THY launches its first flights with sustainable aviation fuel

In a bid to reduce its carbon emissions, the national airline Turkish Airlines (THY) will switch to a special fuel that cuts emissions by 87%, the president of the airline, Ilker Aycı said Thursday.

With the motto “Our road is the future”, THY will launch flights using sustainable aviation fuel, Aycı told Anadolu Agency (AA).

“Turkish Airlines is proud to launch a new project very soon,” said Aycı, announcing the start of the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) once a week on its Istanbul-Stockholm route.

Citing data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Aycı pointed out that THY is the world’s fifth largest carrier of international passengers.

Between January and November of this year, the company served 40.5 million passengers, he said, adding that it has experienced the fastest recovery in the North American region during the same period.

According to Eurocontrol data, THY has maintained its leadership in Europe with 932 daily flights on average in 2021.

Regarding the emergence of the omicron variant, which has shaken expectations of recovery from COVID-19 conditions in some locations, Aycı said: “It does not seem likely that the aviation industry will face a chaotic situation as happened in the spring of 2020. “

He stressed that revised vaccines and other health measures aimed at slowing the pandemic would minimize the dangers posed by new emerging variants such as omicron.

“We maintain our cautious optimism at the end of 2021, which has been a more successful year than 2020,” Aycı said.

THY is expected to begin regular flights to Cebu in the Philippines, the US cities of Denver, Seattle and Detroit, Sialkot in Pakistan and Hargeisa in Somalia, depending on possibilities and market conditions.

“In 2022, we expect to receive a total of 18 next-generation aircraft, including 10 wide-body and eight narrow-body,” he said.

Turkish Airlines currently flies to 333 destinations worldwide in 328 cities in 128 countries, Aycı said, adding that the carrier has a fleet of 373 aircraft, including 104 wide-body, 246 narrow-body and 23 cargo planes in 2021, that is 21 older than a year. There are.

In 2020, Turkish Airlines carried 28 million passengers with a 71% load factor, even amid global travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus, border closures and an overall drop in consumer demand.

AnadoluJet offers low cost international flights

Claiming that Turkish Airlines subsidiaries such as AnadoluJet and Turkish Cargo will “fly using their own wings,” Aycı said the company has stepped up investments in AnadoluJet.

“AnadoluJet, which launched international flights in 2020, will be one of our investment focal points in the coming period,” Aycı said, noting that the company is creating a new structure that includes a new business model with the aim of strengthening itself in a low-cost airline market.

“We plan to restructure the low cost carrier market with our feasibility studies,” he added.

Turkish Cargo to be among the top three air freighters by 2023

Even as COVID-19 hit the aviation industry hardest, Turkish Cargo, a division of THY, continued to operate using more than 30 passenger planes in addition to its cargo planes while gaining market share .

Since the outbreak of the virus, the freighter has delivered more than 94,000 tonnes of drugs and medical equipment to 135 countries and more than 327 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 57 countries.

Turkish Cargo last year became the sixth largest air carrier in the world while increasing its cargo capacity, Aycı said, adding that last October the company performed one in 20 air cargo services worldwide.

Noting that the company’s market share in total global freight revenue has increased from 0.6% in 2019 to 5.3% this year, Aycı said, “Thanks to the growth rate that Turkish Cargo has achieved in recent years, the freighter aims to become one of the top three air cargo companies by 2023. “

In the first 11 months of this year, the amount of cargo carried by the freighter reached 1.7 million tonnes, a jump of 22.8% compared to the same period in 2019.

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