Atlasjet Havacilik A.Ş., short Atlasjet, is a Turkish airline based in Istanbul.
Atlasjet was founded on 14 March 2001 as a 100 percent subsidiary of Oger holding company named Atlasjet International Airways and started operations on 1 June 2001. In April 2004, the Turkish tourism group ETS took over 45% of Atlasjet International Airways. On 31 January 2006, the Oger Group has its remaining 45 % stake sold completely to ETS.
In November 2011 Atlasjet signed a letter of intent to the order of ten Bombardier CS300.
On October 2, 2013, the airline " Zagrosjet " was opened in the autonomous region of Kurdistan / Iraq and is operated by Atlasjet. It will be served among other Turkish targets, but also destinations such as Amman, Beirut and Stockholm. The airline operates a A321 -200 with the same color of Atlasjet, but has the inscription " Zagrosjet ".
In Germany Atlasjet flies among others, the Hannover Airport, Cologne / Bonn, Friedrichshafen, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Dresden. However, there is not a regulated line traffic. The airports are served during the holiday season and so connect the cities with the objectives of Istanbul and Antalya. International also the airports of Barcelona, Milan, London and Tel Aviv are served.
As of July 2013, the fleet consists of 15 planes Atlasjet with a mean age of 12.5 years:
- On August 18, 2007, an MD -83 was hijacked during a flight from Cyprus to Istanbul in 1011. The pilots declared the two hijackers that they would stop over for refueling in Antalya. The hijackers entered into an agreement with the Turkish authorities, whereupon the women and children were released. The lack of an overview of the kidnappers during the release, however, was also used by most of the other passengers and the pilot to escape from the machine. With only a few remaining hostages the kidnappers eventually gave up. The used by the kidnappers to the threat " Explosive " turned out to be a harmless clay out.
- On November 30, 2007, coming from Istanbul MD -83 crashed on the flight 4203 on approach to the location in southwest Turkey Isparta city from. It came all 57 occupants, 50 passengers and 7 crew members were killed.