The airline today reaches far beyond Switzerland, with bigger aircraft than the DC-9-30, although the sharp-angled emblem remains the same: something of a combination of a bird and a crescent moon.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Türk Hava Yollari: First Flight, Ankara-Basel, November 1979
Turkish Airlines is today nearing the status of a global carrier, with services to nearly every continent from an increasingly busy hub at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Half a lifetime ago, it was better know by its Turkish initials, THY, standing for Türk Hava Yollari, which is spelled out on this first-day cover envelope from 1979 along with its more familiar English-name (the cover also features German and French). The woodcut seems to feature the Gothic spires of Basel rather than the concrete blocks of Ankara.