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Turkish Airlines has been the target of ongoing criticism over its ruling on serving alcohol, with many passengers complaining about the decision. DAILY NEWS photo

Turkish Airlines has been the target of ongoing criticism over its ruling on serving alcohol, with many passengers complaining about the decision. DAILY NEWS photo

Turkish Airlines (THY) released a statement Feb. 13 in response to the ongoing debate over company policies on serving alcohol during flights, citing foreign countries’ requests as the cause for the removal of alcohol on flights on eight different routes.

The company has been the target of ongoing criticism, with many passengers complaining about the decision.

Alcohol is served only to business class passengers on domestic flights, THY said, adding that 20 of the 36 routes did not have such class applications. Of the remaining 16 routes, only passengers on Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, Bodrum and Dalaman flights are served alcohol due to “fewer business class passengers and lack of demand on other routes.”

THY confirmed the removal of alcohol from in-flight menus on flights to eight countries, and cited requests from the countries themselves as the cause behind the move.

THY made headlines recently when the company’s new uniform designs were leaked on social microblogging website Twitter, instantly causing great public backlash. Turkish designer Dilek Hanif defended the designs, which included lower hemlines and Ottoman-era-like hats, and told daily Hürriyet that the process was still ongoing.

THY representatives have responded to the Twitter reactions, saying the uniform designs have not been finalized yet.

The debate prompted the company to release further photos, containing different designs and color alternatives.


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sam stevens

2/14/2013 11:17:23 PM

Good bye Turkey, we Brits can all go back to Spain .... where we can relax without any politics or moralising !

mara mcglothin

2/14/2013 9:18:03 PM

SPARKS It already is a country of fears. No one will talk openly on the phone or even in the phone where a cell phone has a battery in it! Already the paranoid in normal society is at a fevered pitch. It has been a slow erosion to the point that many people don't even see it, OR they also have houses in Europe or America and don't really care what happens except to themselves. They will just leave. There aren't any statesmen on the horizon that care more for the Republic than themselves.

Socialist TRK

2/14/2013 6:11:48 PM

I think all air hostesses and hosts should wear a hijab and we should sit on prayer mats and the plane should always face Mecca, even if that is not the correct destination.


2/14/2013 4:03:13 PM

Welcome to Afgan Airlines!


2/14/2013 12:12:22 PM

FARUK: Slowly the country becomes a state of fears and tears instead a state of joy and laughter. In some years the entire state is covered with "silence" and nobody can do anymore what he or she wants. Slowly, but definitely. But o.k. this is my opinion or could I be totally wrong :-)

Faruk Beisser

2/14/2013 11:13:00 AM

Cezer, they do not need to explain, the explanation is very obvious. THY belongs to the Turkish gov't and who do you think that is? Just in case you shouldn't know, it's the islamist Gülen/Erbakan AKP!

Faruk Beisser

2/14/2013 9:51:44 AM

Hooray, hooray, hooray, for the Gülen/Erbakan AKP's airline! Thank you, thank, thank you, Gülen/Erbakan AKPTHY, for protecting us from drunken foreigners! And now let us have readings from the Koran over the loudspeakers!

Tevfik Alp

2/14/2013 3:59:43 AM

It sounds like, a tongue in cheek explanation.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/14/2013 3:07:15 AM

BRIT: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Senegal, and Niger. THY claims that Pakistan has requested, but there are also claims that Emirates and Qatari still serve alcohol to and from Pakistan. THY offered no explanation so far.

ibrahim osman

2/13/2013 8:40:12 PM

Eight countries have asked the removal of alcohol from THY flights.We can imagine which are the eight countries.What a shame for Turkey,we never yielded to Arabs before.
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