Turkish Airlines celebrates 75th year with festivities

Starting to fly exactly 75 years ago in 1933 with five airplanes, Turkish Airlines flies today to 140 destinations around the word with a fleet of 101 aircraft. And with its steadily improving quality of service, it is rapidly on the way to becoming one of the leading airlines in the world aviation arena.

Celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the airline’s founding commenced with the laying of a wreath at the Ataturk Monument on Taksim Square by airline president Temel Kotil, Ph.D. at 10 a.m. on May 20th and continued with the unveiling of an inscription at the Main Executive Office building and the promotion of a specially prepared 75th year book chronicling the history of the airline and its corporate culture. Meanwhile an album entitled ‘Yollar’ (Roads), specially recorded for Turkish Airlines’ 75th year by the 75-person Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the İnce Saz Group, was launched at the Cemal Reşit Ray Concert Hall at 8 p.m. the same evening. The pieces on the album, which consists of seven works, were named for the various ‘roads’ or ‘ways’ that have shaped the cultural and economic infrastructure of civilization: the Silk Road, the Spice Road, the Sun Road, the Hezarfen Road, the Migration Road, the Royal Road and the ‘Hajj’ or Pilgrimage Road. As part of the festivities, a special ‘Troy’ show was also staged for Turkish Airlines’ personnel and their families at the Istanbul Show Center on 21st May. Sharing his enthusiasm at the celebrations, Chairman of the Airline’s Board of Directors, Dr. Candan Karlıtekin said, “We are happy to be celebrating our 75th year with such success. We have got where we are today thanks to our personnel who toil with faith and pride and a love of their work. We would like to thank all of Turkish Airlines’ employees, all our suppliers, all the firms with whom we work together, our passengers who we feel are behind us every minute, and Turkey. We are aware that our responsibilities are more serious, our obligations even greater today. Tomorrow is a new day and we are going to look at what we can do to find more cause to celebrate.” Turkish Airlines President, Temel Kotil, Ph.D., also expressed his great pleasure in celebrating 75 years of Turkish Airlines’ success, saying: “Our Company, which took the first step towards its founding in 1933 despite myriad impossibilities, has taken its place today among the world’s most respected airlines, becoming Turkey’s biggest brand name in the world as its ‘flag carrier', with over 20 million passengers a year and over 100 airplanes, and making us all proud by being able to fly to any point in the world. We are proudly celebrating our 75th year today as the Turkish Airlines family. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our passengers who support us and never give up on us, to our friends, and to all the firms that have served us in various areas.”