Onur Air

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Onur Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1992; 26 years ago (1992)
Hubs Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Frequent-flyer program OnurExtra
Fleet size 25
Destinations 38
Company slogan English: Fly Smart!
Turkish: Aklın Havayolu!
Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey
Key people
Employees 1650
Website onurair.com

Onur Air (Turkish: Onur Air Taşımacılık AŞ, often styled OnurAir or Onurair) is a low-cost airline with its headquarters in the Technical Hangar B at Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy, Istanbul, Turkey.[1] It operates mostly domestic scheduled services, as well as a wide range of charter flights out of its base at Atatürk Airport.[2]


Onur Air was established on 14 April 1992 and started revenue operations using a wet-leased Airbus A320 with a flight to Ercan in North Cyprus on 14 May of that year.[3] «Onur» means proud, self-esteem in Turkish. Over the next years, the Onurair fleet grew, so that by the end of 1995, it included nine aircraft.[3] Previously its head office was in Florya, Bakırköy, Istanbul.[4]

In 1996, Ten Tour acquired ownership of the airline. By 1997 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin-jet airliners had been added to the fleet. Due to a recession,[specify] Onur Air had to reduce the size of its fleet to 13 in 1998, and then to 9 in 1999. Since then the airline has expanded again.[3]


An Onur Air McDonnell Douglas MD-88 in 2001
An Onur Air Airbus A320 at Istanbul Atatürk Airport in 2011.
An Onur Air Airbus A300 at Istanbul Atatürk Airport in 2008.

Onur Air offers scheduled flights (excluding charter services) to the following destinations.[5]







As of January 2018, the Onur Air fleet consists of an all Airbus fleet of the following aircraft:[11]

Onur Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Y Total
Airbus A320-200[12] 7 180 180
Airbus A321-200[13] 8 1 220 220
Airbus A330-200[14] 10 1 250 250 6 leased to Saudia, 2 stored
Total 25 2

Retired fleet[edit]

A now retired Onur Air Airbus A300 featuring the former livery.

Onur Air has also operated the following aircraft types:[11][15]

Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A300 1996 2013
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 2007 2009
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 2005 2009
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 1997 2011

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 12 May 2005, Onur Air was denied access to Dutch airspace for a month. Several incidents were the cause of the suspension of the airline. Negotiations took place between the Dutch authorities and Onur Air and on 24 May 2005 Onur Air had permission to fly from and to the Netherlands again.[17]
  • On 15 September 2006, the pilot of an Onur Air charter flight from Antalya Airport to Bristol Airport scared his passengers prior to take-off when he refused to fly the aircraft, claiming it was unsafe.[18]
  • On 20 August 2011, an Onur Air pilot forgot to contact Munich Air Traffic Control and engaged the quick reaction air defence of both Germany and Austria to send four Eurofighter Typhoons to intercept the company's A321.[21]


  1. ^ "Communication." Onur Air. Retrieved 8 June 2014. Map. "Head Office Atatürk Havalimanı B Kapısı Teknik Hangar Yanı 34149 Yeşilköy/İSTANBUL/TÜRKİYE"
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 10 April 2007. p. 59. 
  3. ^ a b c "OnurAir". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Communication" (Archive) Onur Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Head Office Şenlikköy Mah. Çatal Sokak No. 3 34153 Florya – İstanbul/TÜRKİYE." Map.
  5. ^ Onur Air timetable Retrieved 2 October 2013
  6. ^ http://www.aviationiran.com/2016/03/27/isfahan-sees-increased-international-flights/
  7. ^ Nazarli, Amina (7 June 2017). "Trabzon-Baku direct flight opens". AzerNews.az. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Onur Air Plans Izmir – Nuremberg Service in S16". airlineroute. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d Liu, Jim (2 March 2017). "Onur Air plans Russia expansions in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Onur Air adds Istanbul – Rostov service in 1Q18". 
  11. ^ a b https://m.planespotters.net/airline/Onur-Air
  12. ^ https://m.planespotters.net/production-list/search?fleet=Onur-Air&manufacturer=Airbus&type=A320&fleetStatus=current
  13. ^ https://m.planespotters.net/production-list/search?fleet=Onur-Air&manufacturer=Airbus&type=A321&fleetStatus=current
  14. ^ https://m.planespotters.net/production-list/search?fleet=Onur-Air&manufacturer=Airbus&type=A330&fleetStatus=current
  15. ^ "ATDB – Major events collected during September 2007". Air Transport Data Bank. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Onur Air runway overshot at Groningen Archived 4 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ News Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Terror as pilot tells passengers: this plane's a deathtrap". Mail Online. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  19. ^ Reed Business Information Limited. "Accidents/incidents for 2007". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  20. ^ BabyGirl08x. "aviation-safety.net". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "The Aviation Herald". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Onur Air at Wikimedia Commons