Turkish Airlines to train pilots in US

THY agreed with Florida Institute of Technology Aviation for training of Turkish pilots.

Turkish Airlines to train pilots in US

Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines, or THY, agreed with Florida Institute of Technology Aviation for training of Turkish pilots.

THY inked the deal to meet its increasing need for pilots after plans to expand its fleet and worldwide network of destinations. Currently, Istanbul-based air carrier's fleet consists of 127 aircraft. It plans to expand its fleet with 89 new planes shortly and recruit 1,500 more cabin personnel in 2010.

THY said in a statement on Wednesday that its co-pilots would be trained by Florida Institute of Technology Aviation at its facilities in the United States.

First group of THY staff, a group of 39 pilots, have already started a 13-month training program which includes licensing of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA).

Following 13-month training, THY pilots will continue an additional training program in Turkey, THY said.

THY was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers. The airlines made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947.

THY posted 387 million Euro of profit in 2009, becoming the top five airline companies following Air China and Ryan Air in the world that recorded the highest profit in 2009.

THY's passengers were up 26 percent when compared with the same period of 2009 and reached 6.2 million. It carried 4.9 million passengers in the first quarter of 2009. The number of business class and transit passengers in international lines was up 32 and 37 percent respectively in the mentioned period.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2010, 15:21

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