Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

Pekin Büyükelçiliği

Konuşma Metinleri

Address at the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of regular Turkish Airlines flights from İstanbul to Shanghai, 20.01.2011

“Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nihao, wanshang hao. Xie xie da jia,



I would like to thank you for the kind invitation and the opportunity to address such a distinguished gathering.



I extend my congratulations to the Turkish Airlines family for the 10th anniversary of their regular flights from İstanbul to Shanghai. I am personally attached to this family through my late maternal grandfather Allaettin Turagay who was one of the first captain pilots of Turkish Airlines.



Distinguished Guests,



During these tough times in the industry, there are very few airlines which have shone as brightly as Turkish Airlines. As numbers and figures speak louder than words, I would like to share a few statistics with you:



Turkish Airlines has served 25.1 million passengers, which constitutes 11% increase from the previous year;



Recorded 6.2% increase in Business Class traveling as well as 43.4% rise in foreign transit travel;



Turkish Airlines capacity utilization stood at 70.9%;



The total distance travelled increased 17% and reached 40.1 billion km’s;



Cargo services have increased by 19.6% with a total volume of 237 thousand tons.



There is a positive correlation between the direct flight frequencies of Turkish Airlines to the PRC and the Turkish-Chinese trade volume. In 2001, while the bilateral trade volume stood at around 1 billion US $ we had few flights between our countries. Today, including Hong Kong, we have 14 flights weekly and the trade volume stands at 14 billion US $.



We wish to increase the direct flight frequency to 25 per week (7 days a week to both Beijing and Shanghai) and add Guangzhou to our destinations.



Once we realize that it would further stimulate our bilateral trade and give impetus to cargo flights, I am confident that with the help of relevant Chinese authorities and the dedicated Turkish Airlines personnel, we will achieve that goal as well.



Once again, I congratulate Turkish Airlines executives Director General Mr. Temel Kotil, President Mr. Hamdi Topçu and Shanghai Director Mr. Gayret Yüksel and all its committed personnel in their excellence driven achievements.



To many more achievements! Hope to see you soon on a Turkish Airlines flight!



Xie xie, man man chi!



Afiyet olsun!”