After the renaming of Turkey at the UN, the country also wants to enforce the Turkish name of the national airline. “From now on we will no longer write ‘Turkish Airlines’ on our planes, but ‘Turk Hava Yollari’,” said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. The name is already the common name of the partly state-owned company in Turkey.

Almost two weeks ago, Turkey asked the United Nations and other international organizations to refrain from using the English term “Turkey” in the future and to call the country “Türkiye”. “There is no longer ‘Turkey’, only ‘Türkiye’,” said Erdogan.

The leadership in Ankara had been struggling for a long time, especially with the English translation of the country’s name – partly because the English “turkey” can also mean “turkey”. However, observers also see the procedure as an attempt to win votes in the nationalist camp.