2017 June

MESSAGE OF THE CEO

Welcome Aboard

Dear Guests,

Welcome on board.

Last May, Istanbul hosted the festive Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four 2017 tournament, during which we witnessed the final competition between the best four teams of European basketball. Fenerbahçe basketball team...

CITYSCOPE

Turn Your Head Towards Basel
The first international photography fair in Switzerland, Photo Basel brings together artists, galleries and collectors from all across the world at Volkhaus Basel.
Hilya by Master Artists Displayed in Doha
The exhibition Contemporary Calligraphy and Prayer Beads by Mehmet Çebi, one of the most notable contemporary calligraphy collectors in Turkey, is open at Qatar Museum Al Riwaq Gallery with the support of Presidency...
Hijaz Memories in Maryland
Comprising 66 works that focus on Mecca and Medina by artist Orhan Durgut, the photography exhibition Hijaz Memories was opened at Diyanet Center of America. Open throughout Ramadan, the exhibition is sponsored by...
The Ascension in Ottoman Culture
Miraj is the ascension of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by overcoming the sky bed in Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Celebrated by Muslims on the 27th night of the month of Rajab according to the Muslim calendar, this...
Ramadan in the Ottoman Period
Bairams and bairam dishes have always been important for the Islamic world. Many foreign travelers wrote about the pre-bairam preparations in the markets, streets, mansions, and palaces. Foreign travelers also talked...
Istanbul’s Precious Pavilions
In the 1800s when the population of Istanbul hadn’t yet reached 1 million and the city center was surrounded by forests, glamorous mansions were built near the central green areas. Built by Ottoman sultans to rest,...
Şenlik Meydanı Sultanahmet
Exploring Sultanahmet Square requires not only a knowledge of history but also a rich imagination because all kinds of elements from history have met here from Iznik tiles to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, from...
Deeperise
One of the most notable names of the Turkish electronic music scene, Deeprise has published a new single with Jabbar, known for his unique style. The single Raf also features a video filmed in the calm nature of Muğla.
Smart Football
Enabling you to test and improve your skills, smart football adidas miCoach can connect to your phone via Bluetooth. Sending instant notifications as you train, miCoach contributes to your performance with hints and...
The Thrill Peaks in Poland
Fierce competition begins at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, which features Turkish Airlines as one of its sponsors. Comprising 12 teams, the final tournament will be held in Poland.
Katy Perry
Katy Perry gave fans another preview of her upcoming studio album with the release of her new single, Bon Appétit. The track released on April 28, 2017 features Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos. Katy co-wrote the...
Beth Ditto
We met Mary Beth Patterson, or better known by her stage name Beth Ditto, with her indie rock band The Gossip. The American singer continues her solo music career and released a new single titled Fire in April....
Sportive and Stylish
Designed for those who wish to use activity tracking devices in daily life, Misfit Ray stands out as a model that can be worn for all occasions from stylish events to a morning run. In addition to features like...
More than Just a Watch
Withings Steel HR not only complements your style but also leads the way to a healthy life with its smart features. Measuring your quality of sleep with its heartbeat sensor, the smartwatch also keeps track of your...
Jazz Tunes in Lviv
Alfa Jazz Fest, which Turkish Airlines supports as a travel partner, fills the streets of Lviv with jazz tunes. Don’t miss this festival that brings together jazz musicians from all across the world such as Chick...
June 20 World Refugee Day is an opportunity to remember over 65 million people who were forced to leave their homes due to war and persecution. Visit the UN Refugee Agency (withrefugees.org) and tell the whole world...
The Arab World Institute displays a selection of Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection at the exhibition 100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. The exhibition comprises works by many prominent artists...

ARTICLES

Bergama and Selçuk Cuisines
One of the oldest tourism destinations in Turkey, Selçuk-Ephesus and Bergama are two capitals of antiquity mostly known for their historical heritage. Bergama was the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon for 130 years under five emperors, while Ephesus in Selçuk district was the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor. The former’s...
Trabzon from Highlands to Coast
I leave behind Trabzon’s coastline and cityscape and drive through the meandering road to Maçka as the heavy fog descends down the hills and covers the tea fields like a thin tulle, slowly embracing the women who walk along the hillsides with large baskets on their back. I arrive in Hamsiköy, admiring the fruitful nature that crowns the...
"For Me, All Boundaries are Imaginary"
Let’s start with an introduction. How would you describe yourself? Me? Alright. I grew up in New Jersey. After living in New York until the age of 10, we moved to the Dominican Republic. There, I went to school and took ballet classes, and returned to New York as a super-talented and trained dancer. My dancing career enabled me to cross paths...
The Best of Europe: Turkish Airlines and Fenerbahçe
Fenerbahçe came very close to winning the 2016 Final Four in Berlin but had to make do with the second rank. However, this year, the team managed to climb up to the finals after a challenging season of 240 games between 16 teams, and became the Best of Europe in basketball. An honor for Turkey, Istanbul, Fenerbahçe, and, of course, Turkish...
After the Great Final
One of the most important sports events in Europe, Turkish Airlines EuroLeague ended with a great final. For the first time in the history of the tournament, a Turkish team won the cup. Fenerbahçe, a team that has made it to the Final Four three times, was the one that held the cup at the end of the final game on May 21. In the last 3 years,...
Savoring Tbilisi and Georgia
My wife and I first visited Tbilisi half a lifetime ago, in 1989, when Georgia was a quiet southern republic in the ailing Soviet Union. Embraced by this warm city on the Mtkvari River, we enjoyed long strolls through the prosaic old town, savoring Turkish coffee in welcoming sidewalk cafés that were unlike anything the Soviet capital had to...
World Petroleum Congress Visits Istanbul in July
World political history has taken its current shape as a result of numerous historical milestones at certain points in time. Today, we’re on the eve of a new period iwhich will establish new global balances of power and sustain their regional repercussions. It’s no longer possible to interpret the present through concepts and ideologies from...
The World's Third Largest Sports Organization to Be Held in Samsun
Samsun prepares to host the Summer Deaflympics, the world's third largest sports organization. Samsun Representative and Minister of Youth and Sports Akif Çağatay Kılıç is closely interested in the preparation process and confidently stated, "This organization will be a reference for future events." Emphasizing the initiative for change...
Getting to Know Ljubljana in Two Days
Upon Arrival Start with a stroll in Tivoli Park to get a taste of the rich nature that makes Slovenia famous all over Europe. By the northern border of the park, check out Kino Šiška –a former cinema now used as a theater and art gallery. From the park, take the promenade designed by architect Jože Plečnik and –heading towards the city...
 A Silk Road Stop: Uzbekistan
I'm finally flying to Uzbekistan... My journey didn’t start the moment I stepped foot on the plane. It started long before, when I was young and first dreamed of adventures in mysterious and exotic far-reaching corners of the earth. And when I first heard the name Samarkand, I was compelled by the sound of these nine letters that conjured up a...
St. Petersburg’s Modern Renaissance
I’ve been coming to Russia’s former imperial capital for over twenty years, and during this time I’ve seen it undergo massive transformation from a Soviet backwater to one of Europe’s most glittering cultural capitals.  But I still follow my taxi driver’s advice who says “To get to St. Petersburg you have to first pass through...
An Isolated But Pleasant Life
Seventy thousand years ago, Sumatra Island experienced the "biggest volcanic eruption in the last 25 million years," which put the world through a small ice age by covering India (thousands of kilometers away) and even the Arab Peninsula with ash, but also gave Sumatra a mesmerizing lake as a present. Lake Toba is the world's largest volcanic...

TURKISH AIRLINES NEWS

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı welcomed the cup, accompanied by EuroLeague CEO Jordi Bertomeu. The special welcoming ceremony was held by the customized EuroLeague aircraft, an Airbus A321 with...
Middle East Airlines Chairman of the Board Mohamad A. El-Hout and Turkish Airlines Deputy Chairman and CEO Bilal Ekşi signed the codeshare agreement at Middle East Airlines’ headquarters in Beirut at a meeting attended by senior officials from...
The winners of the 2017 LIMA International Licensing Awards were unveiled on May 23 on the opening night of Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. 461 organizations from 10 countries applied to the awards' committee, which selected 125 nominees among the...
Bringing together people from different cultures for 20 years, Star Alliance and its 28 member airlines have organized a special competition for members of its 21 Frequent Flyer Programs. To celebrate the Alliance’s 20th anniversary, Miles &...
As part of the agreement, Panama City will present passengers from Istanbul with a fast and efficient connection to 74 destinations in America, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Also with this codeshare agreement, the Latin American...
Yapı Kredi, the bank that has been the leader of the credit card market in Turkey for the last 29 years, won the bid for this exclusive credit card initiated by Turkish Airlines, which is one of the airline companies authorized to issue UATP...
Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee  M. İlker Aycı attended the 2017 International Media Forum held at Belek Tourism Center in Antalya, and said, "When brought together with Turkish Airlines' pace of growth,...
The airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines continues to develop new solutions for its passengers with respect to the electronics ban on U.S.- and U.K. bound flights. The flag-carrier airline...
These new high-end headphones, specially designed for long flights, will enable passengers to experience a more comfortable journey along with Turkish Airlines' award-winning inflight entertainment system. Featuring breathable ear cushions,...
Initially for one year, the exciting partnership ensures Turkish Airlines involvement with the Irish squad throughout the upcoming busy season with the option to extend for three years into 2020.  Hasan Mutlu, General Manager of Turkish...
The team’s drone design Jaeger won the gold medal at the international SAE Aero Design East 2017 held by SAE in Florida, U.S., and attended by 75 teams from 10 countries. In addition to this award, the team also won two bronze medals by ranking...
The Saracens player beat his teammates and opponents from ASM Clermont Auvergne with his fast-paced footing and swift passes, and earned one million miles as part of the Miles&Smiles Frequent Flyer rewards program. Turkish Airlines SVP...
Members of the Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler Program may now experience TSA Pre expedited screening at airport security checkpoints in the United States. Light jackets, shoes, and belts may remain on at security checkpoints. In...