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Turkish Airlines Named ‘Best Airline in Europe’ for Fourth Consecutive Year at 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards

Airline Also Takes “Best Airline in Southern Europe,” “Best Business Class Onboard Catering,” “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” Honors

ME NewsWire/Business Wire

ISTANBUL. - Thursday, July 17th 2014

Farnborough International Airshow 2014

Turkish Airlines, which flies to 257 destinations worldwide, in 107 countries, more than any other airline, was recognized at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards, and announced today at the Farnborough Airshow as the "Best Airline in Europe" for the fourth year in a row. More than 18 million air travelers voted, making Turkish Airlines the only airline in the world to win this accolade in four consecutive years. The airline also won “Best Airline in Southern Europe,” "Best Business Class Catering,” and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining.”

 “This is a tremendous honor for our airline and one that we are extremely proud of,” said Turkish Airlines’ CEO Temel Kotil, Ph.D. “Our success inspires us to continue to improve and deliver the unparalleled service global travelers have come to expect from Turkish Airlines.”

This year’s awards mark a continued period of success for the airline which has seen passenger numbers rise by 16.8 percent so far in 2014 compared to the same period last year. Additionally, by the end of June 2014, the number of destinations increased to 257 from 234, compared to June of 2013. During the same time period, the number of aircraft increased to 257 from 223.

Turkish Airlines continues to cement its position as one of the world's leading airlines by the significant investments it made in recent years, the awards received, impressive growth figures, large-scale aircraft orders, continuously expanding route network and innovative approaches, that constantly help to improve the airline’s huge family consisting of 40,000 employees.

This year’s awards were based on the results of over 18 million passenger surveys, with more than 105 nationalities from over 160 countries participating, covering 245 airlines. A world recognized brand associated with air travel excellence in the 21st century, Skytrax provides unique products to the world airline and airport industry through professional audit and service benchmarking programs of airlines, airline alliances, airports and related air transport product and service suppliers across the globe. Skytrax has become the world leader in ranking aviation offers; with no outside sponsorship, advertising or influence, it is the most respected global airline passenger study in the industry.

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About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 257 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 257 destinations worldwide with 214 international and 43 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2014, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the fourth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the sixth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service" and in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's "Best Business Catering Service" and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” prizes in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on the following website:

About Star Alliance:

Turkish Airlines is a member of the airline alliance, Star Alliance which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Air India has been announced as a future member airline with Avianca Brazil to join under the existing Avianca membership. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 18,000 daily flights to 1,269 airports in 193 countries.

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