Turkish Airlines and Philippine Airlines In Code Share Agreement

Turkish Airlines and Philippine Airlines have jointly announced the start of a code-sharing partnership effective as of July 1, 2015 that enables both flag carriers to tap into new markets and offer their passengers more travel options.

Turkish Airlines currently has three operations weekly on Istanbul-Manila v.v. route on which Philippine Airlines will place its marketing code while Turkish Airlines will be marketing Manila-Cebu v.v. and Manila-Davao v.v. flights operated by Philippine Airlines, at the initial stage of their cooperation. The parties intend to expand the code-share agreement when the frequencies of the operations between the two countries are increased. Such an expansion of the code-share agreement will allow passengers to benefit from better connectivity and increased travel flexibility between the Philippines and Turkey, and beyond the carriers’ respective networks.


Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines will work in cooperation to contribute tourism and cultural exploration, and to promote business travel between the Philippines and Turkey.

“We’re delighted to partner with one of the world’s leading carriers, Turkish Airlines. For starters, this agreement enables both partner-carriers to further boost tourism and business travel between Istanbul and Manila, and the beyond Manila routes” said Philippine Airlines president and COO Jaime J. Bautista.

“We are extremely pleased to sign this code-share agreement with Philippine Airlines and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through the networks of both airlines. Additionally, we believe that this partnership with Philippines Airlines will bring enormous benefit to both airlines from a commercial perspective in rapidly growing relations between our countries” said Temel KOTIL Ph.D. deputy chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines.

Source: http://www.arabianaerospace.aero

Philippines Welcomes Turkish Airlines

ARRIVED. Turkish Airlines maiden, direct flight from Istanbul arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1, 6:40 pm Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Lynda C. Corpuz/Rappler
ARRIVED. Turkish Airlines maiden, direct flight from Istanbul arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1, 6:40 pm Monday, March 30, 2015. Photo by Lynda C. Corpuz/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Turkish Airlines’ maiden direct Istanbul-Manila flight arrived at 6:40 pm Monday, March 30 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA 1).

Flight TK084 from Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the culmination of an expanded air services agreement between the Philippines and Turkey signed in November 2014.

The approximately 12-hour flight is scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, arriving in Manila at 6 pm and departing for Istanbul at 8:50 pm, utilizing Airbus A340s.

Businessmen, tourists, and transit passengers seeking a gateway to Europe are the target clients of the direct Istanbul-Manila flight. Turkey is accessible to 3 continents – Asia, Europe, and Africa, providing for seamless transfers.

The Philippines is the 109th country in Turkish Airlines’ network, with Manila as its 264th destination, and the 32nd point in its network in Asia and the Far East.

In a statement, Turkish Airlines Chief Executive Officer Temel Kotil said the airline is leveraging on global renewed interest in the Philippines, particularly its economic growth in years.

“We’re very excited to bring our renowned inflight services to Filipinos, and we hope that our new flights to Manila will boost trade between our two countries,” Kotil said.

A total of 3,731 tourists from Turkey visited the Philippines in 2013, data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed.

Philippine Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon Jr said: “Finally, the long wait is over. The traveling public has been waiting for this.”

Bengzon added that with the direct flight, DOT is now eyeing to double tourist arrivals from Turkey.

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported 3,581 tourists from the Philippines in 2014.

Source: Rappler

World Airline Awards 2014: World’s Top 10 Airlines

World's best airlines for 2014
World’s best airlines for 2014

World’s Top 10 Airlines 

1. Cathay Pacific Airways

2. Qatar Airways

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Emirates

5. Turkish Airlines

6. ANA All Nippon Airways

7. Garuda Indonesia

8. Asiana Airlines

9. Etihad Airways

10. Lufthansa


Best Inflight Entertainment

1. Emirates

2. Singapore Airlines

3. Turkish Airlines

4. Qantas

5. Cathay Pacific Airways

6. Virgin Atlantic

7. Qatar Airways

8. Air New Zealand

9. Virgin Australia

10. Etihad Airways


Best Cabin Crew

1. Garuda Indonesia

2. Cathay Pacific

3. Singapore Airlines

4. Asiana Airlines

5. Malaysia Airlines

6. Qatar Airways

7. EVA Air

8. ANA All Nippon Airways

9. Thai Airways

10. Hainan Airlines


Best Low Cost Carrier

1. AirAsia

2. Jetstar Airways

3. Virgin America

4. AirAsia X

5. Indigo

6. Norwegian

7. Jetstar Asia

8. easyJet

9. WestJet

10. Azul Airlines

Souce: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/traveller-tips/worlds-best-airline-named-at-2014-skytrax-awards-20140716-3c0a2.html#ixzz38p1MQQzk

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