Bloomberg article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-...ssible-after-turkish-merger-talks-report.html While it's just a rumor, merger discussions are not being denied by either Turkish or Lufthansa, and Germany and Turkey have strong economic ties. TK & LH already operate a JV. TK has a solid product. Maybe it would bring widebodies to the FRA-IST route which would be nice. LH supervising the technical operations would be an added plus. If the IST-USA flights are added to ATI JV, it would mean more code-sharing and more flight options.