Newark Set To Become Next Turkish Airlines Destination

Turkish Airlines has an enviable route network. The airline flies to many corners of the world and will soon inaugurate another new destination. In northern summer 2020, Turkish Airlines will fly to Newark Liberty International Airport from Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines will soon fly to Newark Liberty International Airport. Photo: Airbus

Turkish Airlines’ new route to Newark

Announced in a press release, the daily flight will depart Istanbul at 18:35 and arrive at 22:30 on the same day. The return from Newark will depart at 00:25 with same-day arrival in Istanbul at 17:10. All times are local.

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Turkish Airlines will fly an Airbus A330 daily between Istanbul and Newark. Photo: Turkish Airlines

The timings for this flight are not the most ideal. If you are a traveler who likes to sleep on a flight, this may not be the best option for passengers who want to combat jet lag. And, the 00:25 departure from Newark is a bit brutal.

Onboard Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines offers a well-renowned service. Turkish business class is known to be among the best in the world. However, the hard product on the A330 (similar to that of the 777) lacks direct aisle access (like on the new A350s and 787s) with the 2-2-2 configuration. However, this product does offer each passenger lie-flat seating, so Turkish Airlines would still be one excellent flight in or out of Newark.

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Lie-flat business class seat on a Turkish Airlines 777 similar to the A330 but with a middle seat. Photo: Simple Flying

In economy class, the A330 is in a comfortable 2-4-2 configuration. Each seat has access to on-demand seatback entertainment. This is definitely a plus for a long-haul.

Newark grows the Turkish network

Turkish Airlines flies to an impressively large number of countries. This offers passengers connectivity across the world from Bali to recently announced Vancouver and a triangle routing to Mexico City and Cancun.

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Turkish Airlines has been in a route expansion mode. Photo: Tom Boon / Simple Flying

What is notable about this expansion is that Turkish Airlines is not reducing any frequencies to New York-JFK. Thus, the carrier is increasing capacity to New York. Unlike JFK, however, Newark provides another opportunity for Turkish Airlines.

United has a hub in Newark

Turkish Airlines is part of Star Alliance. Star Alliance partner United Airlines has a major hub out of Newark. However, the flight times are not exactly conducive to connections. Although, given the expansive Turkish network, it is likely that more passengers will terminate in Newark having connected through Istanbul.

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Turkish Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance. Photo: Turkish Airlines

However, Turkish Airlines operates to a number of cities in the United States including Houston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington-Dulles among others.


Turkish is opening a new route to Newark and this is good news. With this new route, the airline will offer service to yet another major market as the carrier embarks to connect various corners of the world. Now, Turkish just needs to start up nonstop flights to Australia in order to serve just about every nook of the world.

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