29 APRIL 2013
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Said to be one of the world’s fastest growing air carriers Turkish Airlines has now started flights to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from Istanbul. The addition of this route is part of Turkish Airlines’ rapid global expansion. It now has the world's fourth largest flight network, with 222 destinations in 99 countries.
The route introduction coincides with the Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus successfully launching an IPO on the Istanbul Stock Market. It currently has a fleet of 42 Boeing 737-800 aircraft but plans to change to Airbus, taking 85 Neos from 2015. From London it serves Istanbul’s Asian airport called Sabiha Gökçen, from where you can connect to North Cyprus.
The Turkish Airlines’ Kuala Lumpur introduction is being heavily marketed in the UK emphasising the Istanbul connections from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester. From Istanbul a two-class Airbus A340 is used for the 10-hour flight. www.turkishairlines.com
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