Turkish Airlines has an incredibly impressive route network, as they fly to more countries than any other airline in the world. However, there are some markets they don’t fly to that may surprise some. The airline has just announced their newest long haul route, which sure should prove useful for those in Western Canada.
Last week Aeronews reported that Turkish Airlines would be launching 3x weekly flights between Istanbul and Vancouver as of mid-2020. According to this rumor, the airline will use either an Airbus A350 or Boeing 787, and an announcement was supposed to be imminent.
Well, this route has now indeed been confirmed. The Turkish Airlines public disclosures page says the following:
The Incorporation has decided to start operating scheduled flights, based on market conditions, to Vancouver, Canada.
We now know that Turkish Airlines will launch flights between Istanbul and Vancouver, though there are still lots of details to be revealed, including the schedule, launch date, and aircraft type, though it is exciting to see that Vancouver will be getting a nonstop flight to Istanbul.
Currently Turkish Airlines’ only Canadian destinations are Montreal and Toronto, so it’s cool to see a third Canadian city get flights to Istanbul.
Furthermore, in many ways Istanbul is a global hub just like you’d find in the Gulf, so this opens up lots of new one-stop routings that weren’t previously possible.
None of the Gulf carriers fly to Vancouver, but rather we just have Emirates and Etihad flights to Toronto, and Qatar flights to Montreal.
Vancouver is an Air Canada hub, so given that both airlines belong to Star Alliance, this should provide quite some connectivity for this new flight.
What do you make of Turkish Airlines’ new flight to Vancouver?
(Tip of the hat to @BoardingPassEN)