Turkish Airlines had been planning to launch flights to Australia for some time. The airline has now confirmed that the flights will begin in December.
Like many other airlines, Turkish Airlines has announced major expansion plans. In June, the airline announced plans to order 600 new planes. Turkish Airlines is part of the largest airline alliance, Star Alliance. It is now certain when to visit Australia for the first time. According to reports, flights from Istanbul to Australia with a stopover in Singapore will begin in mid-December. Executive Traveller.
Bosphorus to Australia – possible from December with Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines is Turkey’s largest airline and the airline that flies to the most destinations worldwide. Now plans to fly to Australia for the first time since December are becoming more firm. Turkish Airlines President Ahmed Bolat shared the status of negotiations with Australian airports in an exclusive interview with Executive Traveller. So you are in final negotiations with airports in Melbourne and Sydney. It is not yet clear which of the two airports will be served first. Here Melbourne is currently slightly ahead in the race due to greater capacity. A decision is expected to be taken by mid-August.
The flights will initially be operated three times a week with a Boeing 787 with a stopover in Singapore. An increase of five flights is planned later, and finally routes to Melbourne and Sydney will be served daily. The target should be achieved within two years. Our teacher Alex was recently able to test the product in a business class.
Stopover in Singapore
Currently, Turkish Airlines flies from Istanbul to Singapore at Terminal 1 of Changi Airport. Singapore will be used as a stopover before heading to Australia in the future. During the stopover, passengers may disembark from the aircraft. The SATS Lounge ensures a pleasant stay for Business and First Class passengers, as well as Elite and Elite Plus members of the frequent flyer program Miles&Smiles of Turkish Airlines and Star Alliance Gold members. Including stopovers, it takes 21 hours from Istanbul to the Australian city. Turkish Airlines is trying to establish a fifth independent flight to sell its own tickets for the region between Singapore and Australia.
Final destination direct flights
A stopover in Singapore is only an interim solution, CEO Ahmad Bolat announced, adding that daily flights are planned between the two Australian cities and Istanbul.
With ultra-long-haul aircraft such as the A350-1000ULR or Boeing777X, these routes can be operated non-stop. Turkish Airlines is considering an initial order of ten of these models to serve destinations in South America. But that will take a few years, the CEO suspects. So far, Turkish Airlines has carried 118,847 passengers to Australia on so-called codeshare flights in 2022, indicating high demand for the route. The aim of the airline is to cover these up.
Decision to add Turkish Airlines flights to Australia
The flights between Istanbul and Australia will start from December, the airline’s CEO, Ahmed Bolat, said in an exclusive interview with Executive Traveller. Flights are scheduled to Melbourne and Sydney, with Melbourne likely to be the first. The route will be operated by a Boeing 787 with a stopover in Singapore until ultra-long-haul flights are offered in a few years. The flight, including stopovers, takes a total of 21 hours. Passengers can get off the plane during layover to stretch their legs. The CEO doesn’t expect direct flights until the end of the decade, after which these are also planned for South America.
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