Atlasjet

Infobox_Airline
airline = Atlasjet

logo_size = 150px
fleet_size = 13
destinations = 28
IATA = KK
ICAO = KKK
callsign = ATLASJET
parent = ETS
founded = 2001
headquarters = Istanbul, Turkey
key_people = Orhan Coskun (CEO)
website = http://www.atlasjet.com/en

Atlasjet Havacılık A.Ş. is an airline based in Istanbul, Turkey. It operates domestic scheduled passenger services and regular charter flights to Europe, Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates. It serves Germany on behalf of Öger Tours. Its main base is Atatürk International Airport, Istanbul, with hubs at Adnan Menderes Airport, İzmir and Antalya Airport.cite news | title= Directory: World Airlines | work= Flight International | page= 80 | date= 2007-03-27]

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, increased in February 2006 to 90% when it acquired Öger's 45% holding. It is now owned by ETS Group (90%) and Tuncay Doganer (Vice-President and Chief Executive) (10%) and has 730 employees.

ervices

Atlasjet operates the following services (at September 2008): [ [http://www.atlasjet.com/en/ucus_noktalari.asp Atlasjet destinations] ]
*Domestic scheduled destinations:
**Adana
**Ankara
**Antalya
**Bodrum
**Çanakkale
**Dalaman
**Edremit
**Isparta
**İstanbul
**İzmir
**Siirt
**Tokat
**Trabzon
**Uşak

*International charter destinations:
**Armenia: Yerevan
**Bulgaria: Sofia
**Egypt: Hurghada, Sharm El Sheik
**Finland: Helsinki, Oulu
**Greece: Mykonos
**Iraq: Erbil
**Kosovo: Pristina
**Norway: Oslo
**Serbia: Niš
**Sweden: Stockholm

Incidents and accidents

*On 7 February 2005, an Atlasjet Airbus A320 skidded off the runway after landing at Atatürk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey, in snowy conditions. There were no fatalities among the 6 crew and 164 passengers. [Flight International, July 2005]

*On 18 August 2007, an Atlasjet airplane traveling from Northern Cyprus to Istanbul was hijacked. The hijackers landed it in Antalya, a Turkish province on the Mediterranean coast, Turkish channel NTV Turkey reported. The hijackers claimed to be al-Qaida members and that only the crew was left on board the jet. There were 136 passengers and six crew aboard when the plane left Ercan Airport in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in Northern Cyprus. The two hijackers surrendered after holding several people hostage for more than four hours. They were identified as Mehmet Resat Ozlu, a Turk, and Abdul Aziz Maliki, who was believed to be a Palestinian carrying a Syrian passport. According to Turkish Transport Minister Osman Gunes, the hijackers "apologized to the Turkish nation" for seizing the plane.

*On 30 November 2007, Atlasjet Flight 4203, an MD-83 with 49 passengers and 7 crew aboard crashed with no survivors near Keçiborlu, Isparta in south-western Turkey.

Fleet

The Atlasjet fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 17 July 2008): [ [http://www.atlasjet.com/en/hakk_filomuz.asp Atlasjet Fleet] ]

*1 Airbus A321-231
*2 Airbus A319-132
*2 Airbus A320-232
*2 Airbus A320-233
*3 Boeing 757-200 (one aircraft is operated for Saudi Arabian Airlines)
*3 Bombardier CRJ-900ER

As of 17 July 2008, the average age of the Atlasjet fleet is 7.3 years ( [http://www.airfleets.net/ageflotte/Atlas%20Jet.htm] ).

Aircraft orders

Atlasjet has indicated an interest in the 100-seat Bombardier CRJ-1000 which is now launched, the stretched version of the Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet.

References

External links

* [http://www.atlasjet.com/ Atlasjet]
* [http://www.famagusta-gazette.com/link.asp?twindow=Default&smenu=106&sdetail=608&mad=No&wpage=&skeyword=&sidate= Atlasjet Crash report]


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