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SAP AG today announced that Turkish Airlines has completed the first phase of its large-scale implementation of SAP software . One of the most prestigious air carriers worldwide, Turkish Airlines selected the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application SAP ERP to increase operational efficiency and to gain momentum for global business processes.

Processes and functions in non-operational procurement, sales, inventory, and equipment and installation maintenance have been migrated into the ERP system. Finance and controlling solutions are now live and accessible to Turkish Airlines employees. The ERP implementation was delivered by an international team of approximately 250 people — 150 Turkish Airlines employees and more than 100 SAP consultants from 10 countries, including Turkey, South Africa, India, Germany and Italy. Turkish Airlines employees using SAP solutions will benefit from the advantages that integrated IT processes offer, and management will have greater insight into the business to make quick and well-informed decisions.

“With this step, we made a significant progress on our journey to operational excellence,” said Temel Kotil, CEO, Turkish Airlines. “We will keep moving toward this target with the next phases of the project.”

The second phase of Turkish Airline’s SAP implementation will focus on human resources (HR) processes, and is planned for January 2013. The project cycle is targeted to be completed by the end of 2013, with execution of operational procurement, network profitability, long-term planning, e-recruitment and performance management.