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Turkish Airlines inaugurates service to Basra and Naples

Turkish Airlines starts two new routes today, from its hub at Mustafa Kemal Atatürk International Airport (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA) in Istanbul.  The newest destinations in the Turkish national airline's network are the Iraqi city of Basra, and the Italian city of Naples.  The Istanbul-Basra route will operate through Basra International Airport (IATA: BSR; ICAO: ORMM) in southern Iraq.  The Istanbul-Naples route will operate through Ugo Niutta Airport (IATA: NAP; ICAO: LIRN) on the Gulf of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The Istanbul-Basra non-stop will operate in both directions three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  It is 3 hours 15 minutes long southeast-bound, and is 3 hours 25 minutes long northwest-bound.  It will be flown with the Boeing 737-800, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights.  The Istanbul-Naples non-stop will operate in both directions three times a week, on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.  It is 2 hours 25 minutes long westbound, and is 2 hours 15 minutes long eastbound.  It will be flown with the Airbus A319, according to www.kayak.com.

Georgian national airline Airzena Georgian Airways also started a new seasonal route.  The airline will fly non-stop between the Georgian town of Batumi (IATA: BUS; ICAO: UGSB) on the Black Sea, to Moscow, the Russian capital (IATA: DME; ICAO: UUDD).  According to Bloomberg, these will be "weekly charter flights," and will operate until October.

Two airlines based in Scandinavia also added new routes within the last day.  The largest airline based in the region, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), launched service between Oslo's Gardermoen Airport (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM) and the Croatian seaside (Adriatic) town of Split (IATA: SPU; ICAO: LDSP).  This route will run three times a week, on Monday, Friday, and Saturday, according to Kayak.  Oslo, a city of 605,000 people, was found to be the world's most expensive city, by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.  Split, a city of 230,000 people, is the largest city in the Croatian region of Dalmatia, namesake of the Dalmatian canine breed.

Scandinavian Airlines also launched two services between Scandinavia and the Spanish capital city, Madrid.  One route will fly between Gardermoen Airport and Barajas Airport (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) in central Spain.  This route will operate two times a week, on Tuesday and Saturday, according to Kayak.  The other will fly between Arlanda Airport in Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA) and the Spanish capital twice weekly, on Monday and Friday.

Also, budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has commenced non-stop service between Gardermoen Airport and two destinations in the Balkans.  Those are Sarajevo (IATA: SJJ; ICAO: LQSA) and Pristina (IATA: PRN; ICAO: BKPR).  According to search results from Norwegian Air Shuttle's website, the Oslo-Sarajevo route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Thursday in both directions.  According to the same source, the Oslo-Pristina route will be flown twice weekly, on Monday and Friday in both directions.

Like many low-fare carriers, Norwegian Air Shuttle operates only one model of aircraft.  The route will be flown with some variant of the Boeing 737, either the -300 or the -800.

original stories

Turkish Airlines announces its first flights to Al Basrah (Iraq) and Naples (Italy) (Turkish Airlines)

New flight Batumi - Moscow - Batumi starting from 21 June, 11 (Airzena Georgian Airways)

Georgian Airline Begins First Direct Batumi Flights to Moscow (Bloomberg)

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Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1

Starting September 1, Turkish Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement with US Airways.  According to the agreement, US Airways will place its codeshare symbol (US) onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International Airport near Istanbul (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA), and three European destinations served by Turkish Airlines.  Those three are Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, and Zurich in Switzerland.

US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and Kennedy International in the New York borough of Queens (IATA; JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and O’Hare International northwest of Chicago, Illinois (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), both in the United States.

Within the Republic of Turkey, US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and the domestic destinations of Adana, Ankara (the national capital), Antalya, and Izmir.

In return, air travelers with Turkish Airlines will “gain access to Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), Philadelphia (IATA: PHL: ICAO: KPHL), and Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX) via US Airways, flying from Frankfurt (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF), Munich (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), Zurich (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH), Chicago, and New York,” according to the press release posted to the Turkish Airlines official website.

Turkish Airlines was formed in 1933.  As of this post, it flies to 161 destinations with 142 aircraft.  Its largest hub is Ataturk International Airport in the Yesilkoy neighborhood of Istanbul, on the western side of the city.  The airline’s main offices are located very near the airport.

The earliest direct predecessor to US Airways was called All American Aviation, and was founded by the du Pont family in 1939.   After a series of name changes, it settled upon US Air in 1979.  It re-branded itself as US Airways in 1997.  US Airways maintains hubs in the American cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.  Moreover, Washington, D.C. is a focus city for the airline, through Reagan National Airport (IATA; DCA; ICAO: KDCA) just south of the central business sector of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia.  The airline’s main offices are in Tempe, Arizona.

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original story (Turkish Airlines)


Dutch Safety Board released conclusions on fatal plane crash

On Thursday the Dutch Safety Board published its conclusions on the likely causes of the fatal crash landing of Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 on February 25 last year.  It was a regularly scheduled flight from the airline’s hub near Istanbul to Amsterdam, and it crashed on final at Schiphol (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) killing nine, including the three pilots.  The airplane broke into three pieces on impact.

The report concluded that on final approach one of the plane’s two radio altimeter systems registered a much lower altitude than what the aircraft was actually flying.  (The altitude registered by the broken altimeter system, according to the report, was eight feet below sea level, basically the elevation of Schiphol.)  This in turn caused the autothrottle system, which took its readings only from the altimeter system that happened to be broken, to reduce throttle further and sooner than what protocol would dictate.

Moreover, air traffic control instructed the pilots of the Boeing 737-800 to fly a much shorter final approach than normal.  A consequence of this was that the plane was flying much higher and faster than one on an approach of a more normal length would be flying, that close to the end of the runway.  The autothrottle responded by automatically reducing throttle to near idle, as if the aircraft were at the touchdown stage of the final approach.

Only when the plane was about to stall did the pilots take corrective measures.  They pushed the throttle forward, presumably for a go-around and another try at the landing pattern.  But according to the report of the Dutch Safety Board, the pilots’ measures were in vain, because they neglected to disengage the autothrottle prior to attempting recovery from the stall.  The autothrottle responded to the pilots’ recovery attempt by pulling the throttle back to idle, where it had been when the stall (or near-stall) conditions were present.  At last the pilots disengaged the autothrottle, but their final efforts were too late.

The cause was determined to be a faulty radio altimeter compounded by pilot error.  Moreover, the Safety Board’s conclusions put some of the blame on the aircraft manufacturer’s documents for failing to mention the need to disconnect autothrottle during recovery from a loss of control.

original story (Turkish Airlines)