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Dear Guests, This year Turkish Airlines, Turkey's flag carrier airline, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Last month we, the Turkish Airlines family, proudly celebrated our 75th year with a series of activities.

The company was founded in 1933 despite various hardships, but as a result of its 75-year growth and marked progress realized in recent years, it has taken its place among the world's reputable airlines. Instilling pride in our hearts through its achievements, Turkish Airlines, with its title as 'flag carrier', has become Turkey's biggest global brand.

As we celebrated this significant anniversary we wished to bequeath to the future an inheritance that would document our history. Our heritage book, an exposition detailing Turkish Airlines' 75-year quest, was published with this aim, and it was received with great interest. Our television documentary, which was prepared collaboratively with the TRT broadcasting institute and titled '75 Years in the Skies', was aired on television screens the evening of May 23rd. Also, representing the native personnel working at the 108 Turkish Airlines destination points in 69 countries, one staff member from each office joined us for the 75th anniversary celebrations.As part of the celebrations, on May 20th we inaugurated an inscription erected to commemorate all those who have contributed to the company. On the evening of the same day, a special performance of works from the album 'Yollar' ('Roads'), a collaborative recording of the group İnce Saz and the 75-person Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra honoring Turkish Airlines' 75th year, was staged at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall. The works, which are a wonderful blend of eastern and western music, were well received by the audience. The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 64th annual general meeting, which is one of the world's most important aviation meetings, will be hosted by Turkish Airlines in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines first bid in 1959 to host the 1964 meeting in Istanbul, but its efforts at that time were unsuccessful. The meeting, which is held in a different city each year, will be held in Istanbul 44 years after the first attempt. Executives of the 240 member airlines and representatives of international media organizations will converge at the 64th meeting to be held 1-3 June. IATA was founded in 1945 and aims to ensure through its activities safe, secure and economical air transport; during the three days of the IATA general meeting, Istanbul will be the focal point of global aviation.

Dear guests, with the support and trust of you, our valued passengers, who have contributed the most to our having attained this current status, continuing to progress in the skies with steady strides for the past 75 years is a delight for our company. At Turkish Airlines, our primary goal is to maximize your satisfaction and increase the quality value of our service. I wish you all a pleasant voyage.

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