Having been a dominant force in the global economy since its inception in 1933, Turkish Airlines flies to just about all destinations in the world today. It is the flag-bearer of Turkey with a vast fleet of both cargo and passenger planes (334 aircraft). Flying to 50 local and 244 international destinations perched in 123 countries, Turkish Airlines boasts a four-star service rating.
Currently, Turkish Airlines flies an average of 90 million passengers per year. For travelers who prioritize safety, the airline has enforced comprehensive security measures when entering Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Turkish Airlines is an official member of the Star Alliance, which affords flyers mileage benefits when they travel via alliance airlines. The program enables passengers to redeem miles for hotel bookings, car rentals, cabin upgrades, and free flights.
True to its service motto 'Widen your World,' Turkish Airlines has some of the best business and Economy Class amenities in the world, while doing it at a bargain. It offers different in-class foods, impressive lounges, and luxurious cabins.
The airline offers both Economy and Business Class. Seats in Business Class offer excellent passenger comfort, with limitless access to a power supply, private screening area, reading lamp, and in-chair massage. More unique features include a rotating table and a selection of buttons to adjust the armchair position.
Passengers will savor the exciting experience offered in the Turkish Airline's Business Class, with top-notch entertainment systems, ergonomic legroom, first-rate cuisine, an on-board chef, round-trip chauffeurs, and competitive fares compared with any other European airline.
For Star Economy Class flyers, the travel perks are even more enticing. It provides stunning cabin resources for both kids and adults- double-level atrium, live Turkish cooking stations, video gaming, golf simulator, and a fully-stocked food court.
Turkish airlines also provides a host of luxurious trappings in Economy Class, with free amenity kits, printed menus, USB charger ports, ample legroom, and reclining seat of 19cm. Built-in Ethernet jacks are fitted in every position for on-board appliance recharge. Footrests are convertible while headrests are a bit adjustable for premium comfort.
Turkish Airlines Lounge (Business) is situated at the new Istanbul Airport. It provides passengers with a pleasurable selection of award-wining dishes, ultra-modern suites, free WiFi access, comfortable couches, and all-in-one restrooms where passengers can take a refreshing shower. Additionally, the in-house museum takes luxury to the next level.
The airline provides travelers with a wide range of online services, including ticket booking, flight status management, and payment and hotel bookings.
Turkish Airlines' online check-ins commence 24-hours before flight take-off and end 90 minutes before departure. For domestic travel, passengers should arrive 1 hour before scheduled take-off. International travelers need to avail themselves at the airport 2-3 hours before flight departure.
All Business Class passengers are permitted to bring along baggage, but must abide with the Turkish Airlines allowance policy:
Checked-luggage - Size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm, Weight: 2 bags (each 35 kg/ 70 lbs)
Carry-on luggage- Size: 23x40x55 cm, Weight: 2 bags (each 8 kg/ 17 lbs)
Passengers in this class can carry cabin baggage as long as it doesn't interfere with the security of fellow travelers. Luggage allowance in this category include:
Checked luggage- Size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm, Weight: 1 bag (23 kgs/ 50 lbs)
Carry-on luggage- Size: 55 x 40 x 23 cm, Weight: 1 bag (8 kg/17 lbs)
All luggage must meet size and weight criteria before being allowed into the cabin. Passengers under the Miles & Smiles flyer program are eligible for additional benefits; one is allowed to take an extra piece of checked luggage for free once they attain the Elite status.
The lap infant carry-on policy permits infants to take one more piece of luggage, not exceeding 8 kg/ 17.6 lbs. However, strollers are not allowed in the cabin area.
A collapsible stroller can be ferried for free as part of a checked-luggage, and should be cleared at the gate or the check-in desk.
For any luggage exceeding 23 kg/ 50 lbs, Turkish Airlines charges an extra fee of $80 depending on the piece concept and the flight route. Overweight bags are billed $4.50 - $36.00 per kg. For international journeys, passengers carrying an extra suitcase will part with $160 - $290.
Any music instruments carried on a cabin seat must weigh more than 75 kg/165 lbs and be of dimensions 50 × 50 × 67 cm. More astronomical music instruments must be ferried as checked luggage. If a sports equipment exceeds 32 kgs, Turkish Airlines will split it into two baggage pieces, each charged differently.