Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) is sending revamped planes to its flights to Colombia and Panama to give passengers traveling to Latin America and back extra comfort. Cemal Kaya, Turkish Airlines’ manager in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela, told Anadolu Agency on Monday that the planes serving the Colombia and Panama line have been renovated for a more comfortable flight. Explaining that despite its marathon 13-hour length, the Istanbul-Bogota-Panama line has many passengers, Kaya said that with the renovated planes THY started to give better service to its customers and has gotten lots of positive feedback.
Kaya added that once the renovation of other Airbus A-330 200 planes is finished, passengers on the Cuba-Venezuela line will also enjoy more comfortable flights.
Kaya said that Colombia and Panama are important Latin American hubs, as Turkish Airlines wants to connect Latin America to the world via Bogota and Panama thanks to its partnerships with Colombia's Avianca and Panama's Copa Airlines.
Separately, Kaya stated that the Turkish Embassy in Bogota, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, and the Turkish Petroleum International Company (TPIC) have recently boosted Turkish visibility and influence in the region.
He added that Anadolu Agency’s new Spanish wire service will enhance to Turkey's visibility in Colombia and Latin America in general.
Anadolu Agency officially launched its 13th broadcast-language service -- Spanish -- in a ceremony in Bogota last week.
Turkish Airlines flies to over 300 destinations worldwide with its fleet of 329 passenger and cargo aircraft.
According to the 2017 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines, already having been named the Best Airline in Europe between 2011 and 2016, has now been chosen the Best Airline in Southern Europe for the ninth year in a row.
Reporting by Lokman Ilhan:Writing by Can Erozden