ER on one of those flights as opposed to the regular 738.
-Now the local elections are over, can we expect the Presidential plane 332 finally arrive at IST, 3 years or so after its first flight??
-What happened to the new TK uniforms??
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