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Turkish Airlines hits highest load factor in January

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Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8%. Total Load Factor improved by 7.3 points to 79.8% with an increase of 17% in Available Seat Kilometer, while international LF increased by 7.5 points to 78.6%. Domestic and International flights have reached the highest January LF of Turkish Airlines history. Double digit growth in demand (revenue per kilometer) that commenced in July 2017, kept on with 29% demand growth in January 2018. Excluding international-to-international transfer passengers (transit passengers), number of international passengers went up by 45%.

In January, cargo/mail volume increased by 34%, compared to January 2017. Main contributors to the growth in cargo/mail volume, are Middle East with 45% increase, Domestic Lines with 44% increase and and Europe with 39% increase. In January, Load Factor increased for all regions. North America, Middle East, Central America, South America and Africa showed visible growth among other regions with 13 points, 1 points, 9 points and 8 points increase, respectively.

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 330 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 300 destinations worldwide with 251 international and 49 domestic.

According to the 2017 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines, already having a six consecutive years of Best Airline in Europe award between 2011-2016, now chosen as the Best Airline in Southern Europe for the ninth consecutive times. Having won the Best Economy Class Onboard Catering award in 2010, Turkish Airlines also awarded as the World’s Best Business Class Onboard Catering in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and 2017.

Winning the World’s Best Business Class Lounge award in 2015 and 2017, the global carrier also picked up the World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining award for the third consecutive years according to this year’s survey results.


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