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Turkish Airlines Launches Non-stop Flights Between Houston and Istanbul



   Turkish Airlines Launches Non-stop Flights Between Houston and Istanbul

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, April 1, 2013

Europe's Best Airline Plans for Takeoff at George Bush Intercontinental
Airport

HOUSTON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Turkish Airlines, one of the
world's fastest growing airlines, is expanding its presence in the United
States. Today marks the launch of its newest gateway in Houston, Texas.
Houston becomes the fifth U.S. gateway, joining Los Angeles, New York, Chicago
and Washington, D.C. The airline will offer non-stop flights from George Bush
Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport
(IST).

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130401/DC86593 )

"We're delighted that Turkish Airlines can now serve the Houston community and
better connect them with our services to 220 destinations globally via
Istanbul," says Hamdi Topcu, Turkish Airlines' Chairman of the Board and
Chairman of the Executive Committee. "Houston is a key point in the
international aviation. We believe that these new flights will make
international travel easier and more convenient for both business and leisure
travelers in the area."

Members of the media, along with Hamdi Topcu, Turkish Minister of Economy
Zafer Caglayan, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the Consul General of Turkey in
Houston Cemalettin Aydin, President  of the Investment Support and Promotion
Agency  of Turkey (ISPAT), Ilker Ayci, and Houston Airport System Director of
Aviation Mario Diaz, attended the launch event at Terminal D at George Bush
Intercontinental Airport before Turkish Airlines' inaugural flight. The event
featured authentic Turkish cuisine, live entertainment, a ribbon cutting
ceremony and speaker remarks by top officials from local government, the
Turkish government, Turkish Airlines, and the Houston Airport System.

"The direct flights to Istanbul will strengthen trade, investment and tourism
ties for Houston in Turkey," said Mayor Annise Parker. "I will lead a trade
mission later this month to Istanbul to capitalize on the new air service and
develop more economic relationships that will build a stronger bond between
our global markets."

For the first time ever, Houstonites will be able to experience firsthand
Turkish Airlines' unparalleled service, award-winning gourmet cuisine and
amenities on the Boeing-777 aircraft en route to Istanbul. Houston service of
Turkish Airlines will start with four frequencies per week: Mondays, Tuesdays,
Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning from July 3, 2013, the weekly frequencies of
the mentioned flights will increase to six : Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

"This new route positions Texas with a new strategic advantage for
international commerce since more than 300 Houston companies have business or
trade ties with Turkey," said Mario C. Diaz, Director of the Houston Airport
System. "In addition, Turkish Airlines offers outstanding connections from
Istanbul, where a connecting passenger will have only three hours flying time
to 50 different countries."

Thirty-nine million passengers flew with Turkish Airlines in 2012 and that
number is expected to grow by nine million this year, resulting in a 20%
increase compared to 2011. With Houston being the fourth largest city in the
United States in terms of population and home to thousands of Turkish
residents it was a natural choice for the airlines' next gateway. Houston is
comprised of many different ethnic communities, many whom travel frequently to
their homelands. Trade missions between Texas and Turkey have dramatically
increased over the past few years and with the introduction of Turkish
Airlines in the Houston market, investment opportunities will multiply.

Introductory fares from Houston to Istanbul start at $599. Tickets can now be
purchased online at http://www.turkishairlines.com/.

About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member,
Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 215 aircraft
(passenger and cargo) flying to 220 cities around the world, comprised of  36
domestic and 184 international destinations. One of the fastest growing
airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several "Passengers Choice
Awards" from the consumer  ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012
results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of "Best Airline
Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" for its Comfort Class seats and "Best
Airline Southern Europe". It has also received awards for its catering and
holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of
top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation
of "World's Best Economy Class On-board Catering" in 2010, and Skyscanner's
"Best On-board Food 2011". Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the
Flying Chef service on-board.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global
airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to
the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised
by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award
and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The
member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China,
Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, AviancaTaca, Brussels
Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT
Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines
,Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal,
Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. EVA Air have been announced as
future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900
daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries.

About Houston Airport System:
The Houston Airport System served 50 million passengers in 2012. Houston's
three airports, George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby
Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) contribute over $27 billion to the
regional economy. Visit fly2houston.com and follow us @HobbyAirport and @IAH.

SOURCE Houston Airport System

Website: http://www.fly2houston.com
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