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Turkish Airlines and SunExpress shine at world airline awards

Turkish Airlines and SunExpress shine at world airline awards A SunExpress aircraft is seen beside a Turkish Airlines plane at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, Feb. 7, 2020. (Reuters Photo)
By Selin Atay
Jun 25, 2024 7:42 AM

At the prestigious World Airline Awards ceremony held in London, Turkish Airlines (THY) and SunExpress, a joint venture of Türkiye’s national flag carrier THY and German carrier Lufthansa, both received significant accolades.

THY was celebrated as Europe’s Best Airline for the 9th time, along with winning awards for the World’s Best Business Class Catering and Southern Europe’s Best Airline. SunExpress, meanwhile, was named Europe’s Best Leisure Airline, reaffirming its excellence in the aviation industry.

THY commits to Turkish hospitality

The awards were accepted on behalf of THY by CEO Bilal Eksi. Eksi expressed his delight at receiving these prestigious awards from Skytrax.

“We are immensely proud to be recognized as Europe’s Best Airline and Southern Europe’s Best Airline, and to have our first-class catering service acknowledged for its excellence. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team. We thank our valued passengers and the Skytrax team for these wonderful honors. Committed to the Turkish hospitality that is in our DNA, we are determined to continue offering a unique travel experience to our passengers and to continuously renew and improve our services.”

Skytrax CEO comments on Turkish Airlines

Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted congratulated Turkish Airlines.

To be chosen as Europe’s Best Airline for the ninth time in such a competitive region demonstrates Turkish Airlines’ popularity among its customers. Winning the World’s Best Business Class Catering award once again highlights the success of Turkish DO&CO, which should take great pride in this achievement

Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted

SunExpress named “Best Leisure Airline” in Europe

SunExpress, a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, has been named “Europe’s Best Leisure Airline” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Following its win last year, SunExpress has retained this prestigious title, having also been awarded “World’s Best Leisure Airline” in 2022.

We are thrilled to be recognized as Europe’s Best Leisure Airline once again. This award reflects our commitment to providing our passengers with a high-quality and comfortable travel experience. I extend my gratitude to all our colleagues and loyal customers who made this success possible. We will continue to invest in our products and services both in the air and on the ground with the same passion and dedication in the years ahead

SunExpress CEO Max Kownatzki

Skytrax passenger satisfaction survey

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are based on an extensive global passenger satisfaction survey conducted annually by the international air transport rating organization Skytrax. This year’s survey included participants from over 100 countries.

Expanding services and capacity

Expanding its direct flights to Türkiye in 2024, SunExpress has increased its seat capacity by 19% compared to the previous year to meet international demand.

Offering direct flights to over 200 destinations in 35 countries, the airline added 28 new routes to its network this summer and aims to carry 15 million passengers in 2024.

Last Updated:  Jun 25, 2024 8:28 AM