Turkish Airlines marked the beginning of its first nonstop service from Logan International Airport to Istanbul with a Logan ceremony that featured a ribbon-cutting, a gift exchange, and a water salute display.
The 10½-hour flight will initially be offered five days a week — on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. After June 10, flights from Boston to Istanbul will operate on a daily basis, said the Massachusetts Port Authority, the agency that operates Logan.
Turkish Airlines will use a 289-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft for the Boston-Istanbul route.
From Istanbul, travelers can connect to 248 destinations including cities in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, said Turkish Airlines, which added that Boston will be its sixth US “gateway.”
Other US cities that serve as gateways for the airline include New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
A statement from Governor Deval Patrick said the new service will “drive tourism, job growth, and catalyze international investment” while helping the state sharpen its competitiveness in a global economy.