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Turkish Airlines was founded in 1933 under the Turkish Ministry of Defence and restructured as Turkey’s commercial state airline in 1956. The airline is currently headquartered in Istanbul and flies to 179 destinations, with plans to include several more in the next few years.
Miles & Smiles is the Turkish Airlines loyalty program and the carrier is also part of the Star Alliance, with codeshare and partnership agreements with all alliance members including Air Canada. Turkish Airlines is a Skyrax 4-star airline and as a sponsor for football clubs like Barcelona FC and Manchester United FC, as well as the Euroleague basketball games, it is popular airline choice for European sports fans.
Turkish Airlines aircraft are white with a red tail on which the airline’s emblem is painted in a white circle.
Turkish Airlines offers three easy options for check-in:
Online Check-in services are offered on most Turkish Airlines routes and passengers can check-in and choose their seats from 24 hours to 90 minutes prior to their flight’s departure. Once you’re checked-in, either print out your online boarding pass or collect it when you’re dropping off your bags at the designated counter at the airport. This service is not available for passengers flying with one of the airline’s code-share partners.
Self Check-in kiosks for Turkish Airlines are only provided at 16 airports, although the airline plans to introduce more of these across its domestic and international networks. The touchscreen kiosks can be used by passengers to check-in up to 12 hours before the flight’s scheduled departures. Travellers should keep in mind that the kiosks can only be used up to 45 minutes before the flight’s departure on domestic routes, and up to 60 minutes prior on international routes. Those travelling with luggage can drop off their bags at the designated counters before proceeding to the security gates.
Airport Counter Check-in services should be used by all passengers who have paper tickets instead of electronic ones. This service is also a convenient option if you need to pay excess baggage fees or have special travel needs. The queue for airport counters can sometimes be very long so it’s best to get in line as soon as you can to ensure you meet the check-in deadline.
The recommended check-in time is two hours for international flights and one hour on domestic routes. Check-in counters for international flights close an hour before the scheduled departure time while domestic flight check-in counters close 45 minutes prior to departure. A government-issued photo ID is a must when checking-in for Turkish Airlines flights.
For information on unaccompanied minors and passengers with special needs, visit the Turkish Airlines website.
Checked Luggage Restrictions for Turkish Airlines
The free checked-luggage allowance on Turkish Airlines flights is dependent on the route you’re flying. On most international routes, First Class passengers are allowed up to 60 kg of checked-in luggage, which is reduced to 40 kg if the passenger is flying on a Star Alliance partner airline. Business Class passengers can carry up to 30 kg of luggage and for both seat classes, each bag should not measure more than 158 cm (L + W + H). Passengers flying Economy Class can carry luggage weighing up to 20 kg, and each bag should measure no more than 273 cm (L + W + H). Non-fare paying infants are given a checked baggage allowance of one 10 kg bag and one stroller, each measuring no more than 115 cm (L + W + H).
For flights to and from the US and Canada, First Class and Business Class travellers can check-in up to two bags, each weighing no more than 32 kg and measuring less than 158 cm (L + W + H). Economy Class passengers can also check-in two bags but the weight limit on most routes is restricted to 23 kg and a measurement of 273 cm (L + W + H). Infants are allowed one bag weighing no more than 23 kg as well as a stroller, each measuring less than 115 cm.
Passengers with connecting flights on Turkish Airlines can check-in their luggage through to their destination and keep a track of their bags online. Excess baggage fees vary depending on the flight route and you can find more information regarding the checked-in baggage policy on the airline’s website.
Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for Turkish Airlines
The carry-on baggage allowance varies depending on the class of service you are travelling in. Business and First Class passengers are allowed up to two carry-on items, while Comfort Class and Economy Class passengers are allowed one carry-on item per passenger. Each bag must not weigh more than 8 kg and should measure less than 23 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm.
In addition, one personal item like an overcoat, laptop bag, baby stroller, or camera case, is also allowed on-board. You can find detailed information regarding carry-on baggage restrictions on the airline’s website.
Turkish Airlines Special Luggage Requirements
Small musical instruments or sports equipment restricted to one golf bag or ski case can contribute towards your free baggage allowance and there is no extra charge for checking it in. However, for more than one such item or special luggage that exceeds the measurement specifications, you will need to pay additional fees. Alternately, you can also book an extra seat if you wish to carry your cello or euphonium on board!
While items like wheelchairs can be carried on board for free and without prior notice, you will need to inform the airline at least 24 hours in advance if you need to carry medial equipment like oxygen tanks and other respiratory aids.
You can find more details on the regulations for travelling with special luggage on the airline’s website.
Turkish Airlines operates four seat class options – Economy, Comfort, Business, and First Class. However, depending on the route and type of aircraft used, most flights will have two or three classes as well as a variety of seat configurations. Listed below are the seat features on Boeing 777-300 and Airbus 330-300 planes.
Economy Class has a seat pitch of about 31”. Seats are equipped with power outlets for laptops and other electronic devices, personal video screens with USB and ethernet jacks, and an adjustable footrest.
Comfort Class is only offered on Turkish Airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft. Seats have a pitch of about 45” and are configured in a 2-3-2 formation. Each passenger enjoys a 27 cm personal video screen, power outlets for electronic devices, USB and ethernet jacks, and an iPod console which can be used to view or listen to personal media like music, photographs, and videos. The seats also have an adjustable footrest.
Business Class seats can be used as beds and measure 188 cm when fully reclined. Seats are equipped with privacy screens and remote-controlled massage functions. Power outlets are provided for devices like iPods and laptops and a movable meal table is provided in the centre console.
First Class seating is offered on Boeing 777 planes and seats have a pitch of about 90”, configured in a 1-2-1 formation. Seats recline to 177-degrees and are equipped with a 58.4 cm flat screen monitor, ergonomically-designed wardrobes, and massage controls.
For more detailed information on the seating options available on Turkish Airlines, visit the airline’s website.
Don’t forget about Buster!
Small cats and dogs can be transported as carry-on luggage as long as they meet the airline’s health and safety standards. In addition, the animal’s paperwork with regard to vaccinations and travel permits must be up to date and it is advisable to inform the airline about your ‘live carry-on luggage’ at least 24 hours in advance. Be advised that the airline does not transport certain dog breeds like Bull Terriers and Rottweilers.
Pets which weigh more than 6 kg in their carriers or pets placed in carriers which measure more than 45 cm x 35 cm x 23 cm must be checked-in as air cargo. The fee for transporting pets on Turkish Airlines is determined by the weight of the pet. Service dogs are exempt from this fee and there is no need to notify the airline in advance if you are travelling with one.
Visit the airline website for more information on travelling with pets.
While not every Turkish Airlines plane is equipped with digital entertainment services, all flights with a duration of two hours or more have personal or shared entertainment systems which include films, news updates, and radio/music channels.
Passengers in all seat classes flying on B777s, A340s, A330s, and a few other aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines, can use the Planet digital system which is controlled by touchscreens or remote controls. This system is loaded with over 350 films and documentaries in English and regional languages, 600 music CD albums, and several radio channels. Additional options include video games, a children’s channel, news channels, audio books. On some flights, passengers can also send and receive text messages and emails.
Economy Class: For domestic flights, light boxed meals like salads and sandwiches are served along with non-alcoholic beverages. Passengers flying on international routes are provided with a choice of hot and cold meals as well as alcoholic beverages.
Comfort Class: Passengers are offered aperitif drinks, non-alcoholic beverages, a choice of nuts, and Turkish mezzes. Hot and cold meals are served in porcelain dishes and include a variety of Turkish and international cuisine options. In addition, fruit, dessert, and cheese platters are also provided.
Business Class: From the hot towel service to the welcome-on-board glass of champagne, Business Class passengers on Turkish Airlines enjoy treatment worthy of royalty. Other special touches include exclusive menus, an ice cream service, a large selection of coffees and herbal teas, and breakfast choices which include sweet pancakes, cold cuts, and muesli.
First Class: It’s hard to top the Business Class service on Turkish Airlines, but First Class does just that. In addition to the services enjoyed by Business Class passengers, those in First Class are served the daily newspaper on a silver tray, Bose headsets, a Bulgari amenity kit, designer pajamas, and bedroom slippers. Aperitifs are served with canapes and meals are provided on-demand. These include a choice of seven starters, caviar, soups, hot bread, desserts, traditional Turkish tea, and more.
Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 177 aircraft which includes several Airbus and Boeing passenger planes as well as Airbus cargo planes.
A detailed overview of the airline’s fleet can be found on the Turkish Airlines website.
Turkish Airlines operates domestic and international CIP Lounges at several airports including its hub at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. These lounges are available to First and Business Class passengers as well as Elite and Elite Plus members of the airline’s Miles & Smiles frequent flyer program. These passengers can also access the Star Alliance lounges on international routes.
International CIP Lounge services include alcoholic beverages, hot and cold snacks, televisions, magazines, massage chairs, relaxation rooms, and a children’s play area. For more information and details on the lounge services offered by Turkish Airlines, visit the airport’s website.