After preliminary remotediscussions, the representatives of the flag carrier of Turkey arrived in Samara on August10, 2010 on a working visit. During the meeting, they have carried outnegotiations with the management and relevant services of Kurumoch Airport,but also with the representatives of other businesses located at Samara,including a refueling company, an in-flight catering service provider, an airtraffic and navigation services company, customs and immigration controlpoints.
The representatives of thenational airline of Turkeyhave been introduced to the basic infrastructure facilities of Kurumoch, butalso to the current security measures and ground handling and passengerservices provided for national and foreign carriers here at Samara.
According to TurkishAirlines, the carrier hopes to launch its new scheduled service between Samaraand Istanbul inspring 2011. To begin with, the Airline will introduce three-times-a-weekflights, whereas long term plans from Turkish Airlines include increased flightfrequency between these two cities, from three to seven times weekly.
This new service will allowpassengers travelling transit through Istanbulto have a wide choice of regional and international connecting flights. TheAirline's loyalty program will also allow passengers to earn miles by flying onTurkish Airlines and other Star Alliance member airlines. Among the Airline’stravel benefits based on the number of miles are free tickets, upgrades onTurkish Airlines flights, and additional baggage allowance.
THY- Turkish Airlines, Inc. is the national airline of Turkey founded in 1933. The Turkishgovernment retains a 49% stake, while private owners hold the remaining 51%stake. The Airline’s main base is at Ataturk International Airport.Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliancenetwork and offers its passengers flights to more than 160 destinations across the globe. The Turkish Airlines fleet consists of 145 Airbus andBoeing aircraft (A319, A320, A321, A330-200, A330-300, A340-300, Boeing737-400 and Boeing 737-800). In 2010,the Airline was selected by SkyTrax as providing the best economy class foodservices in the world and as the Best Airline in Southern Europe.
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