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.

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.

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