Turk­ish Air­lines cel­e­brates Los An­ge­les gateway launch

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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.

Fol­low­ing speeches

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.

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