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March sees the addition to our flight network of Bologna, our 120th foreign destination. This year as in 2009, Turkish Airlines has begun making a number of flights to destinations abroad, of which Bologna is only one. Indeed our company is now among the world’s top ten airlines in terms of number of routes flown, and our identity as a global network carrier is going to be further strengthened with the additional new flights slated to start soon.
We are planning to conduct new flights to Washington D.C., Los Angeles (U.S.), Dacca (Bangladesh), Erbil and Basra (Iraq), Sochi (Russia), Entebbe (Uganda), Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam), Acra (Ghana,), Shiraz (Iran) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) in 2010. It gives us special pride to announce our new flight destinations to you, our esteemed passengers, in March with the coming of spring. In addition to the new destinations, we also aim to offer our passengers a far wider array of products by raising the frequency of weekly flights on some of our already existing routes.
But Turkish Airlines’ investments are not limited merely to the addition of new destinations to our flight portfolio. I would like to share with you some information concerning very serious projects involving expansion of the fleet as well as trademark investments. For the projects we undertake to enhance the satisfaction of our customers and raise our standards of service constitute another important component of our investments.
With our firm orders of 20 new B737 NG airplanes and another 15 on option, which we announced in February, the total number of aircraft for which orders are complete now comes to 89. With the new orders we will soon have a large, young fleet of approximately 200 airplanes.
Investing at the same time in technical training, Turkish Airlines aims to turn Istanbul into an aviation training center in the true sense of the word. Our company is currently in the process of ordering two more training jets. Simultaneously, with our earlier purchased flight simulators we are offering training services both to our own pilots and to the pilots of other airlines served by us. The pilots trained at our world class flight academy are a special source of pride to us.
Here at the Turkish Airlines family some 48 percent of our employees are women. We would therefore like to congratulate all of them on World Women’s Day, March 8th. I thank you again for flying Turkish Airlines and wish you a pleasant flight.
Temel Kotil, Ph.D.
CEO and Member of the Board