Turkish Airlines will launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Istanbul, Turkey four times a week beginning on March 3, 2011.

Turkish Airlines will launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Istanbul, Turkey four times a week beginning on March 3, 2011.

The airline’s plan to begin Istanbul-Los Angeles service was revealed exclusively by www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com on October 30, 2009.

The airline will operate the flights with new Boeing 777-300ERs and the City of Los Angeles expects the service to generate hundreds of millions of dollars annually in economic activity in Southern California.

“I am very proud that Turkish Airlines has chosen LAX as its U.S. West Coast gateway,” says Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The nonstop route between LAX and Istanbul will strengthen business, tourism and cultural ties with one of the most desirable cities in Eurasia, while providing improved connecting service to more European, Asian, African and Middle Eastern destinations.

“Gaining new and increased international service at LAX and LA/Ontario International Airport is a top priority for me because of the substantial contribution these flights make to the economy of Southern California,” the Mayor adds. “Turkish Airlines’ nonstop service to Istanbul is a prime example of the type of air service we want to attract to our airports.”

Turkish Airlines' long-haul fleet includes Airbus A330-200s and A340-300s. The airline also operates four 777-300ERs leased from India's Jet Airways and its has another 12 777-300ERs on order for new routes such as the Istanbul-Los Angeles service that Turkish Airlines launches in March 2011. The carrier also has 10 A330-300s on order

“Passengers will experience Turkish Airlines’ high quality service and overall customer service excellence in Business Class, Comfort Class and Economy Class on brand-new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the latest technology,” says Fatma Yuceler, Turkish Airlines’ director for the West Coast. “This route will open new doors for travel between Los Angeles, Istanbul, and the rest of the world.”

According to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, one average daily, round-trip, transoceanic flight of wide-body aircraft to and from LAX generates $623 million in economic output annually, and sustains 3,120 direct and indirect jobs in Southern California with annual wages of $156 million.

The Turkish Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Istanbul will operate four times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal using Boeing 777-300ERs configured to seat 337 passengers.

The flight schedule was developed to provide Turkish Airlines passengers with convenient connections between Istanbul and major Turkish and Eurasian cities, as well as between LAX and important cities in the Middle East.

Los Angeles will be Turkish Airlines’ fifth North American gateway, adding to New York, Chicago, Washington, and Toronto. Turkish Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, which offers 19,700 daily flights to 1,077 destinations in 175 countries. For further information on Turkish Airlines visit www.turkishairlines.com.