2016 December

MESSAGE OF THE CEO

Dear Passengers,

Welcome on board and thank you for flying with us.

As we’re counting the last days of 2016, I’d like to share a general evaluation of our activities...

CITYSCOPE

Let Your Luggage Carry You
Recently promoted in London, the Modobag – which will be released in January 2017 – is a motorized suitcase with the power to break new ground in travel technology. Covering a distance of 6 km in 15 minutes on 80%...
Charge Your Phone with Sunlight!
Though mobile devices are developed at a breakneck speed, their battery life seems unable to keep pace. The portable powerbanks we use outside help us only so far and need to be recharged themselves, while finding an...
Following the Master Architect
The Ottoman master of architecture Mimar Sinan still excites researchers’ attention hundreds of years after his groundbreaking works. Prepared by Serap Ekizler Sönmez, the book Mimar Sinan Cami Minberlerinde...
A Wonderful World
Imagine an endless geography from South Africa’s giant baobab trees to bone museums in Italy. Then come the labyrinthine architectural wonders of India and unusual events such as the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain....
Drones for Everyone
The new-generation drones called Hover Camera can be folded and carried in a bag. This innovation enables globetrotters to record their journeys in high resolution. Turkey doesn't request a license for these drones...
A Bowl of Hot Soup for a Cold Day
Many foreign authors and bureaucrats wrote in their journals about the variety and deliciousness of soup, which held a dear place in the Ottoman cuisine, both in the palace and among the people. There were more than...
Çengelköy - The Coast of Tranquility
Following suit that the most beautiful Çengelköy view is from the sea, we get on one of the City Line ferries and draw near the shore. As our ferry approaches the land, our eyes meet the humble Muazzez Hanım...
Meow!
They sometimes lie on your lap or touch your leg with their paws. Cats are as attached to people as they are to their habitats. These lovely and care-free creatures are residents of Istanbul as much as people.
Istanbul as Sweet as Candy
“If the world was one country, Istanbul would be its capital,” Napoleon said. This ever-dynamic city is one of the few where its ancient history is intertwined with mesmerizing delicacies. Permeated with an...
The Scent of Literature in Istanbul
Leaving home, I am sure my literature tour around the city will be challenging but enjoyable. Under an Indian summer, I hit the road. I hop on a tram, described by Cemal Süreya to travel “from Laleli to the rest of...
Healthy and Minimal
Having become a world-renowned baker with her blog Minimalist Baker, Dana Shultz’s first book Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking comprises 101 recipes prepared with easy-to-find ingredients. Reflecting the...
Jonas Blue
Continuing his reign over 2016, British hit-maker Jonas Blue releases his latest single, By Your Side, on October 28 via Positiva/Virgin EMI. Featuring Raye, the duet is an emotional, piano-heavy, acoustic ballad that...
Collectors Gather in Miami
One of the world’s most prominent contemporary art fairs, Art Basel Miami gathers 269 galleries from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Held at Miami Beach Convention Center, the fair displays...
Balkan Arts Visit Istanbul
Held at Pera Museum, the exhibition Cold Front from the Balkans comprises works by various contemporary Balkan artists of different generations. Until May 7
Flute Notes in Istanbul and Ankara
Held in honor of Şefika Kutluer, known as “Magical Flute” all over the world, the 7th International Şefika Kutluer Festival presents unique classical and traditional music from East and West. Held in...
Glimmering Amsterdam
Amsterdam turns on the lights! 35 works by various artists, architects and designers from different countries illuminate the city as part of the Amsterdam Light Festival. The works are exhibited on a boat tour...
A Gift from Your Heart!
Initiated and run by the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the slogan "A gift from your heart!" to create a volunteering culture, the Young Volunteers' Portal (gencgonulluler.gov.tr) brings together for the last year...
Movies Traveling Around Turkey
The 22nd Festival on Wheels continues to present the most recent and exquisite films from all across the world and Turkey. Starting off in Ankara, the festival will visit Eskişehir and end in Kastamonu. Until December 7
Exploring the City Walls of Istanbul
Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations hosts the exhibition On the Fringe: The Istanbul Land Walls on the city walls of Istanbul that are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and have been...
Stevie Wonder & Ariana Grande
Stevie Wonder delivers a new collaboration for the movie Sing entitled Faith feat. Ariana Grande. The song will be available soon via Republic Records, as well as in the upcoming release of the Sing Official...
The Weeknd
Academy Award-nominated, two-time Grammy Award-winning Multi-Platinum R&B singer The Weeknd's new single Starboy was released on Thursday September 22. Featuring Daft Punk, the single amassed over 17 million...
Attracting crowds with firework displays, art events, concerts and parties, Hogmanay, the traditional Scottish New Year celebration, is a popular annual event! December 30 – January 1
The International Marrakech Film Festival is held for the 16th time with Hungarian director Béla Tarr as head jury. Focusing on a different region every year, the festival honors Russian cinema, one of the film...

ARTICLES

Mel Gibson at the Top of His Career
It’s been 20 years since the legendary Braveheart. Now you’re back with another war movie, Hacksaw Ridge, after all these years. What aspect of war movies attracts you? I love real stories. Actually, I’d been offered this story three times; during the first two, I was working on other projects. The third time it was brought to me, I read...
Hittites - The First Anatolian State
The world’s first written constitution, women’s rights and a well-developed justice system - the 5,000-year-old Hittite civilization, one of the most prominent ones in Anatolia, excites those interested in Anatolian civilizations, making Çorum, home of the Hittites, a center of attraction.   The reason for Hittite civilization’s...
How to Spend a New Year Holiday
New Year is a fabulous time to be traveling, when the family gatherings of earlier in December are over with and everyone’s ready for a celebration. And when the whole world is having a party all you really have to do is decide where to invite yourself.  Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to see in the New Year in a variety of...
Hello Havana!
The moment I felt like I’d arrived in Havana wasn’t when I stepped off my plane at José Martí International and felt the humid evening air on my skin. It wasn’t when I when I woke up in my small hotel and ate fresh fruit for breakfast while a palm tree kept the sun off my head. And it wasn’t when I first smelt the stale smoke of burnt...
Sri Lankan Fishermen
The island country of Sri Lanka, which my generation knew as Ceylon, is located on the southwestern tip of the Indian Peninsula in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is known for its high-quality tea all across the world but the visitors of the country explore the tea fields, incredible forestry, archaeological remains, Buddhist temples, markets,...
The Heart of Golf Beats in Antalya
Antalya, Belek with its 288 holes of championship golf has become a winter haven for golfers looking for a retreat that provides not only great golf but first class hotels and resorts and the opportunity to explore the vast sightseeing possibilities off the course. The participants of the Turkish Airlines World Amateur Golf Cup Grand Finals were...
The Recipes
Pumpkin Soup Serves 6 500 g pumpkin (diced in medium-sized cubes) / 50 g olive oil / 1 onion (cut into four pieces) / 4 garlic cloves / water / 2 tbsp. strained yogurt / 2 tbsp. butter / red pepper flakes / salt and black pepper Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan. Add the pumpkin, onions and garlic, and cook for five minutes. Cover the...
Batman v Superman Campaign Rakes in the Awards
Another sponsorship project by Turkish Airlines that received global acclaim in 2016 was the main sponsorship for the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Released in March, the movie’s campaign provided logo visibility as well as a natural integration of Turkish Airlines products and services into the movie. The blockbuster movie’s...
A Chest Full of Colors
Shoe polishing is one of those professions that keep the nostalgic spirit of Istanbul alive. It's a job with an artistic touch that offers stylish gentlemen and chic ladies the pleasure to watch their shoes be polished in minutes. Unfortunately, it's about to be forgotten. Today, people either polish their shoes at home or have them polished...
Snow Vacation in Turkey
Kars Turkey’s gate to the Caucasus, Kars is also known as the “capital of winter.” With the first snow in the first weeks of winter, It takes on the guise of a mysterious beauty.  Resembling the land of the Snow Queen from the Andersen fairy tale, the city is renowned for its rich architectural examples. A very well-planned city,...
A New Era in Flight Experience
Enjoy Acoustics Up in the Sky For its Business Class flights, collaborating with Denon, one of the world’s leading sound and home entertainment system manufacturers, Turkish Airlines provide its passengers the best of in-flight entertainment systems. Equipped with cutting edge active noise reduction technology, our Denon onboard headphones...
Pumpkin - The Taste of Autumn
The story of pumpkin in these lands dates way back. Known as the “father of physicians,” Galen of Pergamon talks in his works about the benefits of pumpkin. Rich in vitamins that are essential for the skin to renew itself, pumpkin stands out as an important nutrient not only with its taste but also with its remedial nature. Today, pumpkin is...
Three Networking Tips for Those Who Find It Hard
We all know that networking is key to business success. Yet many of us resist doing it because it simply feels sleazy. That would be an understandable – and commendable – response if that’s really what networking was all about. But the backslapping, transactional vision of networking is actually a caricature.  The most effective...
Konya - The City of Turquoise
This year is the 743rd Şeb-i Arus (Wedding Night) that commemorates the death of Mevlânâ who call out from Konya centuries back. From the top of the turquoise dome built by Mimar Bedreddin in 1274, he’s telling us about the wisdom and love blooming in these lands. This color has become the color of love and wisdom.   The Mevlânâ...

TURKISH AIRLINES NEWS

The collaboration with Denon, one of the world’s highest-quality audio and home entertainment systems manufacturers, is only one of the new features offered by the global carrier. As part of the collaboration, Turkish Airlines offers its...
Having received the Gold Epica award in Product and Product Placement, Turkish Airlines featured as a real airline company in the world of superheroes with its Batman v Superman advertisement. The most influential event of the campaign was the...
All maker movements will get together for the first time in Turkey Innovation Week where digital gaming and entrepreneurship platforms will also meet the audience. The event offers a pleasant experience for its guests in many topics from sports to...
Continuing to expand its flight network towards the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Turkish Airlines begins to operate its Istanbul-Havana-Caracas flights on December 20. So, the Turkish Airlines wide flight network’s two most recent...
Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup qualifying games began with three events in Doha, Mumbai and Dar es-Salaam, and ended in Varna, Bulgaria on October 15, Saturday. The finalists of each qualifying event competed at the Grand Final in Belek, Antalya,...
Zanzibar has become Turkish Airlines’ 50th destination in Africa where it operates in 31 countries. Turkish Airlines increases its extensive and wide flight network in Africa with Zanzibar, the touristic vacation island in Tanzania.
Operating direct flights from Mahé International Airport to Seychelles, Turkish Airlines is the airline company that offers the most connections to the destinations and provides the opportunity for passengers departing from the island to connect...
Lee Westwood won the first-ever Drone Championship held prior to Turkish Airlines Open Golf. Westwood managed to take to the iconic 16th tee on the roof of a spectacular villa at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort. Lee Westwood, Danny Willett...
Applications for Istanbul Photo Awards 2017, the international news photography contest organized by Anadolu Agency for the third time, started on November 1 and continues until January 31. The participants can apply by visiting...