Welcome Aboard

Dear Guests, As we pursue our efforts to consolidate our place among the world’s leading airlines, our successes give us added strength.

In a period when average growth in the European aviation sector was around five percent a year, Turkish Airlines set a record with an annual twenty percent growth over the past three years. This year’s goal is to raise the number of passengers we carry from 17 million to 20 million.
I would like to share with you the good tidings concerning the new state-of-the-art A320 flight simulator we recently put into service at our Flight Training Center alongside our already existing three flight simulators. With our new simulator and our modernizing, young and ever-expanding fleet, our airline is going to add strength to strength in the league of giants as it moves forward confidently towards becoming a training base leader.
Our fourth flight simulator will not only enable us to meet our training needs ourselves but will also earn our airline a significant income from the training services we offer in the national and international arena. The Turkish Airlines Flight Training Center currently provides training services to a total of 32 airlines other than our own, 16 of them national, the remaining
16 international. With our fourth flight simulator, the Thales A320, we are going to raise the quality of training we offer to the highest possible level while at the same time providing training to a larger number of airlines. Our plan is to meet our own training needs as well, using on average 55% of the existing capacity in the Flight Training Center inventory.
Our primary responsibility is of course to ensure that you, our valuable passengers, travel with Turkish Airlines confidence. And it is to this end that we are making training of all kinds available with our airline. In a historic decision taken to train the pilots it needs to world standards, Turkish Airlines, which is already responsible for many innovations in Turkey, decided to establish its own Turkish Airlines Flight Training Academy. Our airline will therefore train not only its own pilots but the future pilots of other regional airlines as well, all with licensing to world standards.
Not only that but the training of all cabin/cockpit flight crews and flight candidates is planned, implemented and monitored by the Flight Training Center in keeping with national and international standards and regulations. The Flight Training Center of Turkish Airlines, which places the highest importance on flight crew training, has a total of four flight simulators, the B737-400 and B737-800, the Avro RJ and the Thales A320.
We believe that our passengers deserve the best of everything at all times. And we are constantly aware that our historic mission obliges us to be ‘different’ in every way.
I wish you all a pleasant flight.

Temel KOTİL, Ph.D.
CEO and Member of the Board