Turkish Airlines Announces World Record Attempt to Build Tallest Sandcastle

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Turkish Airlines launched nonstop service from Miami International Airport to Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Sunday, October 25. As a launch promotion, Turkish Airlines engaged 7-time GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record holder The Sand Sculpture Company and its owner Ted Siebert to build the tallest sandcastle in the world. The sandcastle is located at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Florida, USA. Watch below the time lapse video of the sandcastle.

Structure will highlight some of the Carrier’s most popular worldwide destinations.


WHAT: A B-roll, photo opp showing the early stages of construction of the sand castle and the team of 12 sculptors at work.


Interviews with Sand Sculptor Ted Siebert and Turkish Airlines General Manager of Miami Celal Baykal.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – 10 a.m.


WHERE: Historic Virginia Key Beach

4020 Virginia Beach Drive

Key Biscayne, Florida 33149


WHY: The world record attempt highlights Turkish Airlines inaugural service from Miami to its hub in Istanbul beginning October 25.  The new service will significantly enhance the connectivity to the world for South Floridians allowing them one-stop access to over 270 destinations, including emerging markets in Europe and Asia.



  • Alongside a team of 12 sculptors, 7-time record holder Ted Siebert will oversee development.
  • The current world record stands at 41 ft. 3.67 ins. and was achieved in Brazil in Nov. 2014
  • The sculpture will require more than 1,800 tons of sand and take approximately 3 weeks to complete.
  • The work of art is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, with the estimated date of completion being October 24.
  • The sculpture is expected to remain standing for 3 weeks or more after its completion.




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 296 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 277 destinations worldwide with 229 international and 48 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2015, Turkish Airlines was chosen “Europe’s Best Airline” for the fifth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and in 2014 “Best Business Catering Service” awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world’s “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and “Best Business Airline Lounge”  prizes in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.


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, 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. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.




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