Boston Logan’s Global Reach Takes Off with Turkish Airlines
Nonstop service to Istanbul brings easy connections to Middle East, India and Africa
BOSTON – Boston is more firmly connected to the global economy today with the start of Turkish Airlines first nonstop service from Boston Logan International Airport to Istanbul, Turkey with convenient connections to 248 global destinations, including cities in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, and more countries compared to any other airline. Boston service will start with five flights per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. After June 10, 2014, flights from Boston to Istanbul will increase to daily frequency.
Massport, which owns and operates Boston Logan, estimates that more than $330 million in ticket sales were generated in in the first three quarters of 2013 by more than 480,000 passengers traveling between Boston and the top 60 international destinations, which are also accessible through Turkish Airlines’ main hub at Ataturk International Airport.
“Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our competitiveness in global markets,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “I am excited for the start of non-stop service to Istanbul, which is will drive tourism, job growth and catalyze international investment. I thank Massport for its leadership and Turkish airlines for its partnership.”
Turkish Airlines, recently voted Europe’s Best Airline at the 2013 Skytrax Passengers Choice Awards for the third consecutive year, will use a 289-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft, which includes 28 Business Class flat-bed seats.
“We are thrilled to launch our newest U.S. gateway in a city as culturally rich and diverse as Boston,” said Temel Kotil, Ph.D., CEO, Turkish Airlines. “This new location fortifies Turkish Airlines’ positioning as a top global airline connecting people around the world through our magnificent hub, Istanbul.”
Massport competes with airports around the globe for new international service. Turkish Airlines now operates six gateways in the United States: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Houston; Washington, D.C.; and Boston.
"Boston has taken major steps to represent, lead, and serve in a global economy with regards to international business and tourism," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "This is our vision of inclusion; one that is international. We’re embracing this direct connection to Istanbul, Turkey and look forward to seeing more visitors to our great City."
Attracting new international service is a global competition and Massport, with the help of Gov. Patrick, the business and civic communities, has gotten new routes to Tokyo, Panama, Dubai and Istanbul in the last two years. Nonstop service to Beijing starts next month.
”Nonstop international flights to and from Logan stimulate our economy and our region,” said Thomas P Glynn, Massport’s CEO. “This new service helps open new doors and new possibilities. Logan is truly New England’s gateway to the world.’’
With Gov. Patrick in office, 11 new international destinations have been added to Logan’s route map since 2007.
Turkish Airlines Flight TK81 to Boston will take about 10½ hours, with departures from Istanbul at 1:35 p.m. local time and arrival at Boston at 5:00 p.m. Flight TK82 will depart Boston at 11:45 p.m. and arrive in Istanbul at 4:25 p.m. local time, with a flight time of 9 hours and 40 minutes.
In the first two months of 2014, Turkish Airlines experienced a 22.1 percent increase in passenger numbers from 6.4 million to 7.8 million, compared with the same period last year. This progression is due in part to its position as the carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline.
Turkish Airlines’ growth in number of passengers coincides with Turkey enjoying a significant boost in tourism. Istanbul is rapidly becoming a connecting point for international passengers and is on track to become Europe’s third-busiest airport this year, asserting itself as a hub for worldwide travel. The country welcomed 34.9 million non-Turkish visitors in 2013, a 9.84 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 241 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 248 destinations worldwide with 205 international and 43 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2013, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the third year in a row and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the fourth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service" award, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's "Best Business Catering Service" prize in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on their website: www.turkishairlines.com.
About Boston Logan International Airport:
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, and serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 76 domestic and 36 international destinations and in 2013 handled more than 30 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities. For more information please visit massport.com.