AtlasGlobal, named Atlasjet until 31 March 2015, is a Turkish airline headquartered in Istanbul, which operates scheduled domestic and international passenger services as well as charter flights, mostly out of its base at Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
|Operating bases||Istanbul Atatürk Airport|
|Focus cities||Antalya Airport|
|Company slogan||A World Beyond Dreams|
|Key people||Ali Murat Ersoy, Chairman Orhan Coskun, CEO|
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. As of February 1, 2006, Öger's 45% share at Atlasglobal was taken over and Murat Ersoy became the President of Board of Directors at Atlasglobal. The company is led by its CEO Orhan Coşkun had 730 employees (as of 2007).
In August 2012, AtlasGlobal Airlines contracted Ryan International Airlines, a US airline, to operate religious pilgrimage flights to cities such as Medina and Tel Aviv. In January 2013 AtlasGlobal failed to fulfill the payments to Ryan International, which prompted 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.
Atlasjet announced to be renamed into AtlasGlobal by 1 April 2015.
As of January 2018, the AtlasGlobal fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83|
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- 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 Qaeda 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.
- On 30 November 2007, Atlasjet Flight 4203 from Istanbul to Isparta crashed upon approaching Isparta Süleyman Demirel Airport, killing all 50 passengers and 7 crew members on board. The aircraft that operated this flight was wet-leased from World Focus Airlines.
- On 27 July 2017, AtlasGlobal Flight 1010 from Istanbul to Ercan, Northern Cyprus, an Airbus A320 with 121 passengers and 6 crew members suffered severe damage from hailstones. The nose of the aircraft became dented and both windshields became opaque. The pilot diverted back to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and was forced to perform an instrumental landing. The aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries.
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