AtlasGlobal, named Atlasjet until 31 March 2015,[1] was a Turkish airline headquartered in Istanbul,[2] which operated scheduled domestic and international passenger services as well as charter flights, mostly out of its base at Istanbul Airport.[3] The airline filed for bankruptcy on February 12, 2020, and ceased operations permanently after that date.[4]

AtlasGlobal logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2001; 20 years ago (2001)
Ceased operationsFebruary 12, 2020; 14 months ago (2020-02-12)
Operating basesIstanbul Airport
Secondary hubsAntalya Airport
Frequent-flyer programAtlasmiles
Fleet size2 (time of closure)
Destinations12 (time of closure)
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
Key people
  • Ali Murat Ersoy (Chairman)
  • Sermed Temizkan (CEO)


Early yearsEdit

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 Ali Murat Ersoy became the President of Board of Directors at Atlasglobal. The company is led by its CEO Sermed Temizkanhad 730 employees (as of 2017).[3]

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.[5][6]

Operational issues and end of operationsEdit

On 26 November 2019, AtlasGlobal announced a temporary suspension of all flights due to a restructuring of the airline. It was further announced that all ticket sales would be suspended until 16 December 2019 with flights planned to resume by 21 December.[7]

On 16 December 2019, Atlasglobal resumed scheduled flight operations, five days ahead of its previously announced return. Throughout the suspension it had maintained charter services, with two A321s serving domestic Turkish destinations as well Tehran and Baghdad. In a statement to the Sabah news agency, Atlasglobal said its revised business plan will see it focus more on charters as opposed to scheduled flights. It did not disclose which routes would be dropped as part of the adjustment.[8]

On 7 January 2020, the airline announced it would be suspending operations again, until 9 February 2020.[9] On 29 January 2020, it has been announced that AtlasGlobal returned their sole two Airbus A330-200s to their lessors.[10] On 12 February 2020, Atlasglobal filed for bankruptcy and halted its operations immediately.[4]


AtlasGlobal Airbus A320-200 wearing an older livery
A former AtlasGlobal Airbus A330-200 at the airline's former home base, Istanbul Atatürk Airport
A former Atlasjet Bombardier CRJ900 which has been retired in 2010
TC-AKM, the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 destroyed in the accident of Atlasjet Flight 4203 in 2007

As of 19 January 2020, before suspending all flights, AtlasGlobal offered scheduled flights (excluding charter flights) to the following destinations:

Country City Airport Notes Refs
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Georgia Tbilisi Tbilisi International Airport
Iran Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport
Iraq Baghdad Baghdad International Airport
Sulaimaniyah Sulaimaniyah International Airport
Armenia Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport [11][12]
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport [13]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Northern Cyprus North Nicosia Ercan International Airport
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport
Istanbul Istanbul Airport Hub
United Kingdom London London Stansted Airport [14]

Historic fleetEdit

Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated:[15]

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319-100
Airbus A320-200
Airbus A330-200
Boeing 737-400
Boeing 757-200
Bombardier CRJ700
Bombardier CRJ900
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 divert the aircraft 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]


  1. ^ "Neue Marke Atlas Global: Atlasjet zeigt globale Ambitionen - aeroTELEGRAPH". 21 March 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Headquarters and Call Center Archived 7 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Atlasjet. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 80.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Rockford's Ryan International Airlines liquidating Archived 15 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine WREX. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  6. ^ Charter Carrier Ryan International Airlines Grounds All Flights, Seeks Liquidation NYC Aviation. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Turkey's AtlasGlobal resumes scheduled passenger operations". 16 December 2019.
  9. ^ "AtlasGlobal to suspend operations again". 19 January 2020.
  10. ^ a b - Turkey's AtlasGlobal suspends A330 operations 29 January 2020
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (1 November 2017). "AtlasGlobal adds Istanbul – Tel Aviv service in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (6 May 2019). "AtlasGlobal adds Antalya – Tel Aviv from May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  13. ^ "AtlasGlobal Continues Middle East Expansion in S16". airlineroute. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  14. ^ "AtlasGlobal resumes London Stansted flights from Oct 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Atlas Jet Fleet - Airfleets aviation". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  16. ^ Atlasjet Flight 1011 Aviation Safety Network.
  17. ^ Atlasjet Flight 4203 Aviation Safety Network.

External linksEdit

  Media related to AtlasGlobal at Wikimedia Commons