Turkish Airlines now 200-strong
Istanbul, November 13, 2012
Turkish Airlines has now reached its goal of operating a fleet of 200 aircraft, the airline has announced.
Turkish Airlines is presently the world’s fifth largest airline and with the addition of the 200th aircraft, the airline continues to strengthen its position, it said.
The arrival of this aircraft was celebrated at the Turkish Technic new hangar at Atatürk Airport on Tuesday (November 13). Those in attendance included Turkish Airlines chairman Hamdi Topcu, and general manager Temel Kotil, as well as Turkish Airlines' senior managers, employees and media representatives.
Following the ceremony, the Boeing 737-900, parked in front of the hangar and with a special sticker “200”, entered line service.
Topcu said: "As a company, we continue to achieve our goals one at a time. Our next goal, as we continue to expand, is 300. When we began our expansion in 2003, there were only 54 aircraft in the fleet and we flew to 103 destinations. That number is now 205 cities in 90 countries. The fleet in 2003 required only 651 pilots and 1579 cabin attendants. Those staff numbers now have grown to 2,445 and 5,344.”
Kotil said: ‘’We now fly to 90 different countries around the globe. I am optimistic on our goal of becoming the world’s largest airline network by 2023. We intend to become a 5-star airline and the leading carrier in our region, home to 1.5 billion people.”- TradeArabia News Service
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