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 June 05, 2015
EVA Air and Turkish Airlines Initiate Taipei-Istanbul Code-Share; Services Start In June

 Star Alliance members EVA Air and Turkish Airlines have initiated a code-share agreement on the Taipei-Istanbul route, effective today (June 4, 2015). EVA has added its code to Turkish Airlines' current daily flights. When EVA launches service on the route in 2016, Turkish Airlines will reciprocate by placing its code on those flights. And once both airlines are flying Taipei-Istanbul, passengers can use the combined frequencies to plan itineraries with more flexibility and connectivity between Taiwan and Turkey.

As the route develops, the two airlines will collaborate to use Istanbul as a hub for travel to more distant destinations. Extending the code-share and commercial agreement beyond Istanbul will enable EVA to offer passengers more convenient choices for travel to Europe and for Turkish Airlines to give those on its flights easy access to popular destinations throughout Asia.

EVA and Turkish Airlines will also cooperate in efforts to boost tourism and cultural exploration between Taiwan and Istanbul and promote business travel between the two regions. The route is especially attractive to leisure and business travelers from Taiwan and Asia because it takes no more than 2~3 hours to make smooth onward flight connections to major cities in Europe, including Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen and Stockholm. The two airlines are also entering into a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) to enable passengers who book connecting flights to travel with one ticket and check baggage all the way through to their final destination.

Turkish Airlines links 226 international destinations with more than 100 of them in Europe. Istanbul is the only city in the world on two continents and serves as a main hub for travel between the east and west. It offers the transcontinental advantages of its location in Eurasia and makes connecting flights to destinations throughout Europe and the Middle East easier than ever for EVA passengers.

Istanbul is at the heart of Turkey's economy, culture and history. With its many historical architectural sites, tourism attractions and thriving businesses, travelers from every corner of the globe visit the city every year. The route and code-share arrangement gives passengers inviting new travel choices and will attract more travelers from Taiwan with the increased convenience of visiting Istanbul and more destinations throughout Europe.


EVA Air, a Star Alliance member, was formed in 1989 as Taiwan's first privately owned international airline. It is part of the respected Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container-shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of close to 70 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to more than 60 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and, starting June 20, Houston. With just one easy stop in Taipei, travelers can connect onward to most major cities throughout Asia, including more than 30 destinations in Mainland China.


Turkish Airlines

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 276 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 274 destinations worldwide with 226 international and 48 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2014, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the fourth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the sixth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service" and in 2013 the world's "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was last year awarded the world's "Best Business Catering Service" and "Best Business Class Lounge Dining" prizes in the Skytrax survey.


Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries.