Turkish Airlines’ first direct flight from Istanbul to San Francisco took place yesterday. Previously the only way to fly between the two cities was through a layover airport.
This direct flight reduces the time to get between Istanbul and the world’s leading tech ecosystem from between 15 and 25 hours depending on your layover to 13 hours. It also saves travelers a sleepy walk through a random intermediary airport.
Beyond making it easier for existing passengers to travel between Istanbul and San Francisco, hopefully this direct flight will encourage new passengers to embark on the route. And this will further the transfer of knowledge and relationships across the two cities.
Update: After I wrote this post, I came across this funny video by Turkish Airlines to promote the new flight.