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Turkish Airlines Air Malta Code Share Agreement
Air Malta and Turkish Airlines Sign Codeshare Agreement
Air Malta and Turkish Airlines have signed an agreement by which Turkish Airlines will codeshare on Air Malta’s twice weekly flights between Malta and Istanbul. The codeshare agreement is expected to pave the way for further cooperation between the two airlines in the near future. This was announced today during a press conference held at Air Malta Head Office given by the airline Chief Commercial Officer, Dr. Brock Friesen and Turkish Airlines Executice Vice President Commercial, Mr. Orhan Sivrikaya.
The joint code allows Turkish Airlines to use their own flight numbers on flights operated by Air Malta. Through this agreement both Air Malta and Turkish Airlines passengers can thus avail themselves of a broader choice of connections that will be developed via Istanbul to and from other destinations in Turkey and Turkish Airlines’ network beyond. The introduction of the first codeshared flights will commence this summer.
Speaking at the news conference, Dr Friesen said, “Today is another milestone for Air Malta. This agreement will give both airlines’ passengers full service treatment, seamless travel arrangements and enhanced network connections. We expect that this agreement will lead towards a more comprehensive agreement in the near future where Air Malta will further enhance its network connections beyond Istanbul through Turkish Airlines’ extended route network in Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Far East and Middle East. Future developments are expected to include a re-structured Air Malta schedule on the route and more Air Malta flights to the Turkish Capital. Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance member, have established themselves as a quality airline in the region and this falls perfectly into Air Malta’s strategic plans to tap into the new emerging Asian, Far East and CIS markets. This codeshare will further assist the development of the already excellent business links between Malta and Turkey.”
Mr. Sivrikaya said, “Expanding our relationship with Air Malta through this codeshare agreement is another step in our efforts to develop co-operations with the leading airlines throughout the World. As the flag carrier of the Europe’s eastern border country we are sure that this partnership with the national airline of the country at the central part of Europe and Mediterranean will bring both airlines many additional benefits, as well as increasing opportunities to our passengers through Air Malta’s wide network and numerous destinations especially in Mediterranean region”.
Air Malta is rapidly enhancing its range of code-share partners on specific routes with other quality airlines increasing and improving its destination network. Both Air Malta and Turkish Airlines share the same reputation and commitment towards their customers such as superior service and enhanced levels of customer satisfaction. These attributes makes them ideal partners. It is particularly relevant that this cooperation is established this year – Turkish Airlines’ 75th Anniversary and Air Malta’s 35th.
Both Air Malta and Turkish Airlines are members of IATA - the International Air Transport Association and AEA - the Association of European Airlines.
About Turkish Airlines:
Turkish Airlines (THY) established in 1933 as a national flag carrier and this year celebrated its 75th birthday on May 20th . In 2007 Turkish Airlines become one of the fastest growing airlines among the European carriers in terms of growth in capacity and traffic, as well as being number one in least amount of lost luggage for the period. Turkish Airlines has been ranked as a 4 star Airline by the SKYTRAX magazine.
With the fleet size of 101 aircraft, THY carried nearly 20 million passengers in 2007, operated 108 international and 32 domestic, in total 140 direct flight destinations. Turkish Airlines continues to provide more service and network to its passengers by becoming a full member of the Star Alliance in April 1st, 2008.
For more information, please contact:
Ali Genc, Senior Vice President Media Relations, Turkish Airlines.
Tel.: +90 212 465 2157 – Fax: +90 212 465 2078
Or visit our website: www.thy.com
About Air Malta:
Air Malta is Malta’s National Airline. The airline offers customers a selection of around 50 scheduled destinations to Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. Air Malta has a fleet of 13 Airbus configured in business and economy. This year the airline has started operating a brand new state-of-the-art Airbus fleet from the A320 and A319 aircraft family with an average age of 2.7 years.
For more information, please contact:
Stephen Gauci, Section Head Public Relations, Air Malta plc
Tel.: +356 22999228 – Fax: +356 21692861
Or visit our website: www.airmalta.com
About Star Alliance:
Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance network which was established in 1997. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers nearly 18,000 daily flights to 965 destinations in 162 countries.