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Turkish Airlines asks passengers for instant feedback at check-in counter

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By Raymond Kollau, airlinetrends.com

Social media has provide passengers a powerful platform to voice their opinion on their travel experience. In a response, the airline industry is among the most pro-active sectors that monitor the online conversation.

Furthermore, instead of just waiting for passengers to share their experiences (both good and bad) online, several airlines have also started to encourage passengers to provide their feedback about the service they encounter in real-time.

KLM, Singapore Changi
For example, KLM has launched a mobile app that allows the airline’s passengers to give real-time feedback on how they perceived their experience at the airport. After downloading the KLM Feedback app, passengers first choose the airport they are currently at and then choose the area (check-in, lounge, boarding, arrival) and sub-area they want to rate. The rating consists of simply tapping a ‘thumps up’ or ‘thumbs down’ button, but passengers can also specify their rating with a comment.

Singapore’s Changi Airport has installed an instant feedback system at selected check-in desks, immigration counters, retail stores, dining outlets and washrooms. Passengers can rate frontline service staff or the level of cleanliness on a five-point scale using interactive touchscreens. They can also indicate what they like or dislike.

Turkish Airlines
Another recent example comes from Turkish Airlines, which last month implemented a customer satisfaction measurement system at its İstanbul hub in order to measure passenger perception of the check-in process at staffed desks in real-time.

The airline has placed survey devices – red and black-cased models to distinguish respectively Economy and Business Class service areas– on its check-in counters.

How it works
When the airport agent starts the check-in process, the survey device is activated and greets passengers by their surname. The welcome screen also shows the name of the serving agent and asks passengers to rate the service. Passengers can start the survey themselves by touching the sceen or alternatively a rating screen appears automatically when the check-in process is finished. Read full article »

Turkish Airlines opens branded lounge at Borussia Dortmund soccer stadium

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This branded sports lounge case appears in the February 2014 edition of the Airline Marketing Benchmark, a monthly report by airlinetrends.com and Simpliflying, which identifies the latest innovative marketing campaigns recently launched by airlines around the world. Learn more »

Besides increasing the floor space of its already enormous departure lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in order to accommodate for the rapid growth of transfer passengers, Turkish Airlines is also using its signature lounge design as a way to add an experiential touch to its sponsorship of German top soccer team Borussia Dortmund.

Turkish Airlines in December last year opened a new branded VIP lounge at Signal Iduna Park, home of German top soccer team Borussia Dortmund. The 430sqm ‘Lounge Dortmund’ can seat up to 200 of the football club’s spectator-box guests and business partners, and has been designed to reflect the atmosphere of the airline’s International CIP Lounge at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, featuring spanning arches and rich colour palettes.

As well as comfortable seating areas, guests are provided with an array of food and drink, which include a selection of Turkish desserts, coffees and traditional Turkish tea, served by staff wearing the Turkish Airlines cabin crew uniform, reinforcing the airline experience at the stadium.

Faruk Çizmecioğlu, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, commented on the opening: “With the new Turkish Airlines Lounge we are creating a visible sign of our involvement with the club, right in the stadium.”
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Turkish Airlines lets start-ups pitch to Business Class passengers in-flight

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By Raymond Kollau, airlinetrends.com

Istanbul’s startup sector, known as the ‘Digital Bosphorus’, is thriving. As Wired reports this month: “Along with this shifting attitude to failure, Istanbul’s successes have encouraged younger generations to seek entrepreneurial success, resulting in strong software and gaming sectors emerging in a city best known for e-commerce. Venture capital is also emerging.”

‘Invest On Board’
So when Turkish Airlines wanted to promote its country’s technology and Internet start-ups, it decided to do something different. The airline’s new ‘Invest On Board’ program streams pitch videos from startups to the in-seat screens of passengers in Business Class, providing participating startups with a captive audience for their pitches [video here].

Or as THY puts it: “Invest on Board is a one of a kind opportunity for investors flying Turkish Airlines Business Class to invest in hand-picked startups. Finding the next big business has never been so effortless.”

The project is run by Etohum, a Turkish startup accelerator and the short videos, which run under two minutes, advertise mostly Turkey-based startups but also some foreign companies.

Participating startups in the first batch of IFE pitch videos include home accessories e-commerce site Dekoreko, commerce platform Ganipara, and dating service Pembe Panjur. Startup companies can apply via the ‘Invest On Board’ website for a chance to be featured on Turkish Airlines’ IFE system.
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Turkish Airlines taps on London Olympics fever through QR codes

By Shashank Nigam, SimpliFlying

The Olympic fever is gripping sports fans the world over. Tapping on the trend of real-world engagement through social media, which we highlighted in SimpliFlying’s recent webinar, Turkish Airlines has transformed national flags into QR codes and then placed them on digital bus shelters all over London to engage Olympic fans.

Working with their agency, McCann, Turkish Airlines has also added a little gamification on top of it by turning it to a London scavenger hunt. Those who find and scan the QR Code with their mobile phone automatically “check-in” to that flag via the mobile site.  To win a ticket to one of Turkish Airlines’ 200 destinations, all one has to do is be the participant with most check-ins. Those familiar with location based tools like Foursquare would find this a breeze.

Of course, the underlying aim here is to co-relate the number of diverse countries represented at the Olympics to Turkish Airlines’ own diverse destinations. Even if a person doesn’t win a ticket, at least he or she knows Turkish Airlines flights to the particular destination on the bar code.

In the mobile site, users can see the closest bus shelters, learn their check-in data and general stats. This video shows the QR Flags campaign in action at a bus stop in London.

Turkish Airlines goes ‘Ottoman Chic’ with its new lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Ambitious Turkish Airlines (THY), Europe’s fourth biggest airline and voted best airline in Europe in the 2011 Skytrax survey, has seen passengers soar as a result of an aggressive strategy to turn Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport into a hub for passengers travelling between Europe, Asia and Africa. One third of THY’s passengers currently transits in Istanbul and the airline plans to double this in the near future. To offer the rapidly growing number of passengers a better experience on the ground, Turkish Airlines has just opened a renovated and expanded lounge at Istanbul Airport.

Byzantine chic
The large, 3,000 m2 lounge (nearly three times the size of the former 1100m2 lounge) can accomodate 2,000 passengers per day and is divided in several sections, among which are a billiard hall and library, a TV wall, business centre, and a play room for children. The lounge also includes private relaxation rooms, showers with special toiletry kits, and a private infant room.

Catering in the lounges is provided by gourmet catering company Turkish Do&Co and passengers can help themselves on an extensive menu of hot and cold dishes, pastry, while a Turkish pizza (pide) kitchen prepares fresh pizzas on the spot. Besides a fresh juice bar, the beverage section offers Turkish brands such as Uludağ soda and Efes beer.

The design of Turkish Airlines’ lounge oozes an ambience of ‘Byzantine chic’ with curved arches that reflect the airline’s Ottoman roots (see also our recent whitepaper for more on how airlines can use their heritage to differentiate the passenger experience). The lounge also features a 150-year old olive tree and automatic piano that reportedly allows passengers to connect their iPod into to have it play their music. The lounge is accessible to Turkish Airlines’ business class passengers as well as and elite-tier members of THY and Star Alliance loyalty programs.
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Turkish Airlines unveils new cabin interior as part of ambitious growth strategy

Turkish Airlines (THY), Europe’s fourth biggest airline and one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has seen passengers soar as a result of an aggressive strategy to turn Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport into a hub for passengers between Europe, Asia and Africa. One third of THY’s passengers currently transits and the airline plans to double this in the near future. The airline operates direct flights to 128 international and 39 domestic destinations.

During 2010, THY has grown its fleet from 133 to 153 aircraft, added 15 new destinations and increased passenger numbers to 31 million (up from 25 million in 2009). In the first 9 months of 2010, THY’s revenues grew by 39 percent, passengers carried increased by 18 percent, and its load factor rose 3.4 points to 74.2 percent, despite the substantial capacity increase. THY says it aims to grow 15 to 20 percent annually in the coming years, just as it has for the past seven, and is on track to become Europe’s third-biggest full-service airline by passenger numbers soon, overtaking British Airways.

Doubling number of flights within 5 years
Turkish Airlines will increase its fleet to 196 aircraft within the next five years, as part of an order of 105 aircraft. With the new aircraft, the airline targets to double the number of flights it operates by 2015 and to become one of the 10 biggest carriers worldwide. Says THY’s CEO Temel Kotil. “The company grew twofold in recent years. Now we aim at competing with companies such as Luftansa and Air France. My personal aim is to raise the number of flights to 10,000 and make THY a world leader.” CEO Kotil also stated the Star Alliance carrier would focus on organic growth to boost market share, however THY is also looking to invest in other carriers, such as Serbia’s JAT Airways or LOT Polish Airlines. It already owns a 49% stake in B&H Airlines.
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