Turkish Airlines Announces Sydney Flights

Turkish Airlines has announced by the end of 2024 it'll commence flights to Sydney, Australia

Turkish Airlines has officially commenced service to Australia by touching down in Melbourne with its Boeing 777.

Service commencement has been in the making following long-standing rumours and the official announcement in January of 2024.

The flight was operated by a 777 and originated in Istanbul with a stopover point in Singapore before completing the 8-hour trek to Australia.

The landmark moment for the airline was shared around the world, with Victorians alike thrilled with the news that a new carrier would be available to fly towards Europe and connect onwards to more destinations on the Turkish network.

Additionally, for the large population that call Turkey a second home, an option to fly with the flag-carrier has been made available.

Initially the airline will operate a thrice weekly flight with the year-round service bringing great benefits to tourism and trade. In the future, the airline will look to make the service nonstop from Istanbul. However, new aircraft deliveries will need to occur to make this possible.

Specifically, the airline is targeting the upcoming delivery of Airbus A350-1000s to make these nonstop flights possible. This is similar to the Australian flag-carrier Qantas, which will use the enhanced range of the -1000 to offer ultra-long haul flights exceeding 20 hours.

Away from offering nonstop flights the hope would be to also make this service daily at some point, this could occur before years end per murmurs from executives of Melbourne Airport and Turkish Airlines.

Further Australian Expansion

After solid media coverage and the debut flight to Australia, the airline says it’ll be adding Sydney to its network by year’s end and thus the second destination in Australia.

The expectation is that Turkish Airlines will run flights four times a week by year’s end with the Boeing 787 or Airbus A350 to be deployed on the route. The specific aircraft has yet to be confirmed.

Turkish Airlines believes the Melbourne route is just the beginning, and the Asia Pacific region has much to offer the major airline. Additionally, with Australia now becoming the 130th country to join the network the airlines precense spans six continents.

Melbourne edged Sydney for the title of Turkish Airlines’ first destinations in Australia, however, the hope is by 2025 that both Melbourne and Sydney will be served with daily or several weekly flights.

Daniel Fowkes
03 Mar 2024
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