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Turkish Airlines is the country’s flag carrier airline. By 2022, it will be the largest mainline carrier in the world by passenger destinations, with scheduled routes to 340 locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The airline travels to 126 countries, more than any other airline, and serves more non-stop destinations from a single airport than any other airline in the world. Turkish Cargo, the airline’s cargo branch, operates a fleet of 24 cargo aircraft that fly to 82 destinations. 

The Turkish Airlines General Management Building is where the airline’s corporate offices are located. It is situated on the premises of Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy, Bakrköy, Istanbul. Since 1 April 1, 2008, it has been a part of the Star Alliance network. 

Turkish State Airlines, a division of the Ministry of National Defense, was founded as Turkish Airlines on May 20, 1933. 

The airline was restructured by the Turkish government in 1956 and given the name Türk Hava Yollar A.O. It had a 60 million TRY capitalization. Soon after, the airline became a member of the IATA (International Air Transport Association). 

In 1967, it started using a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 as its primary aircraft. Three Boeing 707 aircraft were added in 1971 as a result. 

The main source of foreign exchange for Turkey was Turkish Airlines. It started using Airbus A310 aircraft in 1985, which made it possible to add operations to Singapore in 1986. In 1987, a route via Brussels to New York City was added. 

By entering into marketing agreements with Asiana Airlines, American Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Czech Airlines, and Cathay Pacific in 2000, Turkish Airlines continued to broaden its international reach. 

It had to stop operating some routes in the Persian Gulf as a result of the conflict in Iraq in 2003, and the SARS pandemic forced them to stop flying to Asia. 

This airline joined the 20-member Star Alliance on April 1, 2008, following an 18-month integration process that had started in December 2006. It was the alliance’s seventh airline from Europe. 

It predicted a loss of 10 million passengers overall for 2016 while announcing a profit collapse to a loss of 198 million euros for the second quarter of that year in August 2016. 

This airline will operate flights to 340 locations in 129 nations by the year 2022, including 12 domestic and 53 international destinations. 

Turkish Airlines’ frequent flyer program, Miles & Smiles, was launched in 2000 when the carrier quit Qualiflyer. On flights operated by Turkish Airlines as well as by the full Star Alliance network, earned points can be redeemed. 

A particular program designed for corporations is the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club. Members of the club can simply plan business trips with exclusive privileges. A component of the Universal Air Travel Plan Network is the Corporate Club (UATP). 


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