For Turkish Airlines employees, aviation first starts as an interest but soon turns into a passion. This passion is kept alive in nearly thirty operations within our organisation.
Thanks to its rich corporate structure and human resources, Turkish Airlines offers a variety of specialty fields to individuals who would like to develop their careers in the company. Our operations constitute parts of a chain and run in an integrated and coordinated way with each other. Loyalty and efficient team work are the foremost common values among our employees. We do our best to make sure that our employees’ personal objectives and their shared values are in harmony with the corporate objectives and culture.
All operations are supported by continuous training programmes. Hence personal development requirements are met and continuity of the corporate development is ensured
As Turkey’s flag-carrier, the mission of Turkish Airlines is to provide air transportation services within the context of the following objectives:
- strengthening the Company’s position as a global airline by expanding its long-distance flight network,
- positioning the Company as a technical service provider by transforming its maintenance unit into a leading maintenance base in the region,
- promoting the Company’s identity as a service provider in all areas of strategic civil aviation, including handling and flight training,
- maintaining the Company’s leading position in domestic air transportation,
- providing non-stop, high-quality air transportation services by collaborating with a global airline alliance that complements its network to further improve the Company’s image abroad and increase marketing opportunities,
- making Istanbul an important hub.
Turkish Airlines was founded under law no. 2186 in ANKARA under the name"STATE AIRLINES ADMINISTRATION" as a department of Ministry of Defence.
KING BIRD (5 SEATS)
2 JUNKERS F-13 (4 SEATS)
1 ATH-9 (10 SEATS)
1935 The administration was turned over to Ministry of Public Works
1938 The name was changed to "General Directorate of State Airlines" and was operated under Ministry of Transportation
1945 DC-3 aircraft joined our fleet
1947 First international flight was Ankara-Istanbul-Athens
01.03.1956 TK was reorganised and operated under a special legislation and renamed Türk Hava Yollari A.O. with a capital of 60 MILLION TL.
1958-1960 F-27 anf VISCOUNT aircraft joined our fleet
1967 First DC-9 jet aircraft joined our fleet and the jet age started
1971 B-707 aircraft leased and joined our fleet
1973 F-27 aircraft replaced with F-28 aircraft
DC-10 aircraft joined our fleet
1974 B-727 aircraft joined our fleet
1984 The company was reclassified as a"STATE ECONOMIC ENTERPRISE" and the capital was raised to 60 BILLION TL
1985 AIRBUS 310 aircraft joined our fleet
1986 Fareast flights started with the addition of the SINGAPORE route to our flight network.
1987 The capital was raised to 150 BILLION TL in July
1988 New York route via Brussels was added to our flight network in August
- The capital was raised to 700 BILLION TL in March
- TK was included within the scope of the privatization in September 1991
- B-737 aircraft joined our fleet
- Registered capital was raised to 2 TRILLION TL in September 1992
- Registered capital was raised to 2.5 TRILLION TL in December 1993
- A-340-300 aircraft joined our fleet in July
- RJ-100 aircraft joined our fleet in July
- First class service started on A-340-300 aircraft in August
- THT (Turkish Air Transportation) incorporated company merged with Turkish Airlines in September 1994
- Issued capital was raised to 6 TRILLION TL in January
- Direct New York flights started in July
- 3rd A-340-300 aircraft joined our fleet in July
- DC-9 aircraft disposed of from our fleet in September
- Registered capital was raised to 6 TRILLION TL in November 1995
- First Class service started on A-310-318 aircraft in February
- Registered capital was raised to 10 TRILLION TL in March
- 3 B-727-200 aircraft were converted to cargo aircraft in July, September and November 1996
- RJ-70 aircraft joined our fleet
- 4 B-727-200 aircraft disposed of from our fleet in April
- 4th A-340-300 aircraft joined our fleet
- Capital was raised to 10 TRILLION TL in May
- Registered capital was raised to 50 TRILLION TL in December 1997
- 5th A-340-300 aircraft joined our fleet
- Block space agreement signed on 31st September with Japan Airlines for Istanbul-Osaka-Istanbul route 1998
- Block space agreement signed with Austrian Airlines for the flights from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir to Vienna in March
- On March 30th Turkish Airlines became a member of "The Qualiflyer Group"
- Paid capital was raised to 30 TRILLION TL in June
- Block space agreement signed with Swissair for the flights from Istanbul to Zurich, Geneva and Basel, from Izmir to Zurich in August
- Block space agreement signed with Croatian Airlines on Istanbul-Zagreb-Istanbul route in September
- Block space agreement signed with Japan Airlines on Istanbul-Tokyo-Istanbul route in November
- First 6 of 26 new generation B-737-800 aircraft joined our fleet in November 1999
- 9 B737-800 aircraft joined our fleet
- Turkish Airlines opened its second maintenance center more than doubling its hangar capacity
- No smoking policy is applied to all our flights in April
- 6th A340-300 aircraft joined our fleet
- Code share agreement signed with Malaysian Airlines on Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur-Istanbul route in September
- Registered capital was raised to 175 TRILLION TL in November 2000
- 7 B-737-800 aircraft joined our fleet
- Code share agreement with Austrian Airlines ended in March
- 7th A340-300 aircraft joined our fleet in April
- Block space agreement signed with Asiana Airlines on Istanbul-Seoul-Istanbul route in May
- First commercial flight to Sydney was operated for the Olympic Games in September
- Code share flights started in October to 10 domestic destinations in the USA via New York, Miami and Chicago as a result of the agreement signed with American Airlines at the end of February
- New Frequent Flyer Program "Miles&Miles" was launched in October
- Code share agreement with Malaysian Airlines ended in October
- Beginning from October 29th
- Block space agreement with Cathay Pacific Airlines on Istanbul-Hong Kong-Istanbul route
- Code share agreement with LOT Polish Airlines on Istanbul-Warsaw-Istanbul route
- Code share agreement with Czech Airlines on Istanbul-Prague-Istanbul route 2001
- 2 B737-800 aircraft joined our fleet
- 6 A-310-200 aircraft sold to Iran Air
- Code Share agreement with Sunexpress signed on Antalya-Frankfurt-Antalya route
- Ankara flights started from Sabiha Gokcen Airport since January
- Reservation Call Center (444 0 THY / 444 0 849) service started. 2002
- 2 B737-800 aircraft joined our fleet
- Pristina flights started on 15th April 2003
- Runway maintenance in Adana Sakir Pasa Airport which began on 4th of November 2002 has been completed on January 15 and Adana flights have begun.
- Because of the maintenance Dalaman Airport closed to flights. From 7 th of January to 30 th of January. Dalaman flights begun on 31 st January after the maintenance has finished.
- Johannesburg-Cape Town flights stopped on March 29.
- Because of the Iraq war, Bahrain flights have been stopped on 17th March, Kuwait flights stopped on 20th March. Kuwait and Bahrain flights have begun in 1st of May.
- Hong Kong flights were terminated because of SARS. Our flights have begun on 30 June again.
- Beijing and Shanghai flights which has been postponed by SARS on April 18 has begun on July 16. On 29th of July frequency of this flights has increased from 2 to 3 in a week.
- New Delhi flights started on 18th of September.
- Sivas flights started on 17th of October.
- Izmir-Adana-Izmir route started on 2 nd of October.
- Respecting to the Codeshare agreementent signed between THY and Air India, Istanbu-New Delhi-Istanbul flights have begun to implemantation with Air India on 3 rd of November.
- THY has become the most reliable airline in AEA ,by having the lowest number of missing baggages in all other AEA member airlines.
- Seat Restriction implamentation on domestic flights for Miles and Miles members has been stopped.
- Electronic ticketing implementation has begun for THY flight crew on 9 th of December.
- On Domestic Flights 30% discount implementation has begun for the passengers that make reservation earlier. 2004
- Turkish Airlines made a TL 214 trillion net profit in 2003.
- Turkish Airlines has started to keep defibrillator on aircraft.
- Turkish Airlines leased 2 A-310 aircraft from World Focus Airlines for the periodic use in order to cover aircraft shortage until the delivery of the ordered aircraft from Airbus and Boeing in August.
- Turkish Airlines declared TL 23.9 trillion profit on the temporary return of income related to the first half of 2004. According to IATA datas; as the international air traffic %20,4 and seat occupancy %13,2 was increasing, the number of the THY’s passenger increased %22,6. At the same period, the total of the domestic passenger was 6,3 million and THY transported %74 of these passengers.
- In September American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, has chosen THY Technical Maintenance Center among the other alternatives in the district and signed a 10 year of aircraft maintenance agreement. This agreement would provide USD 350 million income. Also one of the biggest manufacturer, Honerwell, declared THY’s Maintenance Center as an Authorised Repairement and Maintenance Center for acfm56-7b aircraft’s fuel components for the first time in the world.
- With the opening of Van Airport to flights which has been closed since 21 July 2004 because of the construction, THY has started scheduled Van flights again since 18 September 2004, on Saturday.
- Customer Online Service started on the website, www.turkishairlines.com.tr in September.
- THY made a TL 193 trillion( USD 128 million) profit in the first 9 months of the year. The number of the passengers increased %15,2 as compared to previous period.
- As a result of the agreement with Pakistan Airlines, THY increased İstanbul- Karachi flights from two to four weekly. Pakistan Airlines started İslamabad-İstanbul flights three times weekly. According to this agreement, Pakistan Airlines decided to make technical cooperation with THY on maintenance.
- Domestic flights have been increased in December and the winter season ticket fares were applied reasonably according to Revenue Management model, the balance between supply and demand.
- In the pilgrimage period of this year (15 December-24 February) THY made 623 roundtrip flights out of Turkey for Jeddah and Medina. THY transported nearly 80 tousand pilgrims.
- According to Cunsumer Report declared by AEA in December 2004; THY was the second in Europe about “ontime flights”. The rates indicated that THY succeeded above avarage about ontime flights. According to this report, THY was the second lowest rate of lost baggage. Based on these results, THY was one of the most successful airlines in Europe. 2005
- Domestic ticket fares have been arranged again in 1 February 2005. According to this arrangement, while the previous fare application based on the flight times was continuing, YTL 20.00 discount has been offered for many flights.
- In 2004, THY reached its top in its history about the number of passengers, seat occupancy and the amount of the trannsported cargo. The rate of the number of the passengers increased %15 and rose 12 million as compared with 2003. %5 increase was recorded for the total of the flights. Thus, the seat occupancy in 2004 exceeded the level of %70 for the first time. The amount of the transported cargo rose from 123.400 tons in 2003 to 134.700 tons in 2004. The amount of transported cargo reached its top in its history with %9,1 of increase in one year.
- THY made nearly YTL 110 million ( TL 110 Trillion) profit beyond tax
- Because of the restoration in Gaziantep Airport between 3 March and 3 June 2005, THY directed daily İstanbul-Gaziantep and Ankara-Gaziantep flights to Adana in order to prevent flight shortage.
- The annual inspection of Federal Aiation Authority of United States between 4 February and 18 February was compleately successful. According to the report; many workshops and departments of THY Maintenance Center were faultless. As a result of the report, the current maintenance certificate has been renewed.. The inspection report given by the unique authority of United States pioneering Civil Aviation in the world, certifying that THY can give maintenance service to all American civil airlines by indicating the capacity of the maintenance units are perfect.
- THY started flights in both direction between İstanbul and Casablanca, one of the most imported cities of Morocco, four days weekly on 27 March.
- THY’s Casablanca Office was opened with celebration on 31 March.
- Temel Kotil, Ph.D became CEO of THY. Dr. Candan Karlıtekin elected again as Chairman of the Board. Here are the Members of the Board ( in alphabetical order): Mehmet Büyükekşi, Oğuz Borat, Candan Karlıtekin, Temel Kotil, Hüseyin Atilla Öksüz, Cemal Şanlı, Hamdi Topçu.
- Privatization Bureau has %75,17 of THY’s shares and shareholders and institutioins have %24,83 of the shares.
- The rate of the seat occupancy reached the level of %68,9 in the first quarter of 2005 (January-March) The rate of the number of the passengers increased %22,6 which was the highest rate in the last 10 years, from 2416 to 2961 in the same period last year. That’s a record in the first quarter of year about passenger. In the first 3 months of 2004 the amount of transported cargo rose from 27,9 tousand tons in the same period last year to 29,9 tousand tons in 2005.
- THY has been operating flights from Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Istanbul’s Asian side since 30 April 2004. Flights in both directios between Sabiha Gökçen Airport and İzmir, Trabzon, Adana and Antalya which are the most demanded, have been operated.
- Bilal Ekşi became THY’s Executive V.P. (Ground Operation) on 9 May.
- THY started flights in both directions between İstanbul and Lisbon, one of the most important cities of Portugal, three times weekly on 7 June.
- THY celebrated 72th anniversary.
- THY started flights in both directions between İstanbul, Antalya London Stansted Airport on 14 June.
- THY has increased İstanbul-Kuwait flights from two to four weekly since 1 June.
- THY gave opportunity to university students “pre-career experience” called “111 Days at THY” in the summer
- THY has increased İstanbul- Karachi flights from two to four weekly since 5 June.
- THY started flights to Oslo, the Capital of Norway on 21 June.
- It was decided that INPACT INT/CAN INTERNATIONAL SUPERVISION would carry out the independent limited inspection service between 2005 and 2006 .
- Halil Tokel became Executive V.P. (Commercial)
- THY added Almaata and New Delhi to its cargo service network.
- THY increased flights in both direction between İstanbul and Konya from one to two as applied morning and evening on 22 August.
- THY has started to keep defibrillator to use for a sudden heart attacks on all A-340 lond-range aircraft since August and educated fligth crew
- In October,our service and image was refreshed. The tulip symbolizes the transformation and refreshment.
- THY made YTL 27,5 million profit beyond tax in the first months of 2005.
- İstanbul-Denizli flights have been operating daily since August.
- THY has sponsored Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival which was held 42nd times.
- Discounted fares from YTL 59.00 have been offered special for Ramadan.
- THY started Astana, Kazakhstan flights on 19 October.
- THY applied precautions taken by “ Security Committe” in Atatürk Airport in 12 October when Avian Influenza appeared in Turkey.
- THY undertook transportation of aid materials freely to Pakistan suffered from earthquake.
- THY Sport Club Chess Team became first in Turkey Chess Clubs Championship Final in Konya between 28 September and 3 October and raised to Turkey Super League.
- International World Aviation Authority JAA Maintenance Standardization ( JAA MAST ) gave a report that “ THY was performing at the highest level in terms of Technical Maintenance and Repairement” carried out “flight Safety Inspection” in Turkey.
- THY has been offering passengers different price alternatives through the new model since 1 November.
- THY leased 2 MD-83 aircraft instead of RJ100 aircraft from World Focus Airlines.
- THY decided to open up 23 new international destinations with increasing fleet by 59 new aircraft.
- THY published awarded “Customer Satisfaction Survey” during one month on the web site ( www.thy.com.tr / www.thy.com ) aiming to offerits passengers higher quality service through passenger’s demands and suggestions..
- Foundation of THY HABOM A.S , THY TEKNİK AS, THY EGİTİM were decided.
- THY planned to transport 90 tousand candidate pilgrims in 2006 pilgrimage season.
- THY started flights in both directions between Ankara and Samsun and also Istanbul and Kars on 17 December 2005.
- The first 3 aircraft of 59 bought from Airbus and Boeing ; the new generation Boeing 737-800, Airbus 320 and the first Airbus 330 in Turkey joined to our fleet in 15 December.
- In 15 December, THY’s counters in Ataturk Airport have been arranged again to provide its passengers to board practically to their aircraft without waisting time.
- Ankara Esenboga Airport Domestic Terminal (Terminal B) ,has been opened to service since 19 December 2005, after all the construction and maintenance have been compleated due to fire in 13 November 2005.
- 59 number of aircraft was ordered. 2006
- THY started flights to Ljubljana in Slovenia on 16 January.
- THY started flights to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates on 22 January.
- The inspection of US Civilian Aviation Authority between 23-27 January was successful. As a result of this inspection, ‘Aircraft Maintenance Authority Certificate’ of THY has been renewed.
- Turkish Airlines started flights to Dusanbe in Tajikistan on 26 January.
- Turkish Airlines returned TC-THM, RJ100 aircraft to England on 01 February.
- THY started flights to Rostov in Russian Federation 03 February.
- THY started flights to Sanaa in Yemen Arab Republic 03 February.
- THY started flights to Donetsk in Ukranie on 07 February.
- THY started flights to Tebriz in Iran on 15 February.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGI, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing.This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 26 February at 10:00 AM.
- THY started flights to Kazan in Russian Federation on 28 February.
- Coşkun Kılıç became THY’s V.P.Financial on March.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGJ, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing.This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 01 March on 10:30 AM.
- THY started flights to Serbia And Montenegr Belgrade on 13 March.
- THY started flights to Russian Federation St Petersburg on 15 March.
- THY started flights to Finland Helsinki on 19 March.
- THY started flights to Oman Muscat (via Doha ) on 24 March.
- THY started flights to Qatar Doha (via Muscat ) on 24 March.
- Turkish Airlines returned TC-THD, RJ100 aircraft to England on 28 March.
- THY started flights to Italy Venice on 31 March.
- THY started flights to Ireland Dublin on 07 April.
- THY started flights to Latvia Riga on 19 April.
- THY started flights to Ethiopia Adis Ababa (via Khaotoum) on 22 April.
- THY started flights to Sudan Khaotoum (via Adis Ababa) on 22 April.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGK, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on 27 April on 10:15 AM.
- THY started flights to Russian Federation Yekaterinburg on 26 April.
- THY took delivery of TC-JLM, A319-132 aircraft from Airbus. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 27 April.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGL, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing.This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 28 April.
- THY took delivery of TC-JLN, A319-132 aircraft from Airbus. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 28 April.
- THY started flights to Ukranie Dnipropetrovsk on 28 April.
- The inspection of IOSA Program which is the aviation securty standard, was compleately successful. According to this inspection Turkish Airlines has been the first ‘‘ IOSA Operator ’’ of Turkey.
- THY started flights to India Mumbai on 05 May.
- THY has been started to sale tickets on the phone.
- Istanbul Tecnical University – Turkish Airlines Tecnical Design Office opened and began to activity under Istanbul Tecnical University Aeronatical and Space Science Faculty.
- THY took delivery of TC-JNC, A330-203 aircraft from Airbus. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 11 May.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGM, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 18 May.
- THY’s new CIP lounge was opened at Atatürk Airport in May 2006
- A new company of THY with the name ‘‘Technic INC.’’ was founded at 23.05.2006 with the %100 percent share of the THY.The company is founded with the 271.325.800 YTL real capital.
- THY started flights to Byelorussion Minsk on 25 May
- THY took delivery of TC-JGN, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 28 May.
- THY started flights to Japan Osaka on 14 June.
- THY President and Chief Executive Officer Temel Kotil attended to IATA’s Membership of the Board of Governors On June 2006.
- THY took the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Certificate at 19 June.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGO and TC-JGP, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing. These aircraft have landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 30 June.
- Turkish Airlines returned TC-THE, RJ100 aircraft to England on 06 July
- THY took delivery of TC-JRA, A321-231aircraft from Airbus. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 13 July
- THY started flights to Nigeria Lagos on 27 July.
- THY took delivery of TC-JGR and TC-JGS, B737-800 aircraft from Boeing. These aircraft have landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 28 July.
- THY took delivery of TC-JND, A330-203 aircraft from Airbus. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 29 June.
- THY took delivery of TC-JNE, A330-203 aircraft from Airbus. This aircraft has landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on 29 July.
- THY started to direct flights to Singapore as from 1 August 2006.
- Due to the Code-Share Agreement Signed between THY and Kenya Airways(KQ) Nairobi-İstanbul-Nairobi flights were started as from 1 August 2006.
- THY decided to join Star Alliance at 4 August.