Turkish Airlines - Turk Hava Yollari (THY)

Turkish Airlines or the Turk Hava Yollari was first established as the State Airlines Administration - Devlet Hava Yollari in 1933. It first began as a domestic service. International operations were started in 1947 with the first flight to Athens. The real long distance flights to the Far East and the Atlantic began much later in 1987.

Most American visitors arrive in Turkey by flying directly into Istanbul and traveling on domestic flights from there. Turkish Airlines fly non-stop from New York or Chicago into Istanbul Ataturk, taking just over 10 hours. Thanks to a deal with American Airlines, you can connect to these flights from 15 major US cities. Delta Airlines is the only US-based carrier flying direct to Turkey. Most European-based airlines fly from North America with stopovers in Europe.

For international travel, Turkish Airline or 'THY' is a popular choice because it has domestic flights from Istanbul and Ankara Airports to all the major towns and tourist resorts in Turkey. On a long haul flight, you get good food, a variety of drinks and even the economy class travelers get a care kit consisting of slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.

If you wish to travel on their domestic flights during your stay in Turkey, it is advisable to make reservations from within Turkey itself rather than from your home country as it will work out much cheaper.

Today, THY is also a popular cargo carrier. The Turkish Airlines Cargo Automation System makes for fast and accurate communication between the different parties involved in the shipment of goods and this makes it very reliable. Turkish Airlines is a very popular airline to carry goods like textile products, flowers, livestock, leather, fruits and precious metals.
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