Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national flag carrier was founded in Ankara on May 20, 1933 under the name of "State Airlines Administration" and started its operations depending on Ministry of Defense. In 1955, it was restructured into "Turkish Airlines". 25% of the company is sold under the privatization program in 2005. Today 49.1 % of the company is owned by Privatization Administration and the rest of the shares are on free float.
Turkish Airlines, one of the fastest growing airline companies of Europe has put signature to the record by new routes and joined Star Alliance on April 1st, 2008.
Turkish Airlines, with fleet consisted of 300 aircraft (passenger and cargo); organize flights to total 283 points including 235 in international and 49 domestic lines. Thus, Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance network which was established in 1997.
In order to keep alive its brand equity, which provides a serious advantage in terms of competition, Turkish Airlines focuses on the investments that support its brand equity such as offering quality, entertainment systems within the aircrafts, comfortable seats, aesthetics and quality of presentation, investments in personnel having high profiles. THY follows the technological innovations and, with its developing and growing fleet, carries out works that also support the training of its employees.
Turkish Airlines, which acts with the awareness and responsibility of being flag carrier of Turkey, regards flight safety and service quality as its two indispensable items. For this reason, it continues its studies for flight safety and service quality without any interruption. Of these studies by the evaluation of Skytrax; Our Company which has the title holder of four stars airlines actually; keeps going on studies in order to get the degree of 5 stars airlines.
With the awareness of the responsibility given by the mission of being a pioneer undertaken by Turkish Airlines, the airline is determined to carry its leader identity in the sector forward. Furthermore it maintains its target of becoming regional leader and a global airlines company prominent in Europe which is preferred for its service quality, trustworthiness and competitive power.
In addition to Europe, Turkish Airlines has also strategic network expansion into the Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, Middle East, Africa and North and South America. One of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Turkish Airlines holds a strategic position between East and West around the globe.
Turkish Airlines also won SkyTrax Award for the Best Airline in Southern Eurpope on April 2, 2009. Turkish Airlines achieved a great success by winning the "Skytrax World Aviation Award 2009" known as the Oscar of Aviation industry.
Turkish Airlines wins SkyTrax Award for the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" as the airline achieved the same great success last year. The global airline won the SkyTrax Award, known as the "Passengers Choice Awards," for the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" consistently in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Skytrax named Turkish Airlines "Best Premium Economy Seats in the world" for its Comfort Class seats.
Turkish Airlines flies to more countries in the world than any other airline (108 countries over five continents) according to UMB's Official Airline Guide. In 2013, Turkish Airlines, was named "Best Airline in Europe" by Skytrax. A winner of the "World's Best Economy Class On-Board Catering" award, Turkish Airlines was also the recipient of the Skytrax "Best Business Class Catering" award in 2013. In 2014, Turkish Airlines has been chosen "Best Airline in Europe" in last four years and awarded "Best Business Class Onboard Catering", "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" by Skytrax in 2014 World Airline Awards. In 2015, Turkish Airlines has been chosen "Europe' s Best Airline " for the fifth and awarded "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time.