Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines operates a fantastic choice of flights from Manchester and London to its hub at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and beyond.
From December 2008, Turkish Airlines is also set to offer flights to and from Birmingham in the West Midlands.
The airline boasts an extensive flight network covering Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and the United States while a domestic flights service within Turkey is also available.
In the spring of 2008, the carrier became a member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance on the globe founded by Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.
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In October 2008, the airline announced massive expansion plans, launching a tender to buy 105 planes by 2023. It said in a statement it asked the world's two largest aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing to start submitting bids.
Turkish Airlines' loyalty card programme, Miles & Smiles, is a great way for passengers to save money on future flights. Reward points can be earned by flying with Turkish Airlines and other Star Alliance member airlines and using their associated hotels and car rental services.
As well as earning reward points to spend against future flights, holding a Miles & Smiles card gives passengers access to some exclusive special offers and services, with the range of benefits increasing with the different levels of card available.
Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933, and as such has many years of experience of providing great customer service and high quality flights.
Economy class passengers on international flights can look forward to delicious meals, the size of which is dependent on the length of their journey.
On short-haul services, a snack box service including sandwiches and a dessert is offered to customers, while on longer flights, passengers can enjoy trying Turkish Airlines' exclusive international cuisine. Special meals are also available to order in advance for those with specific dietary needs.
Business class meals are of a similarly high quality, but with a little extra luxury thrown in. Sparking wine and chilled orange juice is offered to passengers before takeoff, while a selection of fine wines is available to choose from on board the flight.
Turkish Airlines' business class service is a great option for those who don't mind paying a little extra for their airfare. Benefits of the service include separate check-in counters and access to the business class airport lounge, which provides TV, fax, music and unlimited catering services before the flight.
Passengers flying with either class are provided with the latest films and a choice of music channels to suit every taste and keep them entertained throughout the flight.
An online check-in service is also available for Turkish Airlines flights, which allows participating customers to check in from the comfort of their own home or office, thus reducing the amount of time spent waiting around in the airport.
The airline operates its flights using a fleet of modern and efficient aircraft, including A310 aeroplanes, A330 aeroplanes and Boeing 737s. As of September 2008, its fleet totalled 116 aircraft including three cargo planes.
Catering Services (Domestic Routes):
The Economy Class menus are Sandwiches (With: White Cheese, Balkan Cheese, Salami, Tuna Fish, etc.) previously presented in a basket are being presented in a box which also includes an Eti or Ãælker brand sweet, hazelnuts, a 125 cc-glass of water and a moist towell. Based on the passenger recommendations Turkish Airlines began to serve cracker with the salads (with chicken, cheese, etc) which are served alternately for the flights after breakfast hours.
For the flights between 21:00 and 23:59 hours Turkish Airlines begin to serve Eti Crax as a lighter alternative instead of sandwiches in the new domestic boxes. Some of the stated products are loaded alternately according to departure time and date of the flights alternately so all of them would not be available at the same time on the same flight. Furthermore box contents are changed according to operational conditions.If you want the very cheapest airfares that Turkish Airlines can offer, be sure to book through Major Travel.