Turkish Airlines Launching Flights To Vancouver

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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)

  1. Color me skeptical. Turkish also ‘launched’ a route from Istanbul-Newark. That never came to fruition.

  2. I’m trying to get to the Seychelles next year and going through IST on Turkish would be a lot better then stopping through ADD on Ethiopian. I’m reading that their plane maintenance is terrible, what do you think lucky? Is their 787 nice enough in business class or should I take the longer route through IST if I can?

  3. I flew the new 787 J class from IAD to İST on October 5 and flew back with the old business class on a 777 to IAH yesterday. Yes, the new seat finishes look very elegant but the seat feels really claustrophobic. It is indeed very private if it is your thing but I much prefer the old seats. There was also a huge difference in catering. I don’t know if it is because the IAD flight leaves at 11 pm but the food was not great. On the other hand, catering from the İST hub was Just like before, plenty of options, lots of food, etc.

  4. I’ve just booked ATH-YVR on Air Canada, had I known this was coming in the timeframe I need I would have waited. AC or TK, no competition, TK every time.

  5. I’m a little surprised by this. I had been expecting a Seattle flight (which from an operational standpoint, is essentially the same as a Vancouver flight). I would assume that SEA would offer better connectivity for TK (I had actually been secretly hoping for an AS+TK partnership).

    Is YVR that much more viable than SEA?

  6. @Dick Bupkiss

    It is a little surprising to not see a Seattle flight. Perhaps they don’t want to compete with Emirates. However, I know plenty of Seattleites who will be happy to have access to more CAD denominated fares. Driving to YVR really isn’t that far.

  7. Another option to the dreadful garbage that is AC is always a win.

    I can see them heavily discounting travel to India/Pakistan

  8. They had maxed out their bilaterals with YYZ and YUL. Did they renegotiate to have more frequencies?

  9. As a turkish citizen i refuse to fly turkish airlines!! Their prices are jacked up!! Service not as use to be!!

  10. Glad they didn’t launch Seattle. Vancouver is a much better connected airport, and a far superior experience (ie. far less frustration and delays).

  11. This has made my day! Better even than a solid Trudeau defeat next Tuesday.

    Want to fly IST-YVR next April so I guess it is too much to hope for. But certainly will be a blessing for future travel. Guess I better start saving more Aeroplan points asap.

    Vancouver is a much better hub than SEA for *A partners and connections.

    Vancouver means you don’t have to have a “TSA” moment which makes travel through the US so awful. Hate it having to pass through SEA every time I take an AS partner flight and the airport lounges in SEA are either non-existent or plain awful.

    TK is a great airline with very reasonable costs with Aeroplan. Flying to Europe just became a joy as TK flights are great and there is no YQ on TK as opposed to horrendous YQ on AC. Recently priced an itinerary from FRA to YVR and the YQ on AC was approx $450C per passenger where on Swiss and partner it was about $90C. I never fly AC because of the YQ. Rather take a bus.

  12. 57,500 to Europe (2). (Business) plus < $100 tax if NOT AC

    If you double back to a final destination in Europe (1) it's 55,000

  13. TK is A 50% state-owned airline. The same State that just launched attacks on The Kurds in Syria. Where do you want to park your money? But hey, they have a great Lie Flat seat for the privileged few.

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