Turkish Airlines (THY) will add 11 new international flight destinations within 2008

THY will start direct flights to Toronto (Canada), Washington (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Aleppo (Syria), Birmingham (Britain), Lahore (Pakistan), Atyrau (Kazakhstan), Oran (Algeria), Lvov (Ukraine), Ufa (Russia) and Alexandria (Egypt).

Turkish Airlines, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world.

Turkish Airlines, Inc. (Türk Hava Yolları Anonim Ortaklığı) (THY) was established on 1933 is the national airline of Turkey based in Istanbul. It operates a network of scheduled services to 107 international and 32 domestic cities, serving a total of 139 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. THY with it s 100 aircrafts with avarage age of 7 years it has one of the youngest fleet in Europe.

SunExpress Airlines, established in 1989 as a partnership between Turkish Airlines and the German Lufthansa Company, will add Istanbul to its domestic and international flight hubs after Antalya and Izmir. SunExpress is set to launch scheduled flights this summer from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport.

Two aircraft will be based in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport will be flying to Adana, Antalya, Diyarbakir, Erzurum, Kars, Trabzon and Van on domestic routes and to the German cities of Nurnberg, Cologne and Hannover.

The company also plans to increase its fleet from 14 to 17 aircraft aircraft from Boeing. SunExpress General Manager Paul Schwaiger said “Adding Istanbul flights will be strategic move for our company, by doing so we aim to become a leading private airline company in regional flights.”

Pegasus Airlines Chairman Ali Sabanci said it was wrong to consider the civil aviation responsible for the Atlasjet air crash, daily Vatan reported yesterday. “After the Atlasjet air crash in Isparta, the incident has cost private airlines a lot for two months,” Sabanci was quoted as saying.

“We are currently in low season so it’s difficult for us to say how much regression occurred because of the incident. Our flight fullness is around 66 percent but the accident has created trouble in the sector,” he said.