Turkish Airlines Celebrates 91-Year History; Unveils Masterpiece Named “Wings Of Türkiye”

Every curve and weld tells a story of Turkish Airlines's remarkable journey.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Turkish Airlines Celebrates 91-Year History; Unveils Masterpiece Named “Wings Of Türkiye”

Turkish Airlines, Türkiye’s national carrier, soars into its 91st year with a unique tribute to its rich history.  Inspired by the Curtiss King Bird D2, the very first aircraft that launched their journey in 1933, the airline has unveiled a remarkable sculpture named “Wings of Türkiye.”

Wings of Türkiye

This awe-inspiring creation is a testament to both heritage and sustainability. Sculptor Selçuk Yılmaz, collaborating with Turkish Airlines, has meticulously crafted the “Wings of Türkiye” from retired aircraft parts accumulated over the airline’s impressive 91 years. This not only honours the Curtiss King Bird D2’s pioneering role in Turkish civil aviation but also breathes new life into these retired components.

The “Wings of Türkiye” is a colossal masterpiece, weighing in at a staggering 4 tons. Its impressive wingspan stretches 9 metres, its length reaches 6 metres, and it stands tall at 2.4 metres. Every curve and weld tells a story of Turkish Airlines’ remarkable journey. It draws a path from its humble beginnings to its current position as a global leader in aviation.

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To further enrich the experience, Turkish Airlines has created a captivating film that accompanies the sculpture. This visual narrative poetically depicts the airline’s evolution,. It uses the “Wings of Türkiye” as a powerful metaphor for its ascent to its present-day prominence.

Turkish Airlines, has grown to become the world’s leader in terms of destinations served. Their extensive network, modern planes, comfortable seating, and tasty food have all contributed to their recognition as the Best Airline in Europe.

Turkish Airlines, a founding member of Star Alliance, has grown from a fleet of just five aircraft in 1933 to a colossal force in the aviation industry.  Today, their impressive fleet of 455 passenger and cargo aircraft connects passengers to a staggering 346 destinations across 120 countries.

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With 293 international and 53 domestic routes, Turkish Airlines continues to bridge continents and cultures. It truly lives up to its motto: “Fly There with Ease.”

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