Old May 31, 07, 2:35 am
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Only someone who has almost no clue about Turkey would ever consider in MIDDLE EAST, furthermore I would say that perhaps only 5% of multinationals consider it Middle East when defining their regions. A correction to the above, even the AKP party, the mildly Islamic political party which currently rules the country and which many accuse of having a more secret Islamic agenda would NEVER EVER classify the country as Middle East. To all Turks, from the most religious to the most athiestic, the Arabs are NOT their "relations" and they want little if nothing to do with them, nor have they wanted anything to do with them at any point over the last 500 years or so.

Regarding THY, although I personally do not like the carrier, it is definately NOT a middle eastern carrier, has one of the newest fleets in the world and its fleet is actually bigger than those of most European airlines (i.e. bigger than SAS, LOT, MALEV, ALITALIA, AER LINGUS) and on par with the likes of Iberia sizewise
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