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.

- Last modified on Mar. 14, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Turkish Airlines
Asked by ashok s from INDIA | Apr. 25, 2019 07:49Reply
we are staying at Harbour Plaza North Point Hotel need dairy and milk product shop near by pls guide
we couldn't find it
Answers (1)
Answered by Jenny from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 27, 2019 17:55

Walk southwest about 120m, there is a convenience store 7-ELEVEn and there may be milk product. However, you can consult the staff of the hotel and they may know more information.
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 Richard mirfield from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 17, 2019 13:45Reply
Were staying at the Hong Kong Shamrock hotel ,what bus do we take to the ladies markets?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bailey from FINLAND | Jan. 17, 2019 17:25

Take Tsuen Wan Line from Jordan Station to Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. It takes around 15 mins on the way with the ticket fare of 4.6HKD per person. Walk southeast around 200 meters to the market.
Asked by mm630 from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 11, 2018 23:49Reply
how can I get to Mongkok or Ladies Nite market ? my hotel is Rambler Hotel
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from CANADA | Mar. 12, 2018 01:06

I wonder if you stay at Rambler Garden Hotel. If so, you may walk to Ching Tao House Cheung Ching Estate and take bus no. 42A to Mong Kok Railway Station. After that, walk to your destination.
Asked by YD Wong from SINGAPORE | Dec. 23, 2017 06:03Reply
Pre-Chinese New Year shopping in hong kong
Hi! Are there particular places or quarters in HK that sells lots of Chinese New Year goodies and festival food?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jude from GERMANY | Dec. 24, 2017 21:01

You are suggested to go to Causeway Bay and Mong Kok! Enjoy your time!
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