Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is today a leading four-star airline with a mixed fleet of 289 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 276 destinations in a staggering 110 countries around the world.

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world today, it has received an ever-growing number of "Passenger Choice Awards" in recent years from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) which showcase the award winning service.

This year alone, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as "Best Airline in Europe" for the fifth consecutive year and awarded "Best Business Class Lounge" and "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" by Skytrax at the 2015 World Airline Awards held at the Paris Airshow last month.

The global airline won the SkyTrax Award, known as the "Passengers Choice Awards," for the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" consistently in 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. This accolade speaks for itself in the travel industry and Turkish Airlines is extremely proud of these achievements.

In order to keep alive its brand equity, which provides a serious advantage in terms of competition, Turkish Airlines invests in its quality of service, in-flight entertainment systems, comfortable seats, gourmet cuisine and, perhaps most importantly, its employees.

Turkish Airlines is always on the forefront of the latest technological advances and innovations in the aviation industry and boasts one of the youngest fleets of aircraft in the industry.

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As the airline expands its routes and number of aircraft, continuous training of its employees is of the utmost importance to ensure the safety of its passengers.

The Turkish Airlines Aviation Academy is IATA certified, offering training courses to other airline employees as well as external organizations. This undoubtedly further cements our position as a leading global carrier.

Turkish Airlines regards flight safety and service quality as two of the most indispensable necessities. Turkish Airlines currently holds a four-star ranking and is consistently striving to secure a five-star ranking in the near future.

In addition to Europe, Turkish Airlines is also strategically expanding its network into Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America.

As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world with its hub in Istanbul, Turkish Airlines holds a strategic position between the East and West allowing easier connections throughout our network.

Our expansion in recent years shows our commitment to the West Midlands region and this will continue as long as the demand for travel within our region continues to grow.

Turkish Airlines flies from Birmingham International Airport with 12 weekly flights. However, this is not just in the West Midlands – we are also expanding our flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh to the world via Istanbul. We are proud to announce that we have over 115 weekly flights from the UK alone.

We are continuing to demonstrate our increasing popularity amongst UK passengers for both domestic and international destinations. Turkish Airlines continues to focus on delivering a high quality service, widening the world of our passengers and reaffirming our position as one of the world's leading airlines.

In 2015, Turkish Airlines has been chosen "Europe' s Best Airline " for the fifth and awarded "Best Airline in Southern Europe " for the seventh consecutive time.

Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world's "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the Skytrax survey.

Turkish Airlines flies to more countries in the world than any other airline (110 countries over five continents) according to UMB's Official Airline Guide. In 2013, Turkish Airlines, was named "Best Airline in Europe" by Skytrax.

A winner of the "World's Best Economy Class On-Board Catering" award, Turkish Airlines was also the recipient of the Skytrax "Best Business Class Catering" award in 2013.

The global airline won the SkyTrax Award, known as the "Passengers Choice Awards," for the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" consistently in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Skytrax named Turkish Airlines "Best Premium Economy Seats in the world" for its Comfort Class seats.