ISTANBUL: National flag carrier Turkish Airlines bid an emotional farewell to the Atatürk Airport with the launch of its last passenger flight – the Singapore-bound TK54 – from the transfer hub and home of its growth for the last 86 years.
The Turkish Airlines flight, which concluded the successful adventure of the global carrier on Atatürk Airport, was met with great interest of the passengers.
TK54 Istanbul – Singapore flight, operated with TC-JJY tail coded aircraft with 319 passengers and 18 cabin crew, has already become a memorable milestone in the history of Turkish Airlines.
Sharing his views about the last flight from the Atatürk Airport, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı said: “As we bid farewell to the place that has been our home for the last 86 years, we send off our passengers on our Singapore flight from this special facility for the last time. They say that some places gain a voice of their own over time.”
“This is exactly what we feel as we stand in Atatürk Airport today. As we experience these moments full of emotion, our singular comfort is that we will host our passengers in a state of the art facility from now and with that opportunity we will experience the unstoppable rise of our brand,” stated Ayci.
Besides that, Turkish Airlines passed almost 24 hour mark of its moving process. Turkish Airlines’ move to its new home Istanbul Airport which is the biggest airport project of the world, will continue in the following hours, said the flag carrier in its statement.
Unique in the global aviation history, the moving operation took 45 hours in total and it concluded on April 6 Saturday night at 23:59.