Thursday, January 5, 2012

Turkish Airlines Teams Up with Thai Airways & TAM

This New Year has brought big smiles on the faces of the passengers of the Turkish ALinkirlines as the airline has signed codeshare agreement with two renowned airlines - Thai Airways and TAM Airlines.

Codeshare Agreement with Thai Airways

Turkish Airlines, the Atatürk International Airport based carrier, has teamed up with the Thai Airways for a Free Sale Codeshare Agreement. This accord will enable the two airlines to operate certain flights with the help of their own code and flight numbers on a free sale basis. Turkish Airlines will now serve a wider network and will operate flights to Bangkok from its hub Istanbul and further connection to Australia.

Due to this codeshare agreement, Turkish Airlines’ passengers taking flights to Bangkok will be offered seamless connections on Thai Airways-operated flights to Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Auckland and Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, a similar deal will also be employed to Hong Kong so that the passengers of the Turkish Airlines may book flights on Thai route between Bangkok and Hong Kong. Due to such a soaring frequency of flights, the codeshare agreement might come out as a boon for the travellers seeking relatively cheap flight tickets.

Thai Airways’ President Piyasvasti Amranand said: “By code sharing with Turkish Airlines, THAI can reach many other European cities through Istanbul, which is another gateway for THAI into Europe as well as destinations in Turkey”.

He was further quoted by news reports as saying, “Both our airlines can look forward to mutual strengthening of potential markets through Turkish Airlines’ extensive route net into Europe and through THAI’s strong network in Asia and Australia.”

Code Share Agreement with TAM Airlines

Apart from Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines has also signed a codeshare agreement with TAM Airlines of Brazil. This partnership between the two airlines will amplify the number of options for the flyers planning to travel between South America and Europe and would likely offer a wider choice of operators for the travellers seeking cheap flight tickets.

Once this codeshare agreement comes into effect, TAM Airlines’ passengers will be provided with direct flights between São Paulo and Istanbul in a Turkish Airlines’ flight. On the other hand, Turkish Airlines’ customers will be able to fly on TAM Airlines operated flights to São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Porto Alegre and Foz do Iguaçu; and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Turkish Airlines has won the Skytrax’s World Best Premium Economy Cabin Seat apart from Best Airline – Europe award for 2011. The airline operates domestic and regional and international services across Turkey, Middle East and Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia.

Thai Airways, the flag carrier of Thailand, is another big name in the world of aviation. The Star Airline member was currently under spotlight for becoming the first carrier in Asia to operate flights using biofuels.

TAM Airlines is based at Sao Paolo-Guarulhos International Airport and is the national airline and largest carrier of Brazil.


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