ISTANBUL, December 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Having one of the Youngest Fleets in the World, Turkish Airlines Launches New Destinations With Youths in Mind as Well
Turkish Airlines, "Europe's Best Airline" for six consecutive years according to the recent Skytrax results, flying to more countries than any other airline, continues to grow by adding new destinations to its consistently expanding network.
With existing services to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Panama, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Miami and Atlanta Turkish Airlines has just added flights to Havana and Caracas as its 16th and 17th destinations in the Americas.
The inaugural flight from Istanbul got water cannon salute in both airports with a ceremony graced by Mr. Mehmet Buyukeksi, Member of the Board of Turkish Airlines and the senior bureaucrats both from Republic of Cuba and Republic of Venezuela, in the presence of diplomatic, protocol and media representatives as well as Turkish Airlines' officials.
Mr. Buyukeksi said; "Our flag carrier assumes Havana and Caracas are essential points in its Latin America expansion and places itself at the forefront to shorten the distances between desiring travelers who will arrive with all kinds of expectations to the biggest Island in the Antilles. The opening of our Havana and Caracas gateways also means that we will now be able to deliver our award-winning services that will make the international travel easier and more convenient for both business and leisure travelers in this area.''
Also launching with the new destinations, the "Bridging Youth" project, a corporate responsibility initiative by Turkish Airlines, kicked off with a fast start, as four university students from Turkey from varying backgrounds were given free tickets to Havana for a series of cultural activities including guided tours of the city with their Cuban hosts. The visiting youths will share their memorable moments and photographs of their trip on Turkish Airlines' social media accounts.
Beginning from today, Havana and Caracas flights will be operated 3 times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays in both directions.
Havana and Caracas flight times as scheduled from December 20th;
Flight No. Start End Days Departure Arrival Tuesday, Thursday, TK183 20.12.2016 09.03.2017 Sunday IST 02:10 HAV 8:00 Tuesday, Thursday, TK 183 20.12.2016 09.03.2017 Sunday HAV 10:00 CCS 14:00 Tuesday, Thursday, TK 183 20.12.2016 26.03.2017 Sunday CCS 15:30 IST 10:15 +1
All times are in local time.
Introductory round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Havana -the capital and the largest city of Cuba- and to the Caracas -the capital and the largest city of Venezuela-. To view the flight schedules and fares please visit http://www.turkishairlines.com, contact the call center at +90 212 444 0849 or visit any Turkish Airlines sales office.
Additionally, for the first 6 months of operation to these new destinations, there is a special offer for Miles&Smiles members, with a 25% reduction in the miles needed to redeem either award tickets or upgrades.*
Flying from Jose Marti International Airport and Simon Bolivar International Airport, the brand new services will also connect passengers departing from Havana and Caracas to 102 worldwide destinations including Paris, London, Madrid, Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, Beirut, Guangzhou, Porto, Frankfurt, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Zurich, Amsterdam, Munich, Copenhagen, Berlin and Vienna.
* Turkish Airlines reserves the right to make changes in this regard.
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About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 334 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 295 destinations worldwide with 246 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2016 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as "Europe's Best Airline" for the sixth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the eighth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 and also in 2014 the world's "Best Business Catering Service", and "Best Business Class Lounge Dining", "Best Business Airline Lounge" awards in last year's survey, Turkish Airlines was awarded again the world's "Best Business Class Dining Lounge" and "Best Business Class On-Board Catering" prizes in this year's survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website http://www.turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, and Instagram.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,450 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 190 countries.
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