2014-09-22_15-20-06

At the ISTAT conference in Istanbul, CEO Dr. Temel Kotil shared an interesting view on how the airline selects an for a certain route: For to 4-5 hour segments, a single aisle aircraft has a lower cost per average seat mile, while on longer routes, a twin aisle aircraft is more effective.

Having Europe, Middle East (including parts of China and ) and Africa within 3,000NM distance, Turkish Airlines is able to effectively reach many of these destinations with a single aisle aircraft.  Moreover the airline tries to fully exploit an aircraft’s .

But in order to avoid spillage and retain highest revenue level s, the airline departs from this theory when necessary.  For example, Dr. Kotil stated that on the route Istanbul-Kinshasa, he prefers to deploy a -900 than and A330 for the seven hour flight. On this route with the 737-900 Turkish makes a profit whereas with a larger aircraft they will not.

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