Turkish Airlines’ long-promised intention to begin Atlanta-Istanbul nonstops will materialize next year according to various internet sources. (The airline has yet to officially announce the service for some odd reason. Anyway….)
The Turkish carrier, which is adding U.S. routes right and left, plans to start flying a 777 -300ER to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson on May 16, 2016, and to operate daily flights year-round. The aircraft will have 49 business class seats and 300 economy seats (no first class). The business seats will recline to a fully flat position and will be in a 2-3-2 configuration.
Turkish has been hinting at the possibility of an Atlanta-Istanbul nonstop since 2014, and those who really wanted it set up a Facebook page to convince the airline to add it. So far, the page has nearly 700 “likes.”
As a member of the Star Alliance, Turkish will likely have a tough time in the Atlanta market, which is dominated by Delta and its SkyTeam partners. Why? Well, would you be willing to give up nearly 12,000 SkyMiles to fly Turkish roundtrip ATL to Istanbul?
Delta fares for fall flights to Istanbul (via Paris or Amsterdam) are now in the $1,000 range in economy and the $5,000 range in business class. Turkish fares for June 2016 nonstop flights are $1,200 in economy and $5,800 in business class.
The airline also flies to New York JFK, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Houston and Boston.
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