Turkish Airlines, Türkiye’s national flag carrier, was founded in Ankara on May 20, 1933 under the name of “State Airlines Administration” and started its operations depending on the Ministry of Defense. In 1955, it was restructured into “Turkish Airlines.” 25% of the company was sold under the privatization program in 2005. Today 49.1% of the company is owned by the Privatization Administration and the rest of the shares are on free float.
As one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, Turkish Airlines joined The Star Alliance on April 1st, 2008. With a fleet of 299 aircraft (passenger and cargo), Turkish Airlines flies to 282 destinations (234 international and 48 domestic).
In 2014, Turkish Airlines has been named “Best Airline in Europe” in last four years by Skytrax. Skytrax also named Turkish Airlines as “Best Business Class Catering” for its service in 2013. Turkish Airlines flies to more countries in the world than any other airline (108 countries over five continents) according to UMB’s Official Airline Guide. The global airline won the SkyTrax Award, known as the “Passengers Choice Awards,” for the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” consistently in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was recognized and awarded best quality in terms of in flight service in its economy class. In 2012, Skytrax named Turkish Airlines “Best Premium Economy Seats in the world” for its Comfort Class seats .
In order to keep alive its brand equity, which provides a serious advantage in terms of competition, Turkish Airlines invests in its quality of service, in-flight entertainment systems, comfortable seats, gourmet cuisine and its employees. Turkish Airlines is always on the forefront of the latest technological advances and innovations in the aviation industry and boasts one of the youngest fleets. As the airline expands its routes and number of aircraft, continuous training of its employees is of the utmost importance in insuring the safety of its passengers.
Turkish Airlines regards flight safety and service quality as two of the most indispensable necessities. Turkish Airlines currently holds a four-star ranking and consistently strives to secure a five-star ranking. Turkish Airlines understands the responsibility of being a pioneer within the industry, and is determined to carry out its mission moving forward. Furthermore it maintains its goal of becoming a regional leader and a prominent global airline, preferred for its unparalleled service, superior quality, trustworthiness and reliability.
In addition to Europe, Turkish Airlines is also strategically expanding its network into Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America. As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Turkish Airlines holds a strategic position between the East and West.