When Turkish Airlines accepted an invitation to join Star Alliance last December, the parties made a point of highlighting commercial aviation's considerable potential on the Anatolian peninsula. They stressed that a growing and more internationally integrated economy, an influx of new entrants that followed deregulation and a population of approximately 70 million, of whom just about 5% fly, have put the industry there on the cusp of a boom. That message appears to have resonated 2,800 mi. ...

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