Turkish Airlines Coming to Atlanta
If Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, wasn't already mad about Qatar Airways expanding to Delta's home turf, he surely will be now. Beginning next May, Turkish Airlines will join the growing lineup of international carriers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. On May 16 of next year, Turkish Airlines will begin daily flights from their hub at Istanbul-Ataturk (IST) to Atlanta (ATL) using the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The flight (TK31) will leave Istanbul at 1:30 PM and arrive in Atlanta about 13 hours later at 7:10 PM. The return flight leaves Atlanta at 10:00 PM and arrives back in Istanbul at 4:55 PM the next day. The 777's will have 2 classes of service: Business (49 angled lie-flat seats) and Economy (300 seats). This will be Atlanta's third daily nonstop flight to the Middle East. Delta currently operates a direct flight to Dubai on the Boeing 777-200LR and Qatar Airways will begin service to Doha in July 2016, also using the Boeing 777. I'd say that there's now about a 99% chance that Emirates will announce service to Atlanta
within the next few months at the Paris Air Show next week.
Although Turkish Airlines has, for the most part, been left out of the debate between the three major U.S. carriers (Delta, American & United) and the "Middle East Three" (Emirates, Qatar & Etihad), they present just as a much of a threat to American carriers as the other three. They fly to over 250 destinations across 100+ countries and are part of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance in the world. In the United States, they already fly to Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Francisco and Washington DC. They will also restart flights to Miami later this year.
Flights from to Atlanta are already available for booking online.