World's largest amateur golf tournament takes off with Turkish Airlines

The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, the world's largest corporate golf tournament, will be played in Riga at Ozo Golf Club, 27th July 2019.

With a fleet of 333 aircraft, no-one flies to more than the 306 destinations in 124 countries around the world served by Turkish Airlines, who carried over 75 million passengers in 2018, a record for the Star Alliance member airline.

The newly-opened Istanbul Airport hub will become the new home of Turkish Airlines, at the center of global aviation. Set for completion in 2028, the mega project will include six runways and four terminals with the capacity to serve up to 200 million passengers annually, delivering a streamlined travel experience.

It comes as little surprise then that the world's finest airline also serves up the very best for its clients on the fairways as well as the runways – all with the genuine Turkish hospitality famous around the world. Business Class travellers are treated to luxury as standard with excellent meals served by onboard Flying Chefs, the best of inflight entertainment with noise cancelling headphones, and exclusive lounges at Istanbul Airport.

Business and golf are a natural fit and no-one combines the two as well as Turkish Airlines, with their backing of the European Tour tournament Turkish Airlines Open and the Challenge Tour's Turkish Airlines Challenge.

Golf is so entrenched in the Turkish Airlines philosophy that customers' clubs even fly for free and players can look forward to another unforgettable Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, which is now in its seventh year, sponsored by National Car Rental & SOCAR.

Last year's tournaments broke records once again with 100 qualifying events taking place around the world, including past Open Championship venue Royal Birkdale and Ryder Cup destinations Gleneagles and the K Club in Dublin.

Winners reach the Grand Finals in Turkey and the champions in the Finals secure places in the Turkish Airlines Open Pro-Am, where previous winners have played alongside Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

Mr. Harun Kose, General Manager of Turkish Airlines Riga said: "We are thrilled to be back in Riga with the TAWGC and a new group of golfers as our event has become a highlight on the region's calendar over the past 7 years. We are proud that this competition has grown in parallel with the world class Turkish Airlines brand. Good luck to the players, we look forward to inviting the winner to represent Riga in the Grand Finals in Turkey later this year."

Mr. Harun Kose added: "Flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines supports some of the world's most successful sportspeople and organisations bridging cultures and continents. Alongside TAWGC, Turkish Airlines is title sponsor of Turkish Airlines Euroleague, Europe's top club level basketball competition and is committed to supporting the best sporting competitions around the world."

About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 333 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 306 worldwide destinations as 257 international and 49 domestic, in 124 countries. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website www.turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,800 daily flights to 1,317 airports in 193 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.

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