New steps by Turkish Airlines and Egypt Airlines

Turkish Airlines and Egypt Airlines are going to engage in an initiative to increase the number of Istanbul-Cairo flights. Turkish Airlines and Egypt Airlines officials came together in November at a meeting attended by the Chairman of the Board and President of Egypt Airlines, Capt. Tawfik Assy, and the President of Turkish Airlines, Temel Kotil, Ph.D. At the meeting the two sides reached agreement on developing the possibilities of a new cooperation in the technical and training areas under the existing code share partnership between them as Star Alliance carriers. The two airlines, which under the current code share agreement can put their own flight numbers on tickets sold for Istanbul-Cairo flights, decided to act together on the subject of increasing the existing flights on this route. It is now planned to increase the number of weekly Istanbul-Cairo flights, currently at nine to fourteen, starting with the summer 2009 timetable. It was also decided to expand the existing code share agreement between the two Star Alliance members to points beyond Istanbul and Cairo. Using Cairo as a transit point, Turkish Airlines' passengers will therefore be able to flight to Cairo and beyond on Egypt's domestic lines using the Egypt Airlines' network.