We wish to quickly share an important piece of info we have just learned. Turkish Airlines (THY) is launching direct flights between Istanbul and SanFrancisco by 13th of April 2015. The departure from Istanbul is scheduled to be at 01:05PM Turkish time, and the one from SF will depart at 06:10PM (PDT).
THY had previously announced that it will start flying between Istanbul and SF but never hinted when.
Shortly after the unconfirmed info we have got, the website of Turkish Airlines has started to list direct SF flights starting by 13 April 2015 (see below).
I recall the fireside chat with Aydın Şenkut, the founder of Felicis Ventures, held during Webrazzi Summit 2012, where we discussed the importance of having direct flights between two cities. So I believe the news is pretty exciting for the internet sector in Turkey as well as for the industry in neighbouring MENA region.