Turkish Airlines’ United States expansion continues with the launch of nonstop service from Atlanta to Istanbul in 2016

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“Europe’s Best Airline”* for five years in succession to serve World’s busiest airport by passenger traffic.**

Turkish Airlines announced today the launch of service between Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The nonstop route from Atlanta will be the carrier’s second gateway in the Southeastern United States, following its nonstop service that is set to launch in late October from Miami International Airport.

Momentum in the U.S. continues for the airline as Atlanta will become Turkish Airlines 9th U.S. gateway providing one-stop connections to over 270 destinations worldwide in 110 countries through its Istanbul hub.

The city of Atlanta will also become the 13th destination in Americas for Turkish Airlines, the first airline in the world for number of countries and international destinations reached.

“The opening of our Atlanta gateway means that we will now be connecting the World’s Busiest Airport to the World with only one connection,” said Ahmet Olmustur, CMO of Turkish Airlines. “We believe that the level of award-winning service and amenities we provide will continue to add a significant value to the defining of the passenger experience and what travelers have come to expect from long-haul international flights,” he added.

The new daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Istanbul will launch on May 16, 2016 and be operated using the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Turkish Airlines hub at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport is a geographically attractive, “natural” transfer point that offers connections to over 140 cities within a 3-hour flight. The airport is also home to Turkish Airlines’ award-winning lounge, which caters to virtually every passenger need — whether it’s to sit quietly or find activities that help pass the pre-flight time. The lounge concept provides a wide range of activities and services that will bring additional satisfaction to customers with diverse requirements.

Flights to Istanbul are available for sale via http://www.turkishairlines.com and are scheduled as follows;
Flight No.    ------------ Days ------------ Departure ------ Arrival
TK31 ---- Every day of the week ---- IST 13:30 ---- ATL 19:10
TK32 ---- Every day of the week ---- ATL 22:00 ---- IST 16:55 +1

All times are in LMT.
*Skytrax survey of 2015.
**Airports Council International (ACI).

About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 280 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 275 destinations worldwide with 227 international and 48 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2015, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on http://www.turkishairlines.com.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit http://www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.

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