Istanbul: Turkish Airlines has plans to raise the number of flights to Dhaka, said Tuncay Eminoglu, vice-president of sales for Asia and Far East regions of Turkish Airlines.
The airline would also like to recruit Bangladeshis in different capacities for its offices around the world. “We are very open to recruitment. Bangladeshis are most welcome to apply for posts of pilots and crew,” “We are very open to recruitment. Bangladeshis are most welcome to apply for posts of pilots and crew,” he told to Bangladesh independent newspaper The Daily Star. Giving a brief history of the carrier, he said when Turkish Airlines started its journey back in 1933 it had only five aircraft flying to four destinations in one country.
Eighty-five years down the line, the airline has now more international destinations than any other in the world, covering 305 destinations of 302 cities in 121 countries.
“In 2023, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic, our target is to reach 120 million passengers, earn $30 billion in revenue and add more than 500 fleets.”
Some 10 million passengers were carried in 2003, and this figure rose to 48 million in 2013. In 2017, the total number of passengers carried by the airline reached 68.6 million, up 9.3 percent year-on-year.
Turkish Airlines currently has 326 aircraft -- 218 narrow-body, 90 wide-body and 18 cargo planes – with 231 more to be added to the fleet next year.
The group has now more than 50,000 employees working worldwide and 11 subsidiaries, according to the vice-president.
Eminoglu revealed that his airline will begin to fly from Istanbul New Airport, which will be officially opened on October 29, with a more dynamic structure.
“It is going to be the biggest airport in the world with the capacity of 200 million passengers. It will be the largest airport terminal under a single roof.”
Once fully operational, the airport will strengthen Istanbul's position as a transfer hub and transform the European airspace.