Turkish Airlines is the leading airline operator of Turkey and the main base in Ataturk International Airport. Although it is not a European airline operator, Turkish Airlines are subject to the EC Regulation 261 of 2004 for the flights departing from EU. In addition, according to the Turkish legislation called SHY-Passenger which is prepared based on the EC 261, passengers have similar rights as in EU Carriers for the Turkish Airlines flights departing from non-EU locations. According to SHY Passenger, if your flight is cancelled, you are denied from boarding or your flight is delayed more than 5 hours, then you are entitled to compensation as follows:
Moreover, you have also right to demand hot/cold beverage, meal and accommodation depending on the waiting period.
Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 in Turkey. Turkish Airlines’s headquarters are currently located in Istanbul and the main base in Ataturk International Airport. Turkish Airlines is a star alliance member. The company has won the Skytrax awards Best Airline in Southern Europe, Best Business Class Lounge and Best Business Class Lounge Dining. Bilal Ekşi leads the company as the CEO. Its subsidiaries include Anadolu Jet, SunExpress, Turkish Technic, Air Albania, THY Teknik A.Ş., THY OPET Aviation Fuels and North Cyprus Airlines.
Turkish Airlines employs more than 31,543 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 334 aircraft. It has declared $ 10,958,000,000 in revenue. Turkish Airlines offers service to 300 destinations in 117 countries and they have carried more than 68.6 million passengers in 2017.
Turkish Airlines’s fleet consists of Airbus A321 model aircrafts. The average age of the fleet is 6.8 years. The youngest aircrafts are the Boeing 777 at 4.5 years old. They rank 10 among 67 airlines operating this type of aircraft. The most common aircraft in the fleet is the Airbus A321 with 68 of them at hand. They rank 46 among 116 airlines operating this type of aircraft.
Turkish Airlines have 6 accident reports to date. The most recent one is in 2009 at Amsterdam, Netherlands with Boeing 737 Next Gen aircraft.