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Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa initiates their cooperation as of March 25’th
08.03.2013More choices with codeshare flights, harmonised timetables, new routes and more opportunities for frequent flyers
Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa are launching their codeshare cooperation at the start of the summer timetable on 23 March. Passengers of both carriers will benefit from harmonised timetables with more frequencies on routes between Germany and Turkey, a wider choice of destinations and better connections at Istanbul, as well as at Lufthansa’s two hubs, Frankfurt and Munich. Moreover, with the introduction of the summer schedule, members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programmes will be able to collect miles on the Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa networks and also eventually redeem them with the partner carrier.
Initially, codeshare services will be operated on the following routes: Frankfurt – Istanbul (Luft¬hansa and Turkish Airlines flights), Frankfurt – Ankara (Turkish Airlines) and Düsseldorf – Istanbul (Turkish Airlines). On 3 May, three more routes will be operated jointly: Munich – Istanbul (Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines), Munich – Ankara (Lufthansa) and Munich – Izmir (Lufthansa . Further codeshare services, such as Lufthansa flights to the US and Turkish Airlines flights to the Middle East and the CIS states will be added on 1 September. The two airlines have long-term plans to extend their codesharing to further Lufthansa destinations in Europe, Canada and South America as well as to other Turkish Airlines destinations in south-eastern Europe and the Middle East.
The cooperation agreement was signed last December in Istanbul by Lufthansa CEO and Chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber and Turkish Airlines Chairman Candan Karlitekin following the announcement of Turkish Airlines’ accession to Star Alliance. The process of integrating Turkish Airlines into the alliance is now in full swing.