Onur Air

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Onur Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1992; 24 years ago (1992)
Operating bases Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Frequent-flyer program OnAir
Fleet size 25
Destinations 30
Company slogan English: Fly Turkey, fly!
Turkish: Uç Türkiye, uç!
Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey
Key people
  • Şahabettin Bolukçu, CEO
  • Ahmet Ibrahim, Owner
Website onurair.com

Onur[1] 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 Atatürk International Airport in Yeşilköy, Istanbul, Turkey.[2] It operates mostly domestic scheduled services, as well as a wide range of charter flights out of its base at Atatürk Airport.[3]


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.[4] Over the next years, the Onurair fleet grew, so that by the end of 1995, it included nine aircraft.[4] Previously its head office was in Florya, Bakırköy, Istanbul.[5]

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.[4]


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

As of September 2014, Onur Air offered scheduled flights to the following destinations.[6] Note: This list does not include charter flights.







Onur Air Airbus A320-200

As of August 2015, the Onur Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 10 180 2 wet leased from Bulgaria Air[8]
Airbus A321-100 9 220 One leased to Zagrosjet
Airbus A330-200 3 1 250 3 operated for Saudia
Airbus A330-300 4 360 3 operated for Saudia
Total 26 3

Retired fleet[edit]

An Onur Air Airbus A300 shortly after take-off from Düsseldorf Airport in 2002, featuring the former livery.

Onur Air has also operated the following aircraft types:[7][9]

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.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[15]


  1. ^ «Onur» means proud, self-esteem in Turkish.
  2. ^ "Communication." Onur Air. Retrieved 8 June 2014. Map. "Head Office Atatürk Havalimanı B Kapısı Teknik Hangar Yanı 34149 Yeşilköy/İSTANBUL/TÜRKİYE"
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 10 April 2007. p. 59. 
  4. ^ a b c "OnurAir". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Communication" (Archive) Onur Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Head Office Şenlikköy Mah. Çatal Sokak No. 3 34153 Florya – İstanbul/TÜRKİYE." Map.
  6. ^ Onur Air timetable Retrieved 2 October 2013
  7. ^ a b "Onur Air Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Turkey's Onur Air leasing a pair of Bulgarian A320s". ch-aviation. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "ATDB – Major events collected during September 2007". Air Transport Data Bank. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Onur Air runway overshot at Groningen
  11. ^ News Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Terror as pilot tells passengers: this plane's a deathtrap". Mail Online. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Reed Business Information Limited. "Accidents/incidents for 2007". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  14. ^ BabyGirl08x. "aviation-safety.net". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Aviation Herald". Retrieved 10 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Onur Air at Wikimedia Commons