People: Turk Hava Yollari AO (THYAO.IS)
15 Sep 2019
Mr. Aykut Alpa has served as Chief Flight Operations Officer of Turkish Airlines Inc. since May 25, 2018. He started both pilot and aircraft technician training at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in September, 1981. He received his FAA Airframe & Powerplant license in Jun, 1985 and FAA/CPL/IR license in September, 1986. He graduated in December of 1986 with degrees in Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology, Associates in Science in Aviation Science and Associates in Science in Aircraft Maintenance. Upon graduation from Embry-Riddle, he was also qualified in the fields of aircraft dispatch and air traffic control. Between 1982 and 1987 years, he practiced internships in different fields of aviation industry such as cargo, security, operations, passenger services and dispatch. He began his professional career in 1987 as Aircraft Technician (D, C, B, A and line maintenance respectively) at Pan American World Airways and was promoted to the position of MCC (Maintenance Control Center) Duty Manager in 1990. In January 1993, he was assigned as the Regional Technical Manager and Flight Engineer on the B747 aircraft type with Evergreen International Airlines in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. He began Turkish Airlines in December, 1995 as First Officer on B737-400 fleet. He worked as First Officer on B737-800 and A330-340 fleets respectively. In April 2005, he appointed A320 Commander. He was appointed as Commander on B777 fleet in November, 2009.
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