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August 12, 2012
You can travel the canals of Venice, Italy, this fall with an $822 round-trip Turkish Airlines fare from LAX that includes all taxes and fees. The offer is good for travel from mid-September to March. A Saturday night stay is required, and the offer is subject to availability.  Info: Turkish Airlines , (800) 874-8875 Source: Airfarewatchdog
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SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant once again joined soccer star Lionel Messi in a spot for Turkish Airlines that made its debut on Tuesday. The minute-long clip shows Bryant and Messi racing around the world, trying to outdo each other with even more outrageous selfies. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Bryant introduced the video on Tuesday at a Turkish Airlines' news conference but avoided basketball questions. The Lakers star is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury suffered in April.
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WORLD
August 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Gunmen early Friday waylaid a minibus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew on a road leading from Lebanon's major international airport, kidnapping the pilot and co-pilot and taking them to an unknown destination, authorities said. The brazen abduction was widely viewed here as the latest fallout from the war in neighboring Syria. Eight armed people in a pair of vehicles intercepted the hotel minibus less than a mile from Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport at 3 a.m. local time and seized the two pilots, leaving behind four other crew members who were also on the bus, according to Lebanese authorities and media accounts.
TRAVEL
November 3, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS From LAX, British, Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirate, China Eastern, China Southern and Virgin Atlantic offer connecting service (change of plane) to Dehradun (Jolly Grant Airport). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,818, including taxes and fees. Ananda is about a one-hour drive from the airport. Ananda in the Himalayas , (011) 91-124-4516650, http://www.anandaspa.com . Wellness packages from $630 per person per night.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
As part of its effort to create a new corporate identity, Turkish Airlines has banned red, dark pink and other loud colors of lipstick and nail polish worn by its flight crew. In announcing the new policy, the airline said that “personnel who work in services sector are preferred to be artless and well groomed with a make-up in pastel tones.” The airline has also hired Turkish designer Dilek Hanif to come up with a new crew uniform that “combines elements from the east and west, has the potential to embody the brand image for many years, and fuses traditional Turkish values with the expectations of the modern world.” The airline has yet to decide on a uniform but has published photos of a few ideas under consideration, including high-collar, knee-length dresses with dark stockings and pant suits for women.
NEWS
February 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Turkish Airlines is kicking off its new nonstop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul on March 3 with a special rate of $752 round trip, including taxes and fees. As launch time nears, expect to see Laker giant Kobe Bryant in ads touting the new service as the airline's "global brand ambassador"-- a role that has been controversial . The deal: The only notable restriction on the Turkish Airlines offer is that travelers must spend a Saturday night in Istanbul.
NEWS
February 22, 2011 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles times
Two foreign carriers, Iberia Airlines and Turkish Airlines, are launching routes in March from Los Angeles (LAX), along with deals: LAX-Madrid : Iberia will launch this nonstop route March 28 with three flights per week. Flights will depart LAX on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5:55 p.m. (PST) and arrive the following day at 2:15 p.m. in Madrid.  A Friday flight will be added from July through September.  Promotional round-trip fares, on sale through March 31, start at $769 for flights to Madrid or Barcelona (via Madrid)
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sandy Valdivieso and her husband intended to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal. They ended up almost 7,000 miles off-course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How something this bizarre could happen illustrates how a single mix-up on an airline's part can cascade into a travel nightmare of epic proportions. It also highlights how customer service can be found lacking, particularly in light of the fact that Valdivieso spent months trying to secure some sort of compensation from the carrier, Turkish Airlines, but received nothing but runaround.
NEWS
July 13, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Turkish Airlines is offering round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Istanbul starting at $599, including taxes, on selected fall and winter dates. Think quickly if you like the eye-popping price because the offer is good only until Friday night. The deal: Turkish Airlines in March began nonstop LAX-Istanbul service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It plans to add a fifth day, Wednesdays, starting Aug. 31 and daily service starting next March, the airline said in a statement.
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Turkish Airlines is offering round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., to Istanbul during February for $599 per person. What's the hitch? Two people have to fly together to get the low price, which doesn't pose a problem for those who have a travel-ready companion. The deal: The airline says prices are about 25% off the L.A.-Istanbul economy class airfare, but I think the discount is even deeper. On Turkish Airlines' website, I looked at and found February round-trips priced at $880 and up. The $599 fare includes tax and fees.
WORLD
August 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Gunmen waylaid a minibus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew on a road leading from Lebanon's major international airport Friday, kidnapping two pilots in an incident that appeared to be the latest fallout from the war in neighboring Syria. A group claiming responsibility said the abduction was in retaliation for the continued detention of nine Lebanese hostages who have been held for more than a year by Syrian rebels. The crime reverberated in two nations - Lebanon and Turkey - that have been hard-hit by the civil war in Syria, which shares a long border with both.
WORLD
August 9, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Gunmen early Friday waylaid a minibus carrying a Turkish Airlines crew on a road leading from Lebanon's major international airport, kidnapping the pilot and co-pilot and taking them to an unknown destination, authorities said. The brazen abduction was widely viewed here as the latest fallout from the war in neighboring Syria. Eight armed people in a pair of vehicles intercepted the hotel minibus less than a mile from Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport at 3 a.m. local time and seized the two pilots, leaving behind four other crew members who were also on the bus, according to Lebanese authorities and media accounts.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sandy Valdivieso and her husband intended to fly from Los Angeles to Dakar, Senegal. They ended up almost 7,000 miles off-course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. How something this bizarre could happen illustrates how a single mix-up on an airline's part can cascade into a travel nightmare of epic proportions. It also highlights how customer service can be found lacking, particularly in light of the fact that Valdivieso spent months trying to secure some sort of compensation from the carrier, Turkish Airlines, but received nothing but runaround.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
As part of its effort to create a new corporate identity, Turkish Airlines has banned red, dark pink and other loud colors of lipstick and nail polish worn by its flight crew. In announcing the new policy, the airline said that “personnel who work in services sector are preferred to be artless and well groomed with a make-up in pastel tones.” The airline has also hired Turkish designer Dilek Hanif to come up with a new crew uniform that “combines elements from the east and west, has the potential to embody the brand image for many years, and fuses traditional Turkish values with the expectations of the modern world.” The airline has yet to decide on a uniform but has published photos of a few ideas under consideration, including high-collar, knee-length dresses with dark stockings and pant suits for women.
OPINION
March 6, 2013 | By Soner Cagaptay
Turkey is rising. In the last decade, the country's economy has nearly trebled in size. Just 10 years ago, the average Turk had one-fifth the income of the average European. Today, Turks are only 30% less wealthy than European Union citizens. Given Europe's financial doldrums, Turkey could catch up in the coming years and realize its 4-centuries-old dream of becoming a great power again. But on the political front, Turkey is still a mixed bag. The nation is vacillating between becoming a global power or taking a parochial path under the governing Justice and Development Party's (AKP)
NEWS
January 13, 2013
If Turkey is on your radar for February, there's an LAX -Istanbul round-trip fare for $749, including all taxes and fees, on Turkish Airlines. The fare is subject to availability; you must purchase seven days in advance and stay over on a Saturday night. Departures must take place between Feb. 4 and 24. There is a maximum three-month stay. Info: Turkish Airlines , (800) 874-8875 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant once again joined soccer star Lionel Messi in a spot for Turkish Airlines that made its debut on Tuesday. The minute-long clip shows Bryant and Messi racing around the world, trying to outdo each other with even more outrageous selfies. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Bryant introduced the video on Tuesday at a Turkish Airlines' news conference but avoided basketball questions. The Lakers star is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury suffered in April.
SPORTS
January 10, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Turkish Airlines' commercial starring Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi, soccer's player of the year, has become the "most-watched [ad] ever on YouTube," according to AdWeek. The spot beat out the Angry Birds cinematic trailer and Evian's Roller Babies commercial. The original video, embedded below, has already climbed to almost 102 million views. In the clip, Bryant and Messi compete for the attention of a young boy, who ultimately opts for ice cream over either sports star's antics.  The "behind the scenes" clip is at a more modest 100,000 views, but shows Bryant and Messi on set as they shoot the spot.
SPORTS
December 24, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant's video for Turkish Airlines with Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi has reached 90 million views on YouTube. An airborne Bryant and Messi compete for the attention of a young boy, escalating to the absurd until ice cream trumps both stars' antics. Bryant has represented Turkish Airlines for a number of years.  He's also a soccer buff and fan of Messi. The video was initially published on YouTube on Dec. 6, garnering an impressive number of hits in a scant 2-1/2 weeks.
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