While we often think of the “big three” Gulf carriers as being among the most global, Turkish Airlines flies to more countries than any other airline in the world.
Turkish Airlines already flies to several cities in the US, including Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington.
They’ll soon be expanding their US network, as Turkish Airlines will start flying daily Boeing 777-300ER flights between Istanbul and Miami as of October 25, 2015. Per airlineroute.net, the flight will operate with the following schedule:
TK77 Istanbul to Miami departing 1:30PM arriving 7:30PM
TK78 Miami to Istanbul departing 9:30PM arriving 4:30PM (+1 day)
At nearly 6,000 miles each way, the flight is blocked at 13 hours westbound and 12 hours eastbound, so it’s quite a long journey. This actually isn’t the first time Turkish Airlines has flown to Miami — they offered service there until September 2001.
I’m surprised it took Turkish so long to resume flights to Miami, given that it’s a pretty logical expansion point. While it’s not a Star Alliance hub, Florida is a popular destination for tourism and business, and Miami is the gateway to Latin America.
Turkish’s 777s feature a fully flat business class product, which is in a 2-3-2 configuration.
While the seats themselves are narrow (given that there are seven seats per row), it’s a perfectly comfortable product.
Furthermore, Turkish has excellent catering, which is done by Do & Co. Much of the food is plated at your seat, so along with Austrian, it’s among my favorite business class catering in the sky. Unfortunately I’m not quite as enthusiastic about the service on Turkish.
As of the time of this post it doesn’t look like Turkish has loaded any award availability on the new route yet. When Turkish first loaded the schedule for their new San Francisco flight last July, they had a virtually unlimited number of business class award seats, though that doesn’t seem to have happened here yet. However, if a bunch of award space does become available on the new route, I’ll be sure to post about it.
Turkish expanding to Miami is perfectly logical. I’m surprised that Etihad, and in particular Emirates, haven’t yet announced service to Miami. Qatar Airways already flies there given that it’s a huge oneworld hub, though interestingly Emirates has announced flights to Orlando but not to Miami.
What do you make of Turkish’s new route between Istanbul and Miami?