Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier, ranked first in the service industry according to the research “Turkey's Top 500 Services Exporters” carried out by Turkey Exporters’ Assembly.

Organized for the third time by Turkey Exporters’ Assembly with the support of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Commerce, the award ceremony for Turkey's Top 500 Services Exporters was attended by the Republic of Turkey President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
During the ceremony which was held at Grand Tarabya Hotel and attended by, among others, the Republic of Turkey President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Minister of Commerce Ruhsar Pekcan, and the Minister of Finance and Treasury Berat Albayrak, the President made a speech in which he stated that the 2017 financial turnover numbers of the first 500 companies on the list amounted to 93 billion dollars while that of service exporters was over 23 billion dollars, and added, “The first 500 companies have reached more than half of our total service export.” The President then announced the first 10 companies on the list and mentioned the companies that received an Honorary Award for being included in the IGA consortium for building and managing Istanbul Airport. He finished by wishing good luck to the exporter companies in their future endeavors as the country’s representatives abroad.
According to the 2017 numbers, Turkish Airlines ranked first with the highest service export figures. The winning prize was presented by the Republic of Turkey President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı.
Turkey Exporters’ Assembly, which provides national and international representation for 61 exporter associations and 27 export industries that operate on a regional and sectoral base in Turkey, since 2016 has been successfully representing exporters operating in many categories such as telecommunication, computing and information, construction, education, health, tourism and travel, entertainment, culture, sports, passenger transportation, cargo transportation, logistics, and finance.
The assembly presents awards to the first three companies of the industry, and the first 10 companies in Turkey, a number of special awards to certain industries, and certificates to the first 500 service exporters according to the results of its research, which enables service exporters to see their position in the industry and general ranking free of charge. The research and its results are published as a book.

The Turkey Exporters’ Assembly evaluates the service export volume of the companies in airline passenger transport based on the following criteria:
Revenue from the tickets sold to international passengers
Revenue from operational leases abroad
Revenue from financial leases abroad
Other revenues (for example, offering services such as repair and maintenance to aircraft that belong to international individuals and companies)

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