Ilker Ayci


Ilker Ayci is the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD) of Air India. He was until very recently the chairman of Turkish Airlines. Prior to this, he was on the board of directors of the company.

Personal details

Born: 1971 (age 51 years), İstanbul, Turkey
Spouse: Tuğçe Saatman Aycı (Age 34 years married in 2018)
Siblings: Ümit Aycı
Education: Marmara University (1997), Bilkent University (1994)

Ilker Ayci & his wife -Tuğçe Saatman Aycı

Education & Career

– After a research stay in political science at the Leeds University in the UK in 1995, he completed a Master’s program in International Relations at the Marmara University in Istanbul in 1997.

– Ayci led Turkey’s flag carrier for six years from 2015. Turkish Airlines struggled during the first year of the pandemic as air travel slumped but recovered by reducing staff costs and taking advantage of a booming freight business.

– Under Ayci’s management, Turkish Airlines moved to its new hub in Istanbul, which is set to be the world’s largest airport when fully completed in 2023.

– Ayci will assume his responsibilities on or before 1 April 2022.