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Photo Tour: Turkish Airlines Lounge Washington Dulles


Turkish Airlines is celebrating the grand opening of its Washington Dulles lounge today. My brother Andrew happened to be flying through IAD today and provided the following feedback:
The lounge is great! A bubbling Turkish man warmly welcomed me into the lounge with a glass of ...
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Victory Day on Turkish Airlines

August 30th is Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı) in Turkey, a national holiday to "commemorate the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar, one of the final and the most decisive battles in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922." In light of the failed coup attempt in July, the celebration ...
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First Look: Turkish Airlines Lounge Washington Dulles

Back in April, Pizza in Motion reported that Turkish Airlines would be opening a lounge at Washington Dulles. I am on my way home to Los Angeles this morning and was pleased to see lounge construction is progressing nicely.
The lounge will be in the former home of the Virgin/Emirates ...
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Turkish Airlines Lounge Joins Erdogan Propaganda Machine


The failed coup attempt in Turkey last month has emboldened President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to crack down further on dissidents and spawned a concerted propaganda campaign to define July 15, 2016 as a turning point in Turkish history. State-run Turkish Airlines is doing its part by giving ...
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Is it Safe to Fly Turkish Airlines?

Turkey has been in the news a lot recently -- with terrorist attacks in Istanbul, a failed coup d'état last weekend, and a temporary ban on all non-stop flights from Istanbul to the USA, many are wisely questioning whether it is safe to travel to Turkey or even to fly Turkish ...
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FAA Lifts Turkish Airlines Ban


The failed coup attempt in Turkey last Friday exposed security concerns at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, leading to a FAA ban on all direct flights from Turkey. Although the ban was threatened to last until September, Turkish authorities have apparently satisfied U.S. regulators as ...

Going, Going, Gone: Emirates aborts plans to serve Panama City (for now)


Critics of the Gulf carriers may wish to pay special attention to Emirates' latest decision to suspend plans to launch nonstop service to Panama City, and re-evaluate the validity of allegations against the U.A.E. government for unfairly subsidizing loss-making long-haul routes on ...
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Take 50% off Turkish Airlines Flights When you Travel For Medical Reasons

High costs of medical care in North America and substandard care in the developing world and a slew of other reasons create an interesting phenomenon known as medical tourism. The multibillion dollar industry attracts both the rich and middle class. Ask around and you will probably know someone ...

The strong grow stronger: Qatar Airways and Turkish add new US routes

Qatar Airways announces Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta, increases JFK. Turkish Airlines plans to resume service to Miami
Against the backdrop of a geopolitical spat between U.S. carriers and the Big Three Gulf Carriers, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways, the allegations against the Middle ...
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Surprising Turkish Airlines Weather Delay Compensation


What happens when your Turkish Airlines flight is delayed due to weather and you find yourself stranded in Istanbul...for three days? A friend recently found out and the answer may surprise you.
Officially, No Compensation for Weather Delay on Turkish Airlines
Turkey is, of course, ...
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Abundant Turkish Airlines Award Space on New San Francisco - Istanbul Route

Turkish Airlines is launching new non-stop service between San Francisco and Istanbul in April 2015 and the award space is abundant in both business and economy class - even on the inaugural flights! We're not just talking about one or two seats - most days have at least nine award seats ...
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Turkish Airlines announces San Francisco, up-gauges Chicago

Turkish Airlines will commence nonstop services to San Francisco on April 13, 2015 from its Istanbul hub, initially on 5-weekly frequency basis before up-gauging to a daily service on May 13, 2015. Service will be operated on a large-density 777-300ER with schedules operating as ...
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Lounge Review: Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge at Istanbul

The Turkish Airlines CIP lounge at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport is located on the departure level near gate 220.  The lounge is accessible by first and business class passengers on all Star Alliance flights, Star Alliance Gold members and Miles and Smiles elite members. Star Alliance ...
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Turkish Airlines 777 Business Class from Istanbul to Houston

The last portion of my trip report of my Business Class award on Turkish Airlines is the return trip between Istanbul and Houston.  I had already had an eventful day, getting up early to see some of the sites in Istanbul.  I then returned to the crowded airport and had a brief visit at the ...
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This Commercial Made Me Laugh

I've been on some rather unsafe planes over the years, from a rickety old TU-134 in Russia, to a poorly-maintained 727 in Bolivia, and a battered ATR-42 in Cuba, but nothing all that bad, nothing out of a horror story, like this commercial:

The ad is for a German travel agency and I just ...