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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Turkish Airlines To Start Direct Flight To KL

Turkish Airlines is flying back to Kuala Lumpur next month after a hiatus of 10 years and expects the Istanbul-KL route load factor to average about 80%.

“Istanbul-KL is a big potential for us. We hope to carry as many passengers as possible. Our target is to have a daily flight direct from Istanbul to KL,” Singapore general manager Cengiz Inceosman said at a briefing to announce its inaugural direct flight to KL on April 25 with three flights per week.

The Turkish flag carrier will increase its frequency to four flights per week from June 17. The airline terminated its flights to KL via Bangkok in 2002.

Inceosman said the airline was “confident” it could fill its aircraft. “Our strategy is to have different type of passengers and that opens up possibilities. We are not dependent on only one group of customers. We have been successful with Hong Kong, Jakarta and Singapore routes.”

“We are no longer a point-to-point airline but a network airline. We offers connectivity,” Inceosman said, adding that 23% of its total revenue derived from Asia region.

Turkish Airlines has a total of 210 aircraft including cargo freighters.

It would begin flying to KL using A340 aircraft and subsequenly to B777. It had ordered 20 new B777-300ERs. Turkish Airlines would also leverage on the local Umrah market to Jeddah and Madinah through Istanbul.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd general manager (marketing) Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah said the resumption of the service would strengthen the Malaysia-Europe connection, thus boosting traffic development between the two countries.

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