Turkish Airlines, a Turkey-based airline company, has topped the league table in terms of the number of countries that it serves.
According to the Official Airline Guide, a UK based provider of aviation information and analytics, with the addition of new routes, Turkish Airline is currently flying to 90 countries worldwide, which is more than any other airline.
In 2012, the airline has added around 30 new routes and currently flies to 205 destinations in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. The company has also added the 200th aircraft to its fleet.
Hamdi Topcu, the chairman of Turkish Airlines, said recently, ‘We intend to become a five-star airline and the leading carrier in our region, home to 1.5 billion people. As a company, we continue to achieve our goals one at a time. We first celebrated the arrival of our 100th aircraft and now we have reached our next goal of 200 aircraft in our fleet. Our next goal, as we continue to expand, is 300.’
Temel Kotil, the airline president and chief executive officer, said, ‘I am more than optimistic that we will reach our goal to become the world’s largest airline network by 2023. We intend to become a five-star airline and the leading carrier in our region, home to 1.5 billion people.’
The airline is currently offering special fares to Istanbul, from Edinburgh, in Scotland, for GBP179 per person, and from Manchester Airport to Middle East destinations including Abu Dhabi, and Dubai for £342 per person.
Established in 1933 the airline is a member of the Star Alliance, and is the winner of awards in the category of Best Airline Europe, Best Premium Economy Seats for its Comfort Class seats, and Best Airline Southern Europe in 2011 and 2012, organised by Skytrax.