28 February 2016

Digital in Turkey - 2016

Well... it is better to compare it with the previous year's results, which I published in this blog; Digital in Turkey.

From my point of view, the most important one is the 50% equal share of laptops/desktops and mobile devices/tablets. Social media usage and habits are also indicative both in Turkey and rest of the world. In two years time, the company I work for will inaugurate the world's biggest hub; Istanbul New Airport. The question is; are we going to have a traditional airport web site for our further passengers or what?

Anyway, here is the chart for the main indicators. The full report can be viewed through slideshows of @wearesocialsg on LinkedIn.


26 February 2016

The people behind SWISS

I was one of them for almost 7 years... first 5 years with the legendary Swissair, which was a unique and priceless experience. Below video is such a nice one brings you to a journey through the successor SWISS. Enjoy it!

19 February 2016

Why Boeing airplane models start with number 7?

I was wondering the real reason for a long time. Why they name them as 7X7?

Forget all stories and conspiracy theories you heard about the model numbering of Boeing airplanes. There is a logical reason which makes sense, at least at the organizational level...

After the World War II, Boeing President William Allen set about on an ambitious restructuring of the company, dividing each new department by three-digit numbers. The 300 and 400 departments continued to focus on the company’s propeller aircraft offerings, while 500 came to denote the part of the company focused on turbine engine development. The 600s were reserved for rocket and missile product. And finally, the burgeoning jet transport aircraft division of the company was assigned the number 700.

As the company prepared its Model 700 jet for commercial sales, Boeing’s marketing department swept in and rightfully suggested that the name didn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Instead, the 700 was renamed the alliterative 707. The 717 followed the pattern, with subsequent decades, bringing with them the 727, 737, 747, and so on up to today’s 787 Dreamliner.

Click here to read the full story and visit the official pages of Boeing about their commercial airplanes.

04 February 2016

The World's Longest Flights

Here is a nice work shows the world's longest flights as of January 2016. Nowadays MEB3 airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, are competing for another title; the world's longest route.

Infographic: The World's Longest Non-Stop Flights | Statista

Qatar Airways is planning to launch Doha - Auckland route (9.034miles/18,5hrs) while Emirates announced Dubai - Panama City link (8.588miles/17,5hrs). On the other hand, Singapore is planning to reinstate its legendary Singapore - New York flight (9.500miles/19hrs) with Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft.

You may visit following links to read a bit more about this new battle; Yahoo Finance, Skift and Statista. I also heard that Turkish Airlines is in search of an aircraft to establish an air link between Istanbul and Australia, the only continent that TK doesn't serve.

My personal limit for a comfortable and healthy flight in economy class is around 6-7hrs. In premium cabins this is around 12hrs. The idea of spending 18-19hrs or even more in a flight where you have limited space makes me nervous.

Have a nice and short flight!