Turkish Airlines has finally announced its launch service to Australia and has selected Melbourne as its first destination.
Flights To Begin In March
From March 16, 2024, the first flight will arrive in Melbourne, Australia, with a thrice-weekly service initially operated by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Turkish Airlines will operate service from Melbourne on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This will then, however, shift towards Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Flights towards Australia have been in the making for some time as the company looks towards massively expanding its overall reach and becoming a leading global carrier.
Turkish Airlines choosing Melbourne is significant for Victoria; there was a lot of discussion about whether Turkish Airlines would initially choose Sydney or Melbourne to start.
However, onlookers see Melbourne as the most logical choice as it’s home to the largest Turkish community. On top of that, Melbourne is seen as the country’s sporting capital with the Australia Open, AFL Grand Final and Formula 1, among other significant events.
The airline, however, is, with time and permitting results in Melbourne, also looking at launching service towards Sydney. However, the delivery of new aircraft will make this possible.
An Important Moment For The Airline
Launching flights to Australia was critical in helping the airline build for the long term. Now, a new means to connect onwards to Europe will be made possible for those in Melbourne and neighbouring cities.
Interestingly, for the moment, service will be operated through Singapore Changi, and while thrice weekly, the plan will be to bump flights up to daily eventually.
Additionally, the airline is already planning to fly from Istanbul to Melbourne without a single stop once new aircraft can be delivered. Once this move occurs, there’ll be significant competition for existing Middle Eastern carriers and Qantas, who also offer services to Europe.
Comments From Executives
Istanbul is the only city to straddle two continents and has always been an important trading post, but it is now also one of the most important transit hubs in the world. We are thrilled to welcome Turkish Airlines to Melbourne, not only because of its world-renowned hospitality, but also because of the new possibilities it enables for travellers.Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Jim Parashos