Onur Air

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Onur Air
Onur Air logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedApril 14, 1992
Frequent-flyer programOnurExtra
Fleet size26
Destinations10 (scheduled)
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
Key people
Employees1.000 - 5.000

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.[2] It operates mostly domestic scheduled services, as well as a wide range of charter flights out of its base at Istanbul Airport.[3] Its aircraft and crews also operate for its partly owned leisure subsidiary Holiday Europe.[1]


An Onur Air McDonnell Douglas MD-88 in 2001

Onur Air was established on April 14, 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] "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.[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 nine in 1999. Since then the airline has expanded again.[4]

In May 2005 the airline was withdrawn from the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt, as serious defects on the Onur Air aircraft had been discovered. As a counter-reaction, Turkey then withdrew the German airlines' landing permits. After protests by the Foreign Office, the entry ban for German aircraft was lifted again. On May 14, the airline's entry permit was withdrawn by the Swiss and French aviation safety authorities. Up until then, Onur Air had been awarded a total of nine certificates by Airbus and Boeing for their maintenance procedures. In the period from July 4 to 6, 2005, the review of the airline was provisionally concluded with a so-called "final meeting" at the home airport of Onur Air in Antalya, in accordance with the requirements from the re-issue of the entry permit.

As of April 6, 2019 all of Onur Air's flights from their former base at Atatürk Airport had been relocated to the new Istanbul Airport.[6]

In August 2019, Onur Air established a new, partly-owned subsidiary named Holiday Europe for leisure flights between Europe and destinations around the Mediterranean. Onur Air provides aircraft and crews for the new brand.[1]


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.[7]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Germany Berlin Berlin Tegel Airport Seasonal
Cologne/Bonn Cologne Bonn Airport
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport
North Macedonia Ohrid Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle Airport Seasonal
Russia Anapa Anapa Airport [8]
Turkey Antalya Antalya Airport Focus city
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport Seasonal
Istanbul Istanbul Airport Hub
Trabzon Trabzon Airport
Ukraine Odessa Odesa International Airport


Current Fleet[edit]

As of August 2019, the Onur Air fleet consists of an all Airbus fleet of the following aircraft:[9]

Onur Air fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 8 180
Airbus A321-100 2 210
Airbus A321-200 3 220
Airbus A321neo 2 219
Airbus A330-200 10 1 300
Airbus A330-300 1 2 311
Total 26 3
  • Airbus A330: TC-OCI, TC-OCJ, TC-OCK, TC-OCM, TC-OCN, TC-OCO leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Airbus A321neo: TC-OEE leased to Holiday Europe

Former fleet[edit]

A now retired Onur Air Airbus A300 featuring the former livery

Onur Air has also operated the following aircraft types:[9][10]

Onur Air former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A300B2 2 2001 2006
Airbus A300B4 5 1997 2006
Airbus A300-600R 8 2001 2013
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 2007 2009 Leased from Best Air
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 4 2005 2010
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 7 1997 2011

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 17 June 2003, Onur Air Flight 2263, a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 (registration TC-ONP) overshot the runway at Groningen Airport Eelde following an aborted take-off. There were no injuries, but the airline was accused of security breaches.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • On 1 January 2007, the cargo hold of a McDonnell Douglas MD-88 aircraft burst open upon landing at Atatürk International Airport, spilling luggage onto the runway.[13]
  • On 7 September 2007, an Airbus A321 aircraft lost cabin pressure on a charter flight from Dalaman Airport to Birmingham Airport, resulting in an emergency landing at Atatürk International Airport. Passenger reports included a smoking engine and broken down oxygen masks.[14]
  • On 20 August 2011, an Onur Air pilot forgot to contact Munich Air Traffic Control and caused the quick reaction air defence of both Germany and Austria to send four Eurofighter Typhoons to intercept the company's A321.[15]


  1. ^ a b c touristik-aktuell.de - "Holiday Europe plans fast growth" (German) 29 August 2019
  2. ^ "Communication." Onur Air. Retrieved 8 June 2014. Map Archived 17 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. "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". Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Communication" () Onur Air. Retrieved on 17 February 2011. "Head Office Şenlikköy Mah. Çatal Sokak No. 3 34153 Florya – İstanbul/TÜRKİYE." Map Archived 17 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Onur Air Relocation Announcement".
  7. ^ Onur Air timetable Retrieved 2 October 2013
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (17 May 2019). "Onur Air adds Anapa service from mid-May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b https://www.onurair.com/en/travel-information/detail/Aircraft-Fleet/126/201/0
  10. ^ "ATDB – Major events collected during September 2007". Air Transport Data Bank. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  11. ^ Onur Air runway overshot at Groningen Archived 4 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ News Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  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]