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Istanbul, Turkey - Turkey's flag carrier Turkish Airlines carried out a very special flight on April 23, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the country's Grand National Assembly.


The airline drew the world's largest national flag carrier on the sky. The day is also celebrated as theNational Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

A Boeing 777-300ER with registration TC-JJF took off from Ankara on April 23 at 09:40, local time. Representing the date April 23, 1920, The flight was marked as TK1920 as attribution to April 23, 1920, and lasted around two hours. The aircraft followed a route in which the crescent and star symbols in the Turkish flag were drawn.

Aviation enthusiasts followed the flight live on the flight tracking portal  FlighAware. The performance passed into Turkish aviation history. Cpt. Öner Samyel and Cpt. Murat Gülkanat, the pilots of this special flight made the announcement in the sky that was made 100 years ago during the opening of the Grand National Assembly.


In the announcement referring to the statement of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, “Sovereignty unconditionally belongs to the nation”, it was emphasized that Turkish Airlines ensured that his legacy lived on in the skies.

“The inauguration day of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, founded a hundred years ago to represent the will of a nation which went great lengths to ensure its freedom and independence, was gifted to our children by its founder Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as “April 23, National Sovereignty and Children’s Day”, reflecting the confidence in the next generation in the safekeeping of these sacred values. As our country’s national flag carrier, we dedicate today’s exclusive flight to our children, the guardians of our future,”

Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. Ilker Ayci said.



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