Turkish Airlines launched a daily flight to Atlanta on May 16, making it the ninth US gateway for the carrier and its 15th destination in the Americas.
Besides Atlanta, the other destinations served by the airline in the Americas are Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Panama, Bogota, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and Miami.
Expanding its presence in the US, Turkish Airlines offers 70 flights per week and provides one-stop connections to 289 destinations and 115 countries through its Istanbul hub, it has said in a statement.
Ahmet Olmustur, chief marketing officer of Turkish Airlines, said: “The addition of the Atlanta gateway means that we will now connect business and leisure travellers through our Istanbul hub more efficiently and to more destinations than any other airline via one-stop connection through the world’s most travelled airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson
“We are pleased to welcome Turkish Airlines as the newest carrier to Atlanta, solidifying the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport not only as the world’s busiest airport, but also the gateway to the world,” said Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed. “The new route will open a wide range of business and tourism opportunities to a vast array of global destinations served by the leading carrier.”
Passengers between Istanbul and Georgia’s capital will be able to enjoy special round-trip fares, the airline has said. Additionally, until the end of October, Miles&Smiles members will enjoy a 25% mileage discount when redeeming miles on the route or a 25% bonus on paid tickets as well as opportunities for upgrades.
The daily flight schedule is as follows: TK031 departing Istanbul at 2.05pm and arriving in Atlanta at 7.05pm, and TK032 departing Atlanta at 10.45pm and arriving in
Istanbul at 4.40pm (next day).
To commemorate the launch, Turkish Airlines engaged with the Atlanta community, exposing them to its destinations through a number of promotions.
These include 3D art and Coca-Cola customised bottles for the launch flight.
3D art representing the most recent Turkish Airlines-sponsored film, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, was installed and showcased at Lenox Square from May 12 to 18. The public was encouraged to take a photograph with the 3D art and share it using #TurkishAirlinesAtlanta for a chance to win a round-trip Turkish Airlines flight.
Turkish Airlines also partnered with Coca-Cola to serve customised branded bottles during its first flight.
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