Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 by the government of Turkey and started life with mainly five, four and one seater planes! Its headquarters are based in Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. In 1945, the first Douglas DC-3 was used on their first international flight from Ankara to Istanbul to Athens and has gone from strength to strength ever since, becoming part of the Star Alliance in 2006.
Check In Information
Turkish Airlines operates a self-check-in kiosk service at the airport as well as online check-in. If you are checking in at the airport, be sure to arrive at least 2 hours before your allotted departure time for international flights or 90 minutes for domestic. If you are using the online check-in service, you can do so from 24 hours up to 90 minutes before your flight departs.
As with all carriers, there are strict conditions when it comes to how much luggage you can take on a flight. Always check with the airline before you travel. For up to date information on baggage allowance and charges, go to the Turkish Airlines website.
What’s Included and What’s Not
On most flights Turkish Airlines provide either a snack or a full meal, depending on the length of the flight. There is inflight entertainment in the shape of TV programmes, films and music channels as well as video games to play. You also get an in-flight magazine, free drink and a very friendly crew!
Reasons to Fly…
1/ The food is excellent – particularly in Business Class on long-haul, but it’s free in Economy too!
2/ Many of the planes have power sockets to charge your many gadgets – nifty.
3/ There are some great value flights to be had to destinations all over Turkey
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