Turkish Airways debuts its twelfth US gateway: Seattle

Turkish Airways, a Celebrity Alliance member, introduced nonstop provider from Seattle-Tacoma World Airport (SEA) to Istanbul (IST) these days, Would possibly 27, debuting the twelfth U.S. gateway for the flagship service of Turkey.

“We’re proud to open our new Seattle gateway, the primary within the Pacific Northwest, as we proceed to increase our U.S. presence and international direction community,” mentioned Turkish Airways Chairman of the Board and the Government Committee, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat.

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SEA International Arrival Flights walkway
SEA global arrivals facility walkway. (Photograph courtesy of the Port of Seattle)

Gate-side festivities and the respectable, conventional ribbon-cutting rite to have a good time the brand new provider won’t happen till mid-June. However the necessary news-you-can-use for vacationers is that there at the moment are nonstop flights between the Pacific Northwest and Istanbul 4 instances every week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, on a 300-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Industry-class in this airplane has 1-2-1 seating with a 76-inch seat mattress duration and was once favorably and broadly reviewed by means of The Issues Man when it debuted. Economic system seating in this airplane has a 3-3-3 structure.

Flight TK204 leaves Seattle at 5:45 p.m. and arrives at Istanbul Airport (IST) at 3:25 native time. The flight time is 11 hours and 40 mins in that course. Flight TK203 leaves Istanbul at 2:05 p.m. native time and arrives in Seattle at 4:15 p.m., with a flight time of 12 hours and 10 mins.

Inflight, passengers can revel in menus that come with foods and drinks ready by means of the airline’s Flying Cooks, lately profiled in TPG’s Aircraft Mode video sequence. There could also be an technique to dine by means of (battery-operated) candlelight in enterprise category, which Turkish Airways says is a primary for any global airline.

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The service additionally simply presented new long-haul amenity kits by means of Italian model emblem Coccinelle and sporty British emblem Hackett for enterprise category and, in economic system, by means of Mandarina Duck.

Turkish Airlines' Coccinelle business-class pink amenity kit
Photograph courtesy of Turkish Airways

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Passengers arriving in Seattle in this new Turkish Airways flight – or any global flight – now input america thru SEA’s shocking new global arrivals facility (IAF).

After crossing an 85-foot-high, 780-foot-long steel-and-glass walkway that’s the longest aerial walkway over an energetic runway, passengers make their strategy to a grand, art-filled corridor to gather their baggage and undergo customs and immigration.

Vacationers making their approach from Seattle to Istanbul on Turkish Airways arrive on the service’s house base, Istanbul Airport, the largest built-from-scratch airport terminal on the earth. The Turkish Airline’s enterprise category living room at Istanbul Airport is an outstanding bonus perk, with daybed suites, bathe and toilet amenities, elaborate children play space, staffed cooking stations and digital golfing and flight simulators.

Turkish Airways additionally lately reinstated its stopover program, which provides passengers time to spend in Istanbul and “atone for misplaced shuttle time,” says Ahmet Olmustur, Turkish Airways’ leader advertising and marketing and gross sales officer.

As a part of this program, Turkish Airways supplies vouchers for a complimentary one-night keep in a four-star resort for economic system category passengers and vouchers for a complimentary two-night keep in a five-star resort for business-class passengers. The vouchers are equipped on request as soon as tickets are bought.

Los Angeles and San Francisco also are West Coast gateways for Turkish Airways. However “Seattle is without doubt one of the quickest diversifying areas within the nation, with over 1 / 4 of our citizens foreign-born,” notes Lance Lyttle, SEA airport managing director. So, it’s important that Turkish Airways’ provider will increase connections from SEA to locations right through Africa, Asia, the Center East and Europe, he mentioned. “On most sensible of that, Istanbul is a thrilling town and a should on any traveler’s bucket checklist.”

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Seattle has been one in all Turkish Airways’ center of attention markets for some time, says the corporate’s Olmustur, however in 2020 the service needed to delay the inauguration of provider to a number of locations because of marketplace stipulations. “With our fast restoration within the Americas, we at the moment are launching flights to Seattle,” he mentioned.

Whilst it’s all the time motive for birthday celebration when a brand new direction launches, as the sector works its approach out of the depths of the pandemic, every new provider takes on an added that means.

“The startup of recent airways and locations to SEA, even all over the pandemic, is a testomony to the energy of this area’s economic system, and the arrogance of airways and guests,” says SEA’s Lance Lyttle. “Along with offering direct flights to new locations, and new connections, every new global provider brings roughly $89M in financial affect to the State of Washington.”

Turkish Airways turns into the twenty second airline to provide global provider at SEA and is one in all 3 new airways launching provider at SEA this yr. Subsequent week Finnair will inaugurate its Seattle–Helsinki provider, and q4 Air Tahiti Nui will release flights to Tahiti.

Featured picture of its Dreamliner in flight courtesy of Turkish Airways.