Turkish Airlines celebrated its 70th anniversary,
and at the same time the 80th anniversary of the
Turkish Republic, with an unforgettable reception.
On this special occasion, world-famous Turkish pianist
Tuluyhan Ugurlu played the world première
of his Turkish Symphony. I wish to thank all our
guests for joining us on this memorable evening.
The end of every year is a time for looking back
and evaluating the past months. In 2003 the Iraq
War that took place in such close proximity to Turkey,
and the Sars epidemic which affected the entire
world, both had an adverse impact on airlines everywhere.
Thanks to precautions that compromised neither your
safety nor our quality standards, Turkish Airlines
was affected only minimally by the crisis.
As a company complying with European Union standards
of quality and safety, Turkish Airlines is continuing
to develop policies which maintain maximum passenger
load factors and maximum revenues.