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Dear Guests,
The month of April brings with it an abundance of springtime vigor and optimism. And that optimism is spilling over into our sector as well. Following an extremely difficult year, expectations for 2010 in the aviation industry are looking brighter for the first time in a long while, and IATA has halved its forecast of losses in the sector this year from US$ 5.6 billion to  US$ 2.8 billion.

Here at Turkish Airlines we envisage that, contrary to the contracting trend that characterized the sector in general in 2009, we are going to preserve, even enhance, our growth in 2010 insofar as initial results for 2010 corroborate our previous estimates. Based on figures for January and February, seat kilometers showed the 29 percent rise, passenger kilometers the 34 percent rise, and number of passengers the 25 rise on last year that we were hoping for.

In addition to these encouraging developments on the supply side, that the comprehensive infrastructure imporovements being done by DHMI at Ataturk Airport and other projects - primarily the baggage transit
system - undertaken by terminal operator TAV will be completed soon is very promising in terms of the comforts it shall afford during the
summer. Of the utmost importance for Turkish Airlines, these investments are contributing in a big way to the process of transforming Istanbul into a major aviation hub. I would also like to share with you that, based on results for 2009, Istanbul Ataturk Airport was the only airport in Europe that chalked up significant growth during the year with an approximately 5 percent increase in passengers. Turkish Airlines, which increased its number of passengers by 11.5 percent on the previous year, accounted for two-thirds of the passengers that used Ataturk Airport in 2009, a fact that played a critical role in the airport’s growth.

When we consider that 4.2 million of the 11.5 million international passengers we transported in the last year used Istanbul as a connecting point, Turkish Airlines appears to have become a global net carrier and Istanbul the connecting point of choice for many passengers. We are expecting our passengers making connections via Istanbul to reach six million in 2010.

Dear passengers,
The Aprils are mostly being looked forward and welcomed by our children. The happiness that April 23rd Sovereignty and Children’s Day brings to them and to all the world’s children to which it is dedicated, takes on an even more special meaning in spring. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the world’s children a happy Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23rd, and to wish all of you a pleasant flight.

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