The rise of Turkish Airlines, and the establishment of Istanbul as an aviation hub to rival Dubai and Abu Dhabi, continues to gain momentum.
Flying to more international destinations and countries than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines last week launched direct flights between Istanbul and Bali, operating the service with the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Turkish Airlines spokesman, Kerem Sarp said, “By inaugurating direct flights to Bali, our second destination in Indonesia, we keep strengthening our mission to reach all corners of the world.”
Turkish Airlines, founded in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, currently has more than 330 aircraft, including passenger and cargo planes.
It flies to 310 destinations in 124 countries. Last year, Turkish Airlines carried 75.2 million passengers with a seat occupancy rate of 82%.
Istanbul Airport, which officially opened in March this year, has the potential to move 90 million passengers annually, and following the second phase of construction - expected to be completed in 2023 - the number will rise to around 200 million.