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Dear guests,
7Turkish Airlines is continuing to expand rapidly despite the global economic crisis. The Airline’s consolidated budget tables for 2008 were recently posted on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.

The tables show that Turkish Airlines grew by 327 percent on the same period last year to make a net profit of 1,134 million Turkish Liras. Sales revenues were up by 26 percent to 6,123 million Turkish Liras, and the number of planes in the fleet, which stood at 102 at the new year, had risen by 25 percent to 127 at year’s end. The number of passengers also rose by 15 percent to 22,597,000 and cargo carried by 8 percent to 203,000 tons. The occupancy rate meanwhile climbed 1.2 points to 73.9%. With its sound financial and commercial dynamics, our Company aims to sustain its successful operations in the years ahead and to consolidate its position in the global aviation sector.

In another piece of good news, Turkish Airlines also made an important leap this year in the Skytrax World Airline Awards, which are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the aviation industry. A rating firm that assesses airlines and airports in terms of 750 parameters measuring service and quality standards, Skytrax this year conferred the title of ‘Best Airline in Southern Europe in 2009’ on Turkish Airlines, which garnered four stars in all the categories assessed in first, business, and economy class on long-haul flights and in business and economy on short-haul flights. Its four-star status in economy class in particular puts Turkish Airlines ahead of its competitors in Europe since there are no other airlines among the European carriers boasting four stars in economy. The Skytrax awards were determined by surveys distributed to some 15.4 million passengers over a period of ten months from August 2008 to March 2009.

Here at Turkish Airlines it gives us pride and pleasure to share the fruits of our efforts with you, our valuable passengers, and to reap the rewards of our labors by having you with us on our flights. I wish you all a happy 19th May, Commemoration of Ataturk and Youth and Sports Day, and a very pleasant flight.

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