August 9, 2013 |
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.
May 17, 2013 |
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.
May 5, 2013 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
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)
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.
January 10, 2013 |
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.