Turkish Airlines is returning to Newark more than two decades after abandoning service to Liberty International Airport.
The carrier will launch daily service starting in August 2019, utilizing an Airbus A330-300:
- TK29 Istanbul (IST) – Newark (EWR) / 13:15-17:20 / A333
- TK30 Newark (EWR) – Istanbul (IST) / 22:30-15:15 / A333
I love the late departure out of Newark. It maximizes sleep and allows for domestic connections across the country. United may be focusing on local traffic at Newark, but will no doubt feed many passengers onto Turkish.
I’d call United and Turkish frenemies. They are not joint venture or even codeshare partners, but they are both Star Alliance members. I’m sure United would rather you fly United or Lufthansa to Germany then connect to Istanbul, but I see synergies in working with Turkish.
Not only does Turkish offer a decent economy class experience, it is also serves as a gateway to many unique cities in the world that other carriers do not serve.
Newark to Istanbul is such a special route for me…
United tried it and failed, but it was on a United-operated Newark to Istanbul flight that a flight attendant lied about me, resulting in me being thrown off the flight.
I am excited to see another U.S. destination from Turkish Airlines. Not only does Turkish offer an exceptional business class product, it is also often an excellent source of award space.
Would you fly Turkish to/from Newark?
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