Istanbul, Turkey (eTN) – Turkish Airlines (THY) will add 11 new international flight destinations within 2008. THY will start direct flights to Toronto (Canada), Washington (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Aleppo (Syria), Birmingham (Britain), Lahore (Pakistan), Atyrau (Kazakhstan), Oran (Algeria), Lvov (Ukraine), Ufa (Russia) and Alexandria (Egypt).
THY was established on 1933 is the national airline of Turkey and is based in Istanbul. It operates a network of scheduled services to 107 international and 32 domestic cities, serving a total of 139 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. THY, with its 100 aircraft having an average age of seven years, has one of the youngest fleet in Europe.
Meanwhile, SunExpress Airlines, established in 1989 as a partnership between Turkish Airlines and the German Lufthansa Company, will add Istanbul to its domestic and international flight hubs after Antalya and Izmir. SunExpress is set to launch scheduled flights this summer from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Two aircraft will be based in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport and will be flying to Adana, Antalya, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Kars, Trabzon and Van on domestic routes and to the German cities of Nurnberg, Cologne and Hannover.
SunExpress general manager Paul Schwaiger said, “Adding Istanbul flights will be strategic move for our company, by doing so we aim to become a leading private airline company in regional flights.”
The company said it is planning to increase its fleet from 14 to 17 aircraft from Boeing.