Turkish Airlines Canada Expands Business Class Product in Toronto Market

TORONTO, April 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Turkish Airlines Canada is pleased to announce the official expansion of its Business Class seats on all flights between Toronto and Istanbul. The expansion will involve the removal of Comfort Class seats in a measure to meet the market's increasing demand for Turkish Airlines' award-winning Business Class product.

The increase of Business Class seats in Toronto follows the airline's global focus towards enhanced options for Business Class fliers to enjoy the world-class flight experience. Business Class seat capacity has been increased from 28 to 49, a 75% increase on each Boeing 777 flying between Toronto and Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines' renowned Business Class features notable elements and a unique opportunity to delight in "Turkish Hospitality" above the clouds.

"We are very pleased for the opportunity to provide more Canadians the true Turkish Airlines experience which is best demonstrated with our Business Class product. The change will allow us to truly demonstrate what the Turkish Airlines flight experience is all about: comfort, luxurious travel, delicious food and traditional Turkish hospitality," states Zafer Bolukbasi, General Manager, Toronto.

During the 9-10 hour flight between Toronto and Istanbul, Business Class passengers can indulge in innovative, restaurant-quality service and a candle light dinner served by Turkish Airlines' signature "Flying Chefs" presented in porcelain dishes and appropriate glassware.

Business Class seats measure 75 inches when fully reclined for a comfortable sleeping experience and passengers have access to an on-board power receptacle, a reading light and deployable privacy screens. Turkish Airlines provides various entertainment options for passengers, which include more than 850  music albums and audio books, 340  movies, and 460  different television programs to watch. These include kids movies and even live television. Furthermore, Business Class passengers have access to the award-winning CIP Lounge at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Additionally all Miles & Smiles Elite, Elite Plus members (they may invite their families or one guest), Star Alliance Gold Card Members (they may invite one guest ), First and Business Class travellers on flights operated by Star Alliance member airlines  are eligible to use our  lounges.

Turkish Airlines officially launched direct flights between Toronto and Istanbul in 2009. As of 2016, there are 6 direct flights operating from Toronto each week.

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 309 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to more than 285 destinations worldwide with 236 international and 49 domestic. According to a 2015 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world's "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was awarded the world's "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the 2015 Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.

SOURCE Turkish Airlines

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For further information: Media Contact: Valerie Stachurski, 416-520-9504, Valerie@charmingmedia.ca

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