Onur Air

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Onur Air
Founded 1992; 23 years ago (1992)
Operating bases Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Frequent-flyer program OnAir
Fleet size 23
Destinations 21 excl. charter flights
Company slogan English: Fly Turkey, fly!
Turkish: Uç Türkiye, uç!
Headquarters Atatürk International Airport
Istanbul, Turkey
Key people Şahabettin Bolukçu (CEO) Ahmet Ibrahim (Owner)
Website www.onurair.com

Onur[1] Air (Turkish: Onur Air Taşımacılık AŞ, often styled OnurAir or Onurair) is an 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]


An Onur Air Airbus A320 at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (2011).
An Onur Air Airbus A300 at Istanbul Atatürk Airport (2008).

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]

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]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Previously its head office was in Florya, Bakırköy district, Istanbul.[5]


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

City Country Airport
Adana  Turkey Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Amsterdam  Netherlands Schiphol
Antalya  Turkey Antalya Airport
Batman  Turkey Batman Airport (seasonal)
Bodrum  Turkey Milas-Bodrum Airport (seasonal)
Dalaman  Turkey Dalaman Airport (seasonal)
Diyarbakır  Turkey Diyarbakır Airport
Elâzığ  Turkey Elazığ Airport
Erzincan  Turkey Erzincan Airport
Erzurum  Turkey Erzurum Airport
Gaziantep  Turkey Oğuzeli Airport
Istanbul  Turkey Istanbul Atatürk Airport (hub)
Izmir  Turkey Adnan Menderes Airport
Kayseri  Turkey Erkilet International Airport
Pristina  Kosovo Pristina International Airport
Malatya  Turkey Malatya Erhaç Airport
Nicosia  Northern Cyprus Ercan International Airport
Odessa  Ukraine Odessa International Airport
Samsun  Turkey Samsun-Çarşamba Airport
Şanlıurfa  Turkey Şanlıurfa GAP Airport
Sivas  Turkey Sivas Airport (seasonal)
Trabzon  Turkey Trabzon Airport
Düsseldorf  Germany Düsseldorf Airport
Frankfurt  Germany Frankfurt Airport
Stuttgart  Germany Stuttgart Airport


An Onur Air Airbus A321 at Hamburg Airport (2006).


As of April 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 Saudia
Airbus A330-300 4 360 Wet leased to Saudia
Airbus A350-900 0 2 TBA
Total 23 2

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 May 24, 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: History
  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. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/36193-turkeys-onur-air-leasing-a-pair-of-bulgarian-a320s
  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[dead link]
  12. ^ Daily Mail Article on Onur Air pilot refusing to take-off
  13. ^ Onur Air cargo hold accident
  14. ^ Onur Air depressurizing incident
  15. ^ Onur A321 near Munich on Aug 20th 2011, losscomm prompts intercept

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