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AtlasJet

Atlasjet Airlines
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IATA
KK
ICAO
KKK
Callsign
ATLASJET
Founded 2001
Operating bases Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Fleet size 15
Destinations 17 excl. charter flights
Parent company ETS
Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey
Key people Orhan Coskun (CEO)
Website www.atlasjet.com



Atlasjet (Turkish: Atlasjet Havacılık A.Ş.) is an airline headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey,[1] which operates scheduled domestic and international passenger services as well as charter flights, mostly out of its base at Istanbul Atatürk Airport.[2]

History

The airline was established on 14 March 2001 and started operations on 1 June 2001. Formerly known as Atlasjet International Airlines, it was set up as a subsidiary of Öger Holdings. In 2004 ETS Group acquired a 45% stake, which was increased to 90% in February 2006 following the taking over of Öger's 45% holding. The company is led by its CEO Orhan Coşkun had 730 employees (as of 2007).[2]

In August 2012, Atlastjet Airlines contracted Ryan International Airlines, a US airline, to operate religious pilgrimage flights to cities such as Medina and Tel Aviv. In January 2013 Atlasjet failed to fulfill the payments to Ryan International, which propted the termination of the co-operation without advance notice. Ryan International Airlines, already in a bankruptcy reorganization process, was not able to recover from the loss and therefore faced impending financial difficulties, which led to its liquidation.[3][4]

Destinations

As of February 2013, Atlasjet offers schdeuled flights to the following destinations.[5] Note: This list does not include charter flights.

City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Adana  Turkey ADA LTAF Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Antalya  Turkey AYT LTAI Antalya Airport
Bodrum  Turkey BJV LTFE Milas-Bodrum Airport
Dalaman  Turkey DLM LTBS Dalaman Airport
Erbil  Iraq EBL ORER Erbil International Airport
Gaziantep  Turkey GZT LTAJ Oğuzeli Airport
Istanbul  Turkey IST LTBA Atatürk International Airport (base)
Istanbul  Turkey SAW LTFJ Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
İzmir  Turkey ADB LTBJ Adnan Menderes Airport
Kars  Turkey KSY LTCF Kars Airport
Kayseri  Turkey ASR LTAU Erkilet International Airport
North Nicosia  Northern Cyprus ECN LCEN Ercan International Airport
Simferopol[6]  Ukraine SIP UKFF Simferopol International Airport
Sulaymaniah  Iraq ISU ORSU Sulaimaniyah International Airport
Tehran  Iran IKA OIIE Imam Khomeini International Airport
Tbilisi[7]  Georgia TBS UGTB Tbilisi International Airport
Van  Turkey VAN LTCI Van Ferit Melen Airport
Yerevan  Armenia EVN UDYZ Zvartnots International Airport

Fleet

Current

As of August 2013, the Atlasjet fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 12.9 years:[8][9]

Atlasjet Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Number Layout B E Total
Airbus A319-100 1 8 126 134
Airbus A320-200 3 8 150 158
Airbus A321-200 11 5 8 192 200
2 202 202
3 210 210
1 211 211
Bombardier CS300 15[10]
Total 15 15

Fleet development

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:[11]


Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319
2005
Airbus A320
2004
Airbus A321-200
2004
Airbus A330-200
2009
2012
Boeing 737-400
2004
2010
2005
2011
Boeing 757-200
2001
2012
Bombardier CRJ700
2005
2007
Bombardier CRJ900
2006
2010
McDonnell Douglas MD-83
2007
2007

Incidents and accidents

  • On 18 August 2007, Atlasjet Flight 1011 from Ercan, Northern Cyprus to Istanbul, Turkey, which was operated by a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (registered TC-AKN), was hijacked by two passengers shortly after take-off. The perpetrators claimed to be members of Al Quaeda carrying explosives, and demanded the pilots to divert to Tehran, Iran. Instead, the aircraft landed at Antalya Airport in Turkey at 08:15 local time, officially in order to refuel. Negotiations with the local authorities began, during which all females and children on board were allowed to leave. A ruckus occurred when other passengers and crew tried to flee during which the hijackers surrendered. There were no notable injuries among the 138 other passengers and 5 crew members on board.[12]

References

External links

  • Official website
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