We’ve long been fans of Turkish Airlines because of their unmistakable Turkish hospitality. They already had one of the best Business Class experiences in the air and a stunning lounge in Istanbul, but Turkish Airlines is upping their game with the move to the epic new Istanbul Airport and new uniforms.
To get a better understanding of Turkish Airline’s vision we sat down with M. Ilker Aycı, Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. But before watching the video it’s important to understand the impact of Istanbul’s impressive new airport and the symbolism of their new uniforms.
The new Istanbul Airport (IST) is the largest construction project in Turkey’s 95 year history. It is being launched in four phases with the final phase set to come on line in 2028. Once completed it will have an annual capacity of 200 million passengers and be the largest airport terminal ever built from scratch. It will also be Europe’s largest transit hub.
In total, the complex will occupy an area of 76.5 km2, offer six runways, four terminals and 233 aircraft parking positions, along with more than 500 check-in desks and 225,000 employees. For passengers it will be efficient, comfortable and luxurious, which is what all travelers want.
The new IST will also allow Turkish Airlines, which already flies to more destinations than any other airline, to grow their passenger and cargo business.
To celebrate this new era for Turkish Airlines and to commemorate their 85th anniversary, the airline commissioned Milan-based Haute Couturier Ettore Bilotta to design the uniforms which are both whimsical and practical, modern and elegantly classic.
The designers incorporated traditional patterns found in artisanal glassware, ceramics, and calligraphy with contemporary textures and details, along shapes and colors which symbolize the dynamic energy flowing through Istanbul. They seem like the perfect new detail to Turkish Airline’s vision.