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Arriving Airline Named “Best in Europe”

Turkish Airlines Receives Prestigious Award

August 31, 2012

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Turkish Airlines was recently named "Europe's Best Airline" by Skytrax, a leading global aviation research organization.
Turkish Airlines, scheduled to begin operations in Houston in April 2013, was recently named “Europe’s Best Airline,” by Skytrax, a leading global aviation research organization.

It was the second consecutive year that Turkish Airlines took home the prestigious award.

“We have always held our staff to the highest of standards to ensure we are delivering a superior product and unparalleled service to our customers,” said Turkish Airlines president and CEO, Temel Kotil, Ph.D. “Winning this award from Skytrax on behalf of the traveling public is an honor and serves as proof that our efforts have paid off.”

Turkish Airlines, which currently flies to more than 200 destinations across the globe, announced in June that a non-stop flight between George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Istanbul, Turkey will begin on April 1, 2013.

The new flight is expected to create a meaningful economic boost to the Greater Houston region, since the Houston to Turkey trade value is estimated at $3.6 billion annually.

“The Houston Airport System exists to connect people, businesses, cultures and economies of the world to Houston,” says Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System. “This flight will open up more convenient travel options to both Turkey and beyond points, in particular, those in South/Central Asia and Africa."

In addition to the designation of “Europe’s Best Airline,” Turkish Airlines was also recognized by Skytrax as the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” and “Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat.”

The new service in Houston will operate four days per week with flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- Departure from Houston at 7:50 p.m. local time and arrival to Istanbul at 3:55 p.m. local time
- Departure from Istanbul at 1:05 p.m. local time and arrival in Houston at 6:05 p.m. local time

The flights are currently available in the Turkish Airlines reservation system at Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, which is the dominant airline network at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the largest hub for the Star Alliance.
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