Hamdi Topçu, the board chairman of Turkish Airlines, announced his resignation on Monday. Topçu has been serving as the chairman since Jan. 1, 2010. It is reported that İlker Aycı has been appointed as the new board chairman of Turkish Airlines. Aycı has chaired the Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency since January 2011. Meanwhile, the current CEO of Turkish Airlines, Temel Kotil, was named as Vice-Chairman. Turkish Airlines is Turkey's main aircraft carrier and has received numerous awards, including "Europe's Best Airline Company" for four consecutive years. It also received the "Best Structured Finance of the Year" award by engaging in prestigious and innovative finance with a lease method with the option to purchase.