Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul to Newark service is going ahead in just four days. Relaunching after 27 years, it effectively replaces JFK’s third-daily service, with near-identical timings. The B787-9 and B777-300ER operate at first, before the A330-300 takes over until winter.
The 5,014-mile (8,059 km) route has the following schedule until winter, with all times local:
- TK29: departs Istanbul at 18:40 and arrives at 22:35
- TK30: departs Newark at 00:05 and arrives back at 16:50
Initially operating four times per week, it will become once-daily from June 14th. Clearly, the timings mean that it is all about point-to-point (P2P) New York demand and connections over Istanbul rather than over Newark, an important Star Alliance hub.
This route joins Vancouver, which Turkish Airlines inaugurated on May 2nd. Like Newark, this was also delayed from last year. Simple Flying had a good look at Vancouver earlier this month.
Returning after 27 years
This Newark service effectively replaces Turkish Airlines’ third-daily New York JFK operation, which ended in October 2019. The timings are almost a mirror image of what it flew to JFK.
Newark was originally announced in 2019 to begin on May 25th, 2020, on a once-daily basis using A330-300s. For obvious reasons, it was postponed until January 1st and then postponed again. But this will not be the first time the airline has served Newark.
From October 1992, it operated both Istanbul-Brussels-Newark and Istanbul-Newark, both twice-weekly. From the following August, it was non-stop only, before ceasing in October 1994. It will now return after 27 years.
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