Istanbul - Turkish Airlines plans to launch a new route to Mexico City. It will become the 231st international destination of the Turkish flag carrier, strengthening its status as a company with the largest international network.

It would be the first non-stop route between Mexico City and Istanbul. However, the airline stated that the flight could make a stop at the Cancun International Airport. Turkish Airlines offers intermediate stops on several long-haul routes in the Americas and the Caribbean.

The airline serves, for instance, Caracas via Havana and Panama via Bogota. It should be noted that the Turkish has already a large presence in Latin America, particularly in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Cuba.

Tahsin Timur Söylemez, who has been the ambassador of Turkey in Mexico since August 2017, says that no specific date decided for launching the new route yet, but it would take place in about three months.

From 2019, the flights should be operated by the 787-9 Dreamliners of Turkish operator configured to accommodate 300 passengers (30 in Business class and 270 in Economy class), of which Turkish Airlines ordered 25 copies last March, deliverable between 2019 and 2022.

Since October 3, Turkish Cargo, a freight subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, provides services between the Mexican capital and Istanbul. The flights are operated with the 777-F on two different routes - the first includes Istanbul, Mexico, Madrid, Bogota, Curacao and Maastricht and the second, Mexico City, Madrid, Istanbul, and Houston.

Mexico City is the 85th global destination of Turkish Cargo, the 19th in America and the 8th in Latin America.