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FEATURE: BUSINESS TRAVEL


business travellers. Members of Turkish Corporate Club can benefit from special reductions, penalty free flights with free re-booking, re-routing and refunds as well as free tickets, excess luggage allowance, and corporate club cards to gain access to airport lounges. The company which was


Corporate club takes off T


urkish Airlines has launched a bespoke programme for


established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, now operates a five weekly service with the youngest fleet in Europe and flies from Birmingham to over 180 destinations worldwide including Europe, Far East, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, South America, Africa, and the United States. As soon as companies have a corporate club


agreement in place, there are discounts on flights from the UK on business, comfort and economy classes.


Business travellers can look forward to an extra 10


kg luggage allowance on international flights and the more flight time the more free tickets are awarded. Travellers in Economy class can also benefit from lounge access in departing cities in the UK. Mustafa Yildirim, general manager, Birmingham, said: “Our new corporate club offers business


Mustafa Yildirim


Berlin service on offer in 2012


travellers lots of advantages. We have the eighth biggest network in the world and at the end of this year, with the addition of new routes, we will be the seventh biggest network in the world. We cover everywhere you can think of except for Australia and New Zealand.”


Earlier this year Turkish Airlines


won “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe” at the World Airline Awards. In 2010 the company carried over 29 million passengers and supports 15,726 employees.


Lufthansa will start a new daily service between Birmingham and Berlin to coincide with the opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg “Willy Brandt” Airport in June 2012. The new service will be operated with modern and fuel-efficient aircraft from the Airbus 320 family (A321, A320, A319) in a two class configuration. Karsten Benz, vice president sales and services Europe, said: “The addition of direct flights to Berlin reaffirms the importance of Birmingham within the Lufthansa network. The opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg ‘Willy Brandt’ airport next year provides new opportunities for Lufthansa to increase its offering to Birmingham passengers.


“Lufthansa offers a range of


highly competitive fares for both business and leisure travellers and a high quality product that provides passengers with their seat, hold and cabin baggage allowances, in flight food and drink, the ability to check-in on line, from their mobile phone or at the airport and all taxes and charges for one all inclusive fare.”


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