An adventure in the sky that began in 1933
Back in 1933, the Turkish Airlines adventure began; an endeavor to unite people, cultures, continents, countries, and cities whilst providing new, inspiring travel experiences for all. On the 20th of May 1933, we took to the skies as State Airlines Administration. Leading the way, Türkiye’s first aviator and chief executive, Fesan Evrensev, set out with a mere 30 employees and 5 aircraft.
In 1947, proudly flying the Turkish national flag, we conducted our first overseas flight, from Istanbul to Athens. Making headway in 1951, our fleet increased to 33 aircraft and we began to fly to new destinations: Nicosia, Beirut, and Cairo.
In 1955, taking the name of Turkish Airlines, we signed a document listing our extraordinary achievements. Furthermore, our name gained its ranks alongside the members of IATA, the International Air Transport Association.
Exclusive services across the globe
In 1998, the Turkish Airlines website was launched. In 2001, we put our call center into service. Purchasing tickets became a lot easier in 2003 with the application of e-tickets and check-in. Turkish Airlines corporate website launched with a new interface on turkishairlines.com.
Customers can now view our website in English, German, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, China and Russian amongst other languages.
It currently takes less than a minute for customers to book tickets on our user-friendly mobile application that is visited by millions daily.
Travels of a remarkable standard
Customer satisfaction is our top priority and we put the utmost care into ensuring that your journey runs as smoothly as possible.
In 2000, we brought you Miles&Smiles, providing exclusive privileges. In 2008, Turkish Airlines joined the global airline confederation, Star Alliance. Upgrades to our catering services aiming to maximize your travel experience. Our collaboration with Turkish Do&Co provides passengers with delicious meals above the clouds specially made by the flying chefs.
Our in-flight entertainment system is jam-packed with the latest movies, music, games and more providing our passengers with a pleasant, fun-filled journey. Additionally, passengers stay connected to the world with the in-flight Wi-Fi service we offer.
We fly to more countries than any other airline
Keeping up to date with technology is an essential component of our innovation aims and in maintaining that we have the youngest and most modern fleet in Europe. Our fleet had flourished thanks to our high-tech, fuel-efficient and environmentally conscious aircraft purchases that provide a high level of comfort.
Due to our unrivaled flight network, young and modern fleet, comfortable seats and delicious treats, we have earned the title of the Best Airline in Europe. With great passion and ambition, we fly to almost all countries around the world. We thrive on the unique discoveries we deliver to our passengers. Turkish Airlines has engraved its name with exciting world-renowned sponsorships and advertisements.
Our growing passion over the years has earned us the title of the airline that flies to most countries in the world. Today we conduct flights to 120 countries from our new home, Istanbul Airport, with a young fleet of 388 aircraft. We proudly carry the Turkish flag across the globe, opening doors to the wider world for our passengers.