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Turkish Airlines is the national airline of Turkey and one of the largest airlines in the world based on number of destinations. Turkish Airlines flies to 119 countries, more than any other airline.
Turkish Airlines is based at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and has secondary hubs at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport and at Ankara and Izmir.
The airline was formed in 1933 and is one of the oldest in the world. The initial name was State Airlines Administration but after a reorganization in 1956 the airline was renamed as Turk Hava Yollari, or Turkish Airlines. In the 1970's the airline was plagued by a poor reputation, several accidents, hijackings and delays. The government recognized the importance of the airline as a way to present Turkey to the world and ordered a major makeover. The airline invested heavily in technical staff and sites and new aircraft were ordered so that Turkish Airlines now has one of the youngest fleet in Europe and one of the best safety records. The last decades were a challenge for Turkish Airlines with continuing turmoil in the Middle-East and increased competition from low-cost airlines. Still it was able to increase passenger numbers from 17 million in 2006 to 61 million in 2016 and remain profitable every year.
Turkish Airlines has a fleet of over 300 aircraft, most of which are single-aisle Airbus A320 and Boeing 737's. For long-distance flights Turkish Airlines has 4 Airbus A340-300 and 33 Boeing 777-300ER, both are wide-body, twin-aisle jets.
Turkish Airlines flies to over 161 destinations. Most Turkish Airlines flights are for destinations in Turkey but Turkish Airlines has international flights to several other countries as well, like for example United States and Germany. From its main base in Istanbul 278 flights depart every week. Many people who look for Turkish Airlines tickets look for flights to Antalya and Amsterdam.
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Turkish Airlines allows Economy Class passengers to bring one bag as Cabin baggage (hand luggage) with a maximum weight of 8 kg and dimensions of no more than 55x40x23 cm. Business Class travelers are allowed two pieces cabin baggage of each 8 kg with the above dimensions.
For checked baggage there is a free baggage allowance of 20 kg for Economy Class passengers and 30 kg for Business Class passengers but there are several exceptions. For example, the free baggage allowance from Germany or Ireland to Turkey and beyond is 10 kg more. While for flights from and to Egypt from Turkey the free baggage allowance is 50 kg for both Economy and Business class travelers. More exceptions exist so best to check their website before booking a ticket.
It is possible to cancel your Turkish Airlines e-ticket if you have booked online, but at a certain fee. If you cancel up to 12 hours before departure time the fee is 20% of the ticket price on Economy Class tickets, but 40% if you cancel up to 1 hour before departure. For Business Class tickets the fees are respectively 30 and 50%. Please be aware though that Turkish Airlines also has non-refundable tickets (often promotions). As the name applies these can not be refunded under any circumstances.
Turkish airlines does not allow name changes but it does allow you to change your flight to another date or time.