Turkish Airlines Sponsors 41st Annual Empire State Building Run-Up

  • 02-09-2018 08:02 PM

Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, was the proud title sponsor of the 41st annual Empire State Building Run-Up held on February 7, 2018 in New York City.

Participants from around the globe raced up 1,576 steps to the top of New York City’s most iconic building. Australian Suzy Walsham reached the top in 12 minutes and 56 seconds, coming in first place for women for the sixth consecutive year. Colombian Frank Nicolas Carreno won the men's race in 10 minutes and 50 seconds.

Turkish Airlines’ New York General Manager Cenk Ocal and President & COO of Empire State Realty Trust John Kessler celebrate Suzy Walsham as she crosses the finish line in first place for women.

Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, has a New York office in the Empire State Building, with its global headquarters based in Istanbul. The airline held its own race heat with key Turkish Airlines executives, VIPs, media, celebrities and athletes. Dr. Mehmet Oz, Turkish Airlines’ brand ambassador, came to support the runners and share his latest news on the “Five Senses” campaign in partnership with Turkish Airlines.

Dr. Oz with Empire State Building Run-Up finishers.

The race drew athletes and celebrities from around the world to raise awareness for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), this year’s official charity. CAF provides access and tools to people with physical challenges to help them lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Dr. Oz with Empire State Building Run-Up finishers.

Turkish Airlines’ New York General Manager Cenk Ocal presents the first three female and male contestants with Turkish Airlines’ Business Class tickets.

“It was an honor to support an event that promotes competition, sportsmanship and access to a healthy lifestyle for all,” said Mr. Cenk Ocal, New York General Manager of Turkish Airlines. “The Empire State Building Run-Up embodies our core values and our shared commitment to continue bridging communities together through a common passion, whether it’s sports and running or traveling and exploration. As Turkish Airlines, we thank the Empire State Realty Trust and everyone involved for putting together such a magnificent and successful event.”

The race was followed by a special function at the STATE Grill and Bar to celebrate all runners. Turkish Airlines’ representatives hosted a Miles & Smiles Frequent Flyer table where race participants and event attendees could enroll in the airline’s robust frequent flier program.

Dr. Oz and the Turkish Airlines team at the post- race celebrations.

The Empire State Building was colored with red and white lights to symbolize the colors of Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey.

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About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 330 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 300 destinations worldwide with 251 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2017 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines, already having a six consecutive years of “Best Airline in Europe” award between 2011-2016, now chosen as the "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the ninth consecutive times. Having won the "Best Economy Class Onboard Catering" award in 2010, Turkish Airlines also awarded as the World’s "Best Business Class Onboard Catering” in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and 2017. Winning the “World’s Best Business Class Lounge” award in 2015 and 2017, the global carrier also picked up the World’s “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” award for the third consecutive years according to this year’s survey results. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website www.turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, and Instagram

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,450 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 190 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partner, Juneyao Airlines.