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Turkish Air Appoints Bilal Ekşi Chief Executive as Kotil Resigns

  • Bilal Ekşi has been head of civil aviation since April 2011
  • Carrier this year posted worst quarterly result since 1999

Turkish Airlines, which posted losses for two straight quarters, appointed the nation’s head of civil aviation, Bilal Ekşi, as its chief executive officer.

Ekşi helped manage the reorganization of Cyprus Turkish Airlines between 2009 and 2010 before being named the director general of civil aviation in 2011. He takes over from Temel Kotil, who resigned last week with immediate effect to become the head of Turkish Aerospace Industries.