Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, said on June 14, 2022, that Turkish Airlines, the country’s well-known national carrier that has been in operation since 1933, will change the livery of its aircraft to its native name, Türkiye Havayollar.
“We have taken a symbolic step by changing Turkey’s name in the international sphere to ‘Türkiye’. From now on the fuselage of our planes will be marked not as Turkish Airlines but as Türkiye Havayollari,” Erdogan said during a speech at the commissioning ceremony of the Türksat 5B satellite.
The new modification is a part of Turkey’s initiative to restrict the international usage of the country’s name to Turkish. Following a request from the government of the nation, the UN changed Turkey’s name from Turkey to Türkiye in June 2022.