Turkish Airlines celebrates Los Angeles gateway launch
ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines launched the first nonstop flight from Los Angeles' LAX Airport to Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. To celebrate the new route, Turkish Airlines and global brand ambassador Kobe Bryant held a gala event at Paramount Studios.
Attended by over 500 guests, the event included traditional Turkish dances led by Turkish pop musician Kenan Dogulu and actress Sonya Macari. Outfitted with plush lounge seating and intimate tables, the event transported guests to an evening in the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul. In addition to traditional Turkish dishes by the airlines' award-winning in-flight catering company Do&Co, attendees enjoyed entrees by Patina Catering.
by Turkish Airlines' Chairman Hamdi Topcu, Consul General Hakan Tekin, and Turkish Airlines' General Manager, Western USA, Fatma Yuceler, Kobe Bryant commanded the stage with a captivating drum performance. In keeping with Turkish custom, an exchange of gifts took place between Kobe Bryant and Chairman Topcu; Mr. Bryant presented the Chairman with his Lakers jersey and limited edition Nike sneakers in Lakers colors, while Mr. Topcu extended a model Turkish Airlines plane.
In addition to the gala event, earlier in the day Turkish Airlines welcomed the first arrival flight from Istanbul with a water canon salute and ribbon cutting ceremony at LAX Airport. Speeches were made by Hamdi Topcu, LAWAExecutive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, Ms. Yuceler and Mr. Tekin. Passengers and guests were offered cake and sparkling juice to commemorate the event. The flights from Los Angeles to Istanbul are scheduled to depart four times per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) aboard the brand-new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
To encourage U.S. travelers to take advantage of the new LA gateway, Turkish Airlines is offering an exceptionally discounted rate on all flights from Los Angeles to Istanbul purchased on or before April 30, 2011. Round-trip flights are available for $752.00 including all taxes and fees. Passengers can book their travel on TurkishAirlines.com, call 1800-874-8875 or work with their preferred travel agent.