Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 by the government of Turkey, starting life with just five, four and one-seater planes. 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. With headquarters based in Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines now operates scheduled flights to over 41 domestic and 206 international airports throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. Turkish Airlines is the fourth largest carrier in the world in terms of number of destinations, with over 247 tempting locations to choose from.
The following information is correct as of July 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
How to Check In
Turkish Airlines offer an online check-in service, available from 24 hours and up to 90 minutes before take-off. This enables passengers to print their boarding pass before travelling. They can also be printed free of charge at one of the airline’s airport Kiosks. Simply go to the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the website to check-in online. Customers can also check-in at any Turkish Airline counter at the airport two hours before departure of their flight. For airport check-in, at least 2 hours before he allotted departure time should be allowed for international flights, or 90 minutes for domestic.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
There is a free cabin baggage allowance on all Turkish Airline flights. This is limited to any bag not exceeding 8 kg in weight and 55cm x 40cm x 23cm in dimension. Unlike many other airlines this does not include laptops, baby bags and coats. Hold luggage also comes with a free allowance that varies depending on the type of ticket. Economy passengers can expect 20kg while Business class passengers are allowed up to 30kg in weight. Excess baggage is charged at between 3 and 3o Euro depending on the destination.
Seating on Turkish Airlines planes is fairly generous. Standard Economy seats flyers 32 inches of leg room, Premier class a massive 46 inches of while in First Class get an ‘almost horizontal’ 90 inches of space. Fully reclining flat-beds are available to all travellers in Business Class. When checking-in with Turkish Airlines, either online or at the airport, seating can be specified for no additional charge.
Turkish Airlines charge a rather steep £15 ‘administrative’ booking fee.
Service on Board
On most flights Turkish Airlines provide either a snack or a full meal, depending on the length of the flight. Being Turkish, the food is actually surprisingly good for in-flight food. Special dietary needs are catered for while even domestic travellers can enjoy an authentic Turkish mezze while in Business Class it’s all about fine dining with full restaurant service, welcome drinks and personal chefs. There is in-flight entertainment in the form of TV programmes, films and music channels as well as video games to play. An in-flight magazine, free drink and a very friendly crew all come as standard.
According to Flight Stats, Turkish Airlines achieved an overall on-time punctuality rating of 83%.
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