The FINANCIAL — Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines on June 18 jointly announced the start of a code-sharing partnership effective as of 01 July 2015 that enables both flag carriers to tap into new markets and offer their passengers more travel options.
The agreement was signed by Mr. Jaime J. BAUTISTA, President and COO of Philippine Airlines and Mr. Temel KOTIL Ph.D. Deputy Chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines during the IATA AGM 2015 taking place in Miami, according to Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines currently have three operations weekly on Istanbul-Manila v.v. route on which Philippine Airlines will place its marketing code while Turkish Airlines will be marketing Manila-Cebu v.v. and Manila-Davao v.v. flights operated by Philippine Airlines, at the initial stage of their cooperation. The parties intend to expand the codeshare agreement when the frequencies of the operations between the two countries will be increased. Such an expansion of the codeshare agreement will allow passengers to benefit from better connectivity and increased travel flexibility between the Philippines and Turkey and beyond the carriers’ respective networks.
Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines will work in cooperation to contribute tourism and cultural exploration, and to promote business travel between the Philippines and Turkey.
“We’re delighted to partner with one of the world’s leading carriers, Turkish Airlines. For starters, this agreement enables both partner-carriers to further boost tourism and business travel between Istanbul and Manila and the beyond Manila routes.” said Philippine Airlines President and COO Jaime J. BAUTISTA.
“We are extremely pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Philippine Airlines and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through the networks of both airlines. Additionally, we believe that this partnership with Philippines Airlines will bring enormous benefit to both airlines from a commercial perspective in rapidly growing relations between our countries.” said Temel KOTIL Ph.D. Deputy Chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines.
Turkish Airlines connects 226 international destinations and Istanbul, as the only city in the world having settled on two continents, serves as a main hub of Turkish Airlines. It offers the transcontinental advantages of its location in Eurasia and makes connecting flights to destinations all around the globe easier than ever.
The Philippine Airlines is Asia’s first airline to cross the Pacific. Turkish Airlines is Philippine Airlines’s 9th_international code share partner, along with Westjet, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airlines, All Nippon , Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Air Macau.