(Photo: Turkish Airlines)
Home Base and Hubs: Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
Market Area: Flies nonstop from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and Washington, D.C., to Istanbul, with connections to cities throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Alliances and Partners: Star Alliance, plus a few small regional lines.
What's Special: Turkish Airlines earned the "Europe's best airline" moniker with Skytrax, and the ratings are generally high for all classes of service. It offers what is reported as a good business class, an above-average economy class, and an excellent new premium economy (but so far on only a few planes).
Downside: From North America, Turkish Airlines serves destinations that are less popular than those to the west of Istanbul.