The airline was established by Mehmet Nazif Gunal in 1997 and started operations on 30 November 1997. Transatlantic services began in 1998 with a flight from Frankfurt to Toronto, followed by scheduled services to the USA on 8 November 1998. In mid-2002 passenger operations were added. In 2005 MNG won an award from Airbus for 100% reliability on the 30 year old Airbus A300. On February 6, 2006 MNG ceased all passenger flights. Only cargo flights are being continued.