Turkish Airlines


Turkish Airlines was initially founded on May 20, 1933 with the name 'State Airlines Administration'. In the same year, with five 28-seat planes, it started operation on its first route between Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and Ekisehir. In the following years, it had developed so rapidly that up to 1945 it had grown into the largest air carrier in the Middle East. The operation of Ankara-Istanbul-Athens route in 1947 symbolized its entrance into the international market. On March 1, 1956, State Airlines Administration was restructured and renamed Turkish Airlines, which marked its official establishment. In the 1990s, it was privatized and merged with Turkish Air Transportation, which promised Turkish Airlines a brighter future.

Now, Turkish Airlines reaches over 110 destinations in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. As of June 2007, its fleet includes 44 Airbuses and 54 Boeings. 59 new planes have been ordered and will be put into use in the near future.

Flights to/from China:

1. Shanghai - Beijing - Istanbul
2. Hong Kong – Istanbul

In 1972, Turkey and China signed the bilateral air traffic agreement. On May 20, 1999, an A340 plane landed at Beijing Capital International Airport. It was the first flight operated by Turkish Airlines to China. At the beginning of the next year, this route was extended to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Now, its flight can also reach Hong Kong.

Aircraft Types:

Up to June 2008, the Turkish avicade has 42 Boeing 737-800s, 9 Boeing 737-400s, 7 Airbus A340-300s, 5 Airbus A330-200s, 17 Airbus A321s, 16 Airbus A320s, 2 Airbus A319s and 3 Airbus A310s.


The air pivotal ports of Turkish Airlines are located in Istanbul and Ankara.

Useful Numbers:

1. Beijing Office
Tel: (+86)10 64651867 Ext.12/13/14
Fax: (+86)10 64651865 (Weekdays only, 09:00 - 18:00)

2. Shanghai Office
Tel: (+86)21 32220022/62798392
Fax: (+86)21 32220021 (Weekdays only, 09:00 - 18:00)

3. Hong Kong Office
Tel: (+852)22610388
Fax: (+852)22610322 (Monday - Wednesday and Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00; Thursday and Sunday: 11:30 - 23:30; Friday: Closed.)

4. 24-hour Reservation
Tel: (+90)212 4440849

5. Turkish Airlines General Management
Tel: (+90)212 4636363
Fax: (+90)212 4652121

Prizes and Credit:

The Skytrax judged Turkish Airlines the four star airlines. In 2007, the airlines became one of the European Airlines which grew fastest in passenger transportation volume. Also, it was the airway which lost least luggage in the same year.

Business Scope:

Besides the passenger transport, Turkish Airlines also offers high quality, fast and reliable air freight service. At present, there are about 70 airlines which has started air cargo business with Turkey, of which Turkish airlines occupies a half of market share. It is always making great effort to become the preferred air cargo company in the areas where its flights covers. After becoming a member of Star Alliance, Turkish Airlines will keep providing more travel destinations and better services for passengers.

Official Website:


- Last modified on Jan. 25, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Turkish Airlines
Asked by derrick from GHANA | Jan. 20, 2019 19:34Reply
check-in baggage inquiry
please may i know if a single 32 inches LED TV can be allowed as a check-in baggage on Turkish airline’s flight? flight will be from shanghai PVG to ACCA (accra)
Answers (2)
Answered by Alan from CANADA | Jan. 21, 2019 21:45

Yes, it can be consigned but the extra fee will be charged and you are suggested to contact your air company in advance.
Answered by derrick from GHANA | Jan. 25, 2019 04:35

thanks for your reply. i will do just that
Asked by Abraha JHh from ERITREA | Jun. 16, 2016 01:49Reply
Flight missed cose of china immigration status
Hello my name is Abraha JGH am traveling from china to London by turkey air way unfortunately cose of china immigration policy feel to catch my plan though I come in time and finish very order and stranded in pudong air port and need help from Turkish air way ,thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by TCG | Jun. 16, 2016 05:23

Thank you for your inquiry.
However, we are TravelChinaGuide instead of the airlines. For your request we suggest you to contact the airline directly instead. Hope for your kind understanding.
Asked by Cem from TURKEY | Jan. 11, 2016 02:30Reply
contact details request
Dear Sir
We would like to know the details about if there is AirChina main office in Turkey and could you be please send us the chinaair way details please
Answers (1)
Answered by Ray | Jan. 11, 2016 03:31

AirChina do not have office in Turkey, you may call their hot line instead for a try: 0086-95583/ 0086-10-95583
Asked by jo from SHANGHAI | Jul. 11, 2015 02:05Reply
Flight to Istanbul TK27
Is tonight's cancelled? If so, how to we get on the next available flight?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr. Daniel from AU | Jul. 11, 2015 03:49

Oh, you should contact with your booking agency or airline company.
Asked by Vivian Lau from HONG KONG | Apr. 29, 2015 22:06Reply
I have reserved flight to Spain. I need to make change before my payment. please help!!
My booking no. is TF3XXX. One passenger will not go and I need to cancel her name. I cannot do so and only the airline officer can change the information. I confirm the flight and would like to delete the passenger "Ng Fung XXX" from our list. Please help me process so that I can settle the fee before 1/5/2015. I would like to tell you the details via my email.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 30, 2015 02:03

Thank you for your message.
However we are sorry that we are TravelChinaGuide instead of Turkish Airlines. The information listed on our website is only for reference. If you are looking for the Turkish Airlines, please try to contact them directly. If you booked from us, please offer us your tracking number or you can write to bookingtravelchinaguide.com for the change request. Thank you.
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