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    Dear Guests, One of the leading airlines in its region, Turkish Airlines has begun to reap the benefits of its recent growth efforts.

    Today we have made our mark among the world’s most prominent carriers. The international aviation sector has acknowledged Turkish Airlines and begun to regard it as a major player.

    We are going to significantly expand our fleet of wide-bodied planes with the purchase of our new double-corridor aircraft, a public announcement of which was made recently. Twenty-two double-corridor planes are going to be added to our fleet by the end of 2011 - ten Airbus 300’s, three of them on option, and 12 Boeing 777’s. With 20 double-corridor planes at present, our fleet of wide-bodied planes will expand to 28 by the end of 2010, and to 34 by the end of 2011, comprising approximately 25% of our fleet.

    In line with the growth strategy we outlined when we were brought to the head of Turkish Airlines, with this last step we will have realized our goal of becoming a global player, which commenced with orders for 59 new planes in 2004 and continued with the addition of 24 new international routes in the short space of two months in 2006 and further new destinations since then.

    In the last five years we increased our flight network by 44%, our number of planes by 100% and our number of passengers by 116%. Delivery of the new double-corridor aircraft, which constituted only 10% of the fleet in 2003, is going to elevate Turkish Airlines from the position of a regional to that of a global player.

    All the steps we’ve been taking on the road to growth are bringing you more flight alternatives. Turkish Airlines makes a large number of flights to destinations five hours from its center at Istanbul, a world-acknowledged natural hub. Now we are going to fly to even more destinations, on longer flights and with greater frequency, thereby exerting our influence in the North and South America, South Africa and Far East markets. We are going to beat the competition by flying to cities that lie outside the hub in those regions. In addition, we are going to ensure easier access to a variety of geographies to which our passengers fly for purposes of business or tourism.
    Following the Göteborg route, which was added to our flight network on 29 June, I would like to take this opportunity to announce the opening of a route to Toronto (Canada). Our flights to this important Canadian city will begin on 11 July with a frequency of three times a week.

    I thank you for the interest you have shown in Turkish Airlines and wish you a pleasant flight.
    Yours sincerely,
    Temel KOTİL, Ph.D.,
    CEO and Member of the Board