Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotiil told (03-Jun-2013) CAPA on the sidelines of the IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town that the carrier plans to add three destinations to its US network in summer 2014. He says services are expected to be launched from Istanbul to Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco in the Jun-2013/Jul-2013 timeframe. Mr Kotil says the expansion of its US network as well as new flights to Latin America, Asia and Australia are made possible by expansion of its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. He says the carrier is committed to adding 20 777-300ERs over the next four years with the first batch slated for delivery in 2014. Turkish currently operates 14 777-300ERs, according to CAPA’s Fleet Database. Turkish currently serves five US destinations – Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York JFK, Washington Dulles. Mr Kotil says the resumption of service to Miami remains on Turkish’s “list” but for now the carrier will proceed with adding Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco.
IATA AGM 2013: Turkish Airlines plans Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco services
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