Turkish Airlines: Official airline partner of RBC GranFondo Whistler

A Turkish Airlines jet above clouds.
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Turkish Airlines has announced a new partnership with RBC GranFondo Whistler, the largest Gran Fondo cycling event in North America, becoming Official Airline Partner.

Turkish Airlines has recently joined forces with RBC GranFondo Whistler, a prestigious cycling event that takes place in North America.

As the national flag carrier of Türkiye and an eight-time recipient of the esteemed Skytrax Best European Airline award, Turkish Airlines has once again demonstrated its commitment to excellence by becoming the Official Airline Partner of RBC GranFondo Whistler.

This partnership not only enhances the event’s international appeal but also strengthens Turkish Airlines’ presence on the Pacific West Coast.

2022 RBC GranFondo Vancouver to Whistler, BC. Photo Credit: RBC GranFondo Whistler

Turkish Airlines and RBC GranFondo Whistler

RBC GranFondo Whistler has always been dedicated to expanding its reach and attracting participants from across the globe. With Turkish Airlines stepping in as the Official Airline Partner, this commitment to international engagement has received a significant boost.


This strategic partnership aligns with the event’s vision of becoming a global phenomenon, while also connecting Turkish Airlines to the vibrant and dynamic community of cyclists on the West Coast.

The collaboration between Turkish Airlines and RBC GranFondo Whistler will be evident from the moment participants set foot at the event.

 Turkish Airlines will be present at the highly anticipated VeloSpoke Expo on September 8. As a testament to their enthusiasm for the event, Turkish Airlines will also create a dedicated hosting area within the re-registration tent at the Celebration Plaza finish line festival.

This area will not only offer participants a chance to learn more about Turkish Airlines but will also feature a grand draw prize worth thousands of dollars.

This prize will undoubtedly capture the attention of those who are eager to sign up for the 2024 edition of RBC GranFondo Whistler. Keep an eye out for further details as the event date approaches – September 9, 2023.

From Turkish Airlines’ CMO

Ahmet Olmuştur, the Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines, expressed his delight about this newfound partnership.

“It is a pleasure for us that Turkish Airlines, which has become a permanent supporter of sports with its important investment projects on global scale, is mentioned together as an ‘Official Airline Partner’ with such an important sporting organization in North America,” he said.

Turkish Airlines and RBC GranFondo Whistler are not only united by their passion for excellence but also by their shared commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Turkish Airlines, a prominent player in the aviation industry, has consistently demonstrated its dedication to sustainability through various initiatives.

In April 2023, the airline received the esteemed title of “Most Sustainable Flag Carrier Airline” from World Finance, a respected entity in the international finance domain. This accolade marked the second consecutive year that Turkish Airlines was honored with this recognition.

Towards a Zero Waste Future

RBC GranFondo Whistler has embarked on an ambitious journey to achieve the Project Zero Waste initiative. This undertaking aims to certify the event as Zero Waste, a commendable feat in today’s world.

The project encompasses a range of strategies, including waste management, participant education, mitigation consultation, and collaboration with local environmental organizations.

This initiative reflects the event’s dedication to minimizing its environmental footprint and contributing positively to the community.

Turkish Airlines A321 Sustainability Livery
Turkish Special Livery (Photo: Turkish Airlines)

Turkish Airlines’ Sustainability Efforts

Amid the global climate crisis that poses challenges to the aviation sector, Turkish Airlines has stood out as a leader in sustainability.

The airline’s voluntary carbon offsetting platform, CO2mission, and its utilization of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) underscore its commitment to reducing its carbon impact.

Additionally, Turkish Airlines has implemented in-flight sustainable products, embraced effective waste management practices, and prioritized offering a sustainable travel experience to its passengers.

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