The national flag carrier of Turkey, Turkish Airlines was established in 1933. First established as a military airline, later it became a part of the Ministry of Transportation and was set up as a domestic airline with 5 planes in its fleet. Turkish Airlines is one of the oldest still operational airlines in the world. Working in Turkish Airlines is one of the most prestigious career moves a pilot or an engineer can do in the aviation industry. Turkish Airlines commenced its first international commercial flight from Ankara to Athens in 1947. During the early 80s, the airline experienced a number of issues, namely poor customer service and many flight delays. However, in 1983, a new government came to power and realized the potential of Turkish Airlines. The airline began to make changes to its operations and the company began appealing to a more international market, while also renewing its fleet to be one of the youngest fleets in the world. While the fleet was still fairly small back then, Turkish Airlines expanded its route network rapidly. As of 2019, the airline can boast about having over 330 aircraft with more than 300 destinations served worldwide. The company has a few subsidiary airlines, that Turkish Airlines fully owns: AnadoluJet, serving the regional market around Turkey and Turkish Cargo, an all-cargo airline. The airline also owns Turkish Technic, a maintenance company. Turkish Airlines is one of the most recognizable airline brands in the world, as it sponsors multiple sporting events and teams, such as FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and others. It also sponsors leagues such as the EuroLeague and UEFA Euro 2016. Joining one of the most popular airlines in the world is a rare career opportunity, so make sure to use it! Turkish Airlines is always offering career options for Pilots, Cabin Crew and Engineers.
Europe's Best Airline
5 years in a row
Best Airline in Southern Europe
7 years in a row
Lead by Temel Kotil, a CEO with over 10 years of aviation management experience and aeronautical engineering
Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering
Turkey: feels like home
Population: Over 77 million
Currency: Turkish lira (1 USD = ~ 2,9 TRY).
Capital and major cities: Capital - Ankara (3 517 182), other big cities - Istanbul (11 174 257), Izmir (2 500 603), Bursa (1 412 701).
Major religions: Islam.
Official languages: Turkish.
Living pros: 6th friendliest country in the world (HSBC Expat Survey). 4 hour flying distance to Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and North Africa. Cost of Living in Istanbul is almost 2 times lower than Dubai and around 10% lower than Beijing.
"People live their emotions much more openly here in Turkey and this energy contributes to creating and exciting hum", Karen, Writer from the US.
"Much healthier way of life, impressive outside lifestyle, low crime rate and just a great place to bring up kids", Claudia, Nurse from the UK.