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Old 06-18-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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Will they serve blonde hash and taffy?

Just wondering,

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Old 06-18-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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Notice that Air France excludes the 09 crash. Does American exclude 9/11??
Well, there's a reason to not fly "American"
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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This is good news for me since I fly there often. Turkish airlines is expensive so I will probably continue to use one stop connections with other airlines but having a nonstop option is great when time is an issue.

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Turkish Airlines wins the Best Airline in Europe award for 2011

Turkish Airlines was named the Best Airline Europe at the 2011 World Airline Awards, in a ceremony held in the French Air and Space Museum at the Paris Air Show.

The runners-up in this category are Swiss Intl Air Lines taking 2nd place in the category, ahead of Lufthansa in 3rd position.

Best Airline Europe
1 Turkish Airlines
2 Swiss International Air Lines
3 Lufthansa


Voted by over 18.8 million airline passengers from 100 different nationalities, the World Airline Awards™ are the most prestigious quality recognition of front-line product and service standards for the world airline industry. With 200 airlines featured, the awards measure customer satisfaction levels across 38 different items of airline front-line product and service.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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As others have stated, looks like others are already filling United's void. It wasn't the end of the World after all.
This has nothing to do with the "United Void". United never flew from Houston to Istanbul and never had any plans to.

This one should do well. I think they will put some pressure on Qatar since Qatar is so dependant on India Subcontinent traffic. Given Istanbuls geographic position, you can hit more oil rich areas through there. They also co-operate with United, so the Houston hub can feed other cities as well.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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^^ Funny thing is United will start Istanbul service on July 1st, but from Newark, NJ.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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^^ Funny thing is United will start Istanbul service on July 1st, but from Newark, NJ.
That is the move that makes most sense for them. Newark is their big trans-Atlantic hub.

United never had plans to fly there from Houston. This one is all on Turkish. A good move in my opinion. Though, Qatar may suffer some traffic loss. Not enough to make them flee the market, but given United and Turkish are in the same alliance and Qatar and United just severed ties.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I'm glad that Turkish Airlines will be flying out of Houston. I know people in the oil biz from Turkey and I expect they would support Turkish Airlines flights from Houston. I might fly them as well, if I were planning to visit Turkey for for vacation, if not business. Despite that, I think there is a much bigger market of people people who are flying to India, East Asia, SE Asia, or Australia, who just want a transfer point from which flight times and transfers are as pleasant as possible. The people I know like that seem to have switched from other airlines to Emirates and are very satisfied. They will be tough to win over to another airline.

On the subject of United, I don't think United recognizes much value in servicing the demand for servicing that kind of travel out of Houston. (Maybe they should, I dunno.) So, I don't think they see it as a threat to their business model and it won't influence their planning for service out of Houston.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Rocky Mountain Xplorer
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On the subject of United, I don't think United recognizes much value in servicing the demand for servicing that kind of travel out of Houston. (Maybe they should, I dunno.) So, I don't think they see it as a threat to their business model and it won't influence their planning for service out of Houston.
If Obama gets reelected (and I do expect him to be reelected), look for him to take care of his "hometown" airline and see that nonsense about requesting that Hobby be opened up to international traffic be rejected.
Even though that will provoke the whining and belly-achinging in Houston all over again, it will be in their best interests over the long-term that IAH be "the" international airport in the Houston area. They will some day thank the President.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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On the subject of United, I don't think United recognizes much value in servicing the demand for servicing that kind of travel out of Houston. (Maybe they should, I dunno.) So, I don't think they see it as a threat to their business model and it won't influence their planning for service out of Houston.
The fact is that Turkish is a member of Star Alliance along with United, and this will provide a way for United to code share with Turkish to get through the backdoor to Russia and Asia. Right now if you want to fly to India or anywhere else in Asia with UA from IAH, you have to go to LAX, EWR or ORD, or take the flight from hell to HNL/GUM. The only direct flight is the one to NRT.

Being able to get in and out of IST will be fantastic. Short hops to Greece, Israel, Russia, all while earning United miles.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Great news! We make a trip to India at least once a year from Houston and this will definitely widen our options and bring some competition in. As of now, Air France offers the cheapest tickets (incredibly cheap) to India, at least to my destination - Bangalore. But having experienced the top notch service offered in other middle eastern airlines like Qatar Airlines and Emirates, I do not want to fly Air France. And no, I don't care about fatalities blah blah blah. It's not like every other flight of theirs is doomed. If going by the same logic, I should stop driving as well. All I look forward to in such long trips is how peaceful my journey will be. Food, customer service and in-flight entertainment are very important to me and Qatar has never disappointed me.
It's too bad that flying my favorite airline, Cathay Pacific, from East coast gets expensive. In Cathay Pacific, you can reschedule your travel date as many times as you want - for FREE! I have made complete use of that in the past.
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