It’s all about connections for Turkish Airlines and that bodes well for business travellers
Turkish Airlines promoted its Business Class offering at an industry event yesterday. Seen here (from left to right) are: Ilker Karatas, Regional Sales Manager; Regional Corporate Sales Manager David Batey; and General Manager, Toronto Zafer Bolukbasi.

It’s all about connections for Turkish Airlines and that bodes well for business travellers

TORONTO — Turkish Airlines has set its sights on the corporate market in Canada, boosting the number of Business Class seats out of Toronto from 28 to 49 starting April 24 and hiring a Regional Corporate Sales Manager to get the word out about the airline’s routes and services.

Turkish Airlines “flies to more countries than any other airline in the world,” says new hire David Batey, who in the past three months has been busy promoting the carrier to corporations and their frequent travellers. Turkish Airlines flies to 286 destinations in 115 countries.

From Toronto to Istanbul, the carrier offers six times weekly service. From Montreal to Istanbul, there is three times weekly service. An astounding 85% of Turkish Airlines’ passengers from the Canadian market are making onward connections through Istanbul with the airline. “Of course we want to promote our own destination. We don’t share that revenue with anyone else,” said Zafer Bolukbasi, General Manager, Toronto. On the other hand, such a high volume of onward business protects the airline somewhat from a sudden downturn when terror attacks erupt in destinations like Istanbul.

Turkish Airlines has won the Skytrax Award for Europe’s Best Airline for five consecutive years (2011 – 2015). The carrier’s Business Class Lounge was also recognized by Skytrax, in 2015, as the Best Business Class Airline Lounge in the World.

Turkish Airlines also has one of the youngest fleets in the world with more than 300 plans averaging 6.9 years. And from its hub in Istanbul, it can fly passengers to 38 countries and 80 destinations in three hours or less.

The carrier’s corporate offering, Turkish Corporate Club, offers fare discounts, booking flexibility, extra baggage allowance, pre-boarding benefits and loyalty miles with Miles&Smiles. See turkishairlines.com.