Turkish Airlines aims to be top airline by 2023

Airline sets goal to be part of Turkey’s republic anniversary celebrations

Turkish Airlines plans to be part of the list of the world’s top 10 airlines within the next 12 years – in time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Turkey as a republic. The carrier’s chairman, Hamdi Topcu, told the Anatolia news agency: “We want Turkish Airlines to become one of the top 10 airlines in the world with global connections and direct flights to all points. We are planning to make Istanbul a hub for international flights and make Turkish Airlines a crucial cargo carrier.”
To help achieve this, the airline plans to extend its sponsorship program. It is already a sponsor for the EuroLeague, Barcelona and Manchester United football clubs. It posted a net profit of the equivalent of €129 million in 2010 and carried 6.7 million passengers in Q1 2011, up 8.7% on the year.
[pictured: Business Class onboard Turkish Airlines]