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ISTANBUL – “Turkish Airlines” is not supposed to change its Turkish name “Türk Hava Yollari” after all. However, the name of the English company will be dropped as announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This step does not only affect the national fleet – “Turkish Airlines” will soon be a thing of the past also on long-haul aircraft.

Erdogan said on Wednesday, “Our national airline will no longer operate its international flights as ‘Turkish Airlines’ but as ‘Turk Hava Yollari’.”

In doing so, he corrected a much-discussed statement from the previous day that the airline would be called “Turkiye Hava Yollari” going forward. Maybe it was a slip.

In Turkish, the airline is already known as “Turk Hava Yollari”. Tuesday’s announcement that “Türk” would have been replaced by “Türkiye” was met with great misunderstanding by Turkish-speaking Internet users. “Turk” is translated by the Turkish adjective, “Türkiye” the name of the Turkish country.

The announcement came nearly two weeks after Turkey called on the United Nations and other international organizations to refrain from using the English term “Turkey” and call the country “Türkiye”.

Ankara’s rulers had been struggling for a long time, especially with the English translation of the country’s name – partly because English “turkey” can also mean “turkey”. However, observers also see the proceedings as an attempt to win votes in the nationalist camp.

© dpa-AFX | Illustration: Airbus | 06/16/2022 15:31



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Published on 06/16/2022 – 23:47

It’s called Yollaro! “Yollari” is the second future of sunrise.

Publication of June 16, 2022 – 6:55 p.m.

It’s true, he should have searched on Google before the “Streisand Effect” campaign…

Message of June 16, 2022 – 6:07 p.m.

In all my life, I have never thought of Turkey when referring to Turkey when referring to the English “Turkey”. Thanks to the esteemed Mr. Erdogan now… And like me, there are many of them! In football, that would be called a classic own goal!


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