Con­nect­ing the Dots

Turk­ish Air­lines of­fers flights noted by both world­wide reach and ser­vice qual­ity

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Art Of Luxury -

Glanc­ing at a map, one can mark any city and likely, Turk­ish Air­lines has al­ready done it, stay­ing con­nected and fly­ing con­stantly to and from such places.

With one of the world’s largest fleets, flights to the most des­ti­na­tions from a sin­gle air­port, and of­fices in six con­ti­nents, Turk­ish Air­lines lives through to its com­mit­ment to open­ing up the world to its pas­sen­gers.

Turk­ish Air­lines flies to 299 des­ti­na­tions, 250 be­ing in­ter­na­tional. The con­nec­tions stay old, sweet­ened and ma­tured by the decades, but the fleet stays young with an av­er­age aero­plane age of 6.9 years, abreast of the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in aero­nau­tics, ac­quir­ing the lat­est Air­buses and Boe­ings. Of its fleet of more than 300 air­craft.

The air­line earns the above su­perla­tives. Go­ing be­yond its huge scale, awards gar­nered by the car­rier over the years are rooted in the air­line’s com­mit­ment to high stan­dards of pas­sen­ger ser­vice, recog­nised for its in- flight cater­ing, and voted as Europe’s Best Air­line for six con­sec­u­tive years as noted in the in­de­pen­dent Sky­trax sur­vey. It is also the car­rier of choice of var­i­ous foot­ball clubs and renowned ath­letes and ac­tors.

The above sur­vey also con­firms the air­line’s pres­ti­gious stand­ing in the world of in- flight din­ing and cui­sine as well as for the luxe lounges in its ma­jor hubs, gar­ner­ing in­de­pen­dent awards in these avi­a­tion cat­e­gories. In- tran­sit, must­tries are its bread and dip or meze se­lec­tions

with fruits served on the side. Pre­sen­ta­tion and taste make for a gourmet palate 35,000 feet above sea level. Halal and veg­e­tar­ian se­lec­tions are also avail­able.

Head­quar­tered in Is­tan­bul, a unique gate­way be­tween Euro­pean and Asian cul­tures, Turk­ish Air­lines in­deed ban­ners the dis­tinc­tion of con­nec­tion and ex­change. En­joy gourmet Turk­ish clas­sics such as skew­ers, meat­balls, as well as lo­cal ver­sions of pasta and pizza over cock­tails and live mu­sic. The main lounge also finds it­self sit­u­ated in an olive grove, a per­fect way to start one’s tour of the coun­try.

For lengthy cross- con­ti­nent voy­ages span­ning hours, pas­sen­gers can opt to slow down and un­wind at the eleventh hour or perk up near land­ing with an in- flight en­ter­tain­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tem that cre­ates an en­vi­ron­ment unto- it­self, tak­ing up min­i­mal space while ad­her­ing to the high­est stan­dards of in­dus­trial de­sign.

What­ever has­sles still re­main are fur­ther stream­lined when fly­ing busi­ness class. Pas­sen­gers tak­ing this tier are wel­comed with flow­ers and choco­lates prior to the flight and pas­sage through pri­vate en­try lanes. Larger bag­gage al­lowances also en­sure that busi­ness es­sen­tials make the trip. In- flight, one can ex­pect the ap­pro­pri­ate meals depend­ing on the time of the day, whipped up with an ex­tra touch of class by the air­line’s Fly­ing Chefs. Flights ex­ceed­ing eight hours main­tain can­dlelit din­ners and snack bars. Look out for must- try bundles of Turk­ish bread and other de­lights. Freshen up to­wards jour­ney’s end at pri­vate lava­to­ries as well as hot towel and wake- up ser­vices.

At touch­down, ow­ing to all these pre­mi­ums, yours and the pas­sen­gers’ ap­plause is in­deed earnest. With Turk­ish Air­lines, a world ap­par­ently get­ting smaller in re­al­ity widens hori­zons and strength­ens con­nec­tions be­tween folks and their se­cond, third, and fourth homes.

TURK­ISH AIR­LINES

1401 14th Floor BDO Eq­ui­table Tower, 8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City • T+632 8640600 • F+632 8640598 Email at tick­et­[email protected]

home is where the hub is En­joy live mu­sic and luxe ac­co­mo­da­tions at Turk­ish Air­line's lounge at its main hub in Is­tan­bul

Fly in style (Clock­wise from left) Busi­ness Class seats are well-ap­pointed for long flights; en­joy the finest in-flight cui­sine with their famed Fly­ing Chefs; Amer­ica-bound flights ex­clu­sively fea­ture top-class Denon head­phones for am­bi­ent re­lax­ation

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