Turkish Airlines, also known as THY, was formerly known as Devlet Hava Yollar Isletmesi when it was established in 1933. Fesa Evrensev, one of Turkey’s first pilots, served as THY’s general manager during this time, when the company had only 5 aircraft and fewer than 30 employees. In 1947, there was the first ever international flight between Istanbul and Athens.
Turkish Airlines became the company’s new name in 1955, the same year it joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Turkish Airlines, one of the airlines that flies the most, flies to over 120 countries and has more than 377 aircraft as of today. You should be aware of the following when traveling with THY!
Turkish Airlines Check-in
THY check-in starts 12 hours before the flight departure time. You must be ready at the gate 45 minutes before the departure time for domestic flights and 60 minutes before the departure time for international flights, with your check-in and baggage procedures completed.
You can download your boarding pass to your phone or print it by doing online check-in on THY website or mobile application. If you do not have such an opportunity, you can get your boarding pass from the counters or kiosks at the airport.
Turkish Airlines Seat Selection
There are two classes of THY planes, economy and business. Seat selection in Economy class tickets is paid and the price varies depending on the destination. For business class tickets, seat selection is free of charge, except for Ankara outbound and return flights.
Traveling with Children
Infants 0-2 years old travel at a discount. There is also a 22 lbs (10 kg) baggage allowance for infants. Strollers not exceeding 4 ft (115 cm) are taken into the cabin free of charge.
Traveling with Pets
Only cats, dogs and small birds can be transported with the passenger in the cabin, provided that they do not exceed 17 lbs (8 kg) with their box/cage. A maximum of two pet boxes are accepted per passenger. Only one of these boxes can be inserted into the cabin. The other must be delivered to the cargo hold.
To be able to travel with pets, reservations must be made at least 6 hours before the flight time.
Pets and their boxes are not included in the baggage allowance. An extra fee is required.
Only dogs are accepted in the cabin as a service animal. Reservation is required up to 48 hours before departure time. Guide dogs must sit at the feet of their owners without boxes throughout the flight. These dogs must be trained and certified.
Wheelchair requests must be made at least 48 hours before the flight. Requests not specified before this time will be met if possible. Wheelchairs are considered as personal item and it’s free to get it in the cabin.