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Formed and started operations in 2008. Low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary of Turkish Airlines (THY). Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Tutorial Islan Airport
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Anadolu Jet Esenboaya
34149 Istanbul, Turkey
TURKEY: ONCE THE CENTER OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, TURKEY WAS FOUNDED IN 1923 AS A SECULAR STATE WHOSE POPULATION IS OVERWHELMINGLY MUSLIM THOUGH NOT ARAB. A LONG-STANDING MEMBER OF (NATO) AND A CANDIDATE FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU), TURKEY HAS LOOKED TO THE WEST AS A MODEL. EXCEPT FOR BITTER WATER DISPUTES WITH SYRIA AND IRAQ, TURKEY HAS USUALLY MANAGED TO SIDESTEP REGIONAL POLITICS. WITH A DEVELOPED ECONOMY BUT LITTLE OIL, IT RELIES ON A VAST NETWORK OF MEGA DAMS FOR HYDROELECTRIC POWER AND IRRIGATION.
Turkey (the Republic of Turkey) was established in 1923, which includes Northern Cyprus (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), it covers an area of 779,452 sq km, its population is 66 million, its capital city is Ankara, and its official language is Turkish.
March 2008: Turkish Airlines (THY) (CEO) Temel Kotil said that (THY)'s new "full-service" low-cost carrier (LCC) will be named "Anatolia Jet (ANJ)" and will start operations on April 23 with 5 (THY) wet-leased 737-400s from its Ankara base. "As a 1st step, we will use "Anatolia Jet (ANJ)" on domestic routes. Then we will grow internationally," Kotil said. The (THY) mainline currently operates to 29 destinations from Ankara in addition to Istanbul. That network "could" be taken over by (ANJ) in the future, he said. Service aboard the new carrier will include complimentary food and beverages, but fares will remain lower. "With (ANJ), we will work on more efficiency, but without touching the quality. Of course, this is very demanding for us," Kotil said. That efficiency will depend on faster turnarounds (30 minutes) and a lower cost structure. If the Ankara operation proves successful, the low-cost model might be extended to other (THY) mainline routes, the (CEO) revealed. Half of (THY)'s passengers fly domestically, with one-third of those from the capital. Kotil expects 4 million to fly on (ANJ) in the 1st year of operation.
April 2008: Changes its name from "Anatolia Jet" and re-brands as "AnadoluJet (ANJ)." Starts operations on April 23rd to 16 domestic destinations. Will also take over Turkish Airlines (THY)'s international flights from Ankara to Basel, Frankfurt, Tehran, and Vienna.
Additional 737-300s are expected to follow over the next 2 years, in order to introduce international links throughout Europe.
Main Base: Ankara Esenboga International airport (ESB).
November 2008: AnadoluJet (ANJ) is returning 4 737-400s and is replacing them with 4 737-76Ns, including 2 built in 2002, and 2 in 2007.
April 2009: 3 737-76Ns (34754, TC-JKG "Mugla;" 34757, TC-JKH "Ihlara;" 34758, TC-JKI "Abant"),ex-SkyEurope (SKP), (GEF) leased.
February 2010: AnadoluJet (ANJ) is adding +2 additional ex-Aeromexico (AMX) 737-700s. It will then operate 8 737-700s, 3 737-800s and 2 737-400 (1 each leased from Saga Airlines (SGA) and Turkish Airlines (THY). (THY) is reportedly planning to spin off AnadoluJet (ANJ) into a separate company during 2010.
March 2010: Turkish Airlines (THY) subsidiary, AnadoluJet (ANJ) will expand its international schedule significantly this summer with new service from Ankara to Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Tehran, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, and Stockholm (destination airports for latter 3 not announced). Some of the routes presently are flown by (THY) under its own brand. AnadoluJet (ANJ) currently operates to 26 destinations from Ankara and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen, 24 of which are domestic. It flies to Damascus and Nicosia. It operates 6 737-700s with 149Y economy seats and 3 737-800s with 189Y seats.
August 2010: AnadoluJet (ANJ) has again significantly increased its network with more routes being launched and several routes including international ones for the 1st being transferred from parent Turkish Airlines (THY) to its low-cost carrier (LCC) division between May and early August:
Ankara Esenboga to Amsterdam: 5x-weekly, 737-400 service (replacing (THY));
Ankara Esenboga to Brussels: 4x-weekly, 737-400 service started on May 16 (replacing (THY));
Ankara Esenboga to Bursa: 4x-weekly, 737-700 service started on April 2;
Ankara Esenboga to Cologne/Bonn: 3x-weekly seasonal, 737-800 service started on June 1 (replacing (THY));
Ankara Esenboga to Copenhagen Kastrup: 3x-weekly, 737-800 service started on June 1;
Ankara Esenboga to Dusseldorf: daily, 737-800 service started on May 3 (replacing (THY));
Ankara Esenboga to Edremit: 3x-weekly, 737-700 service started on July 16;
Ankara Esenboga to Frankfurt: daily, 737-800 service started on May 3 (replacing (THY));
Ankara Esenboga to Stockholm Arlanda: 2x-weekly, 737-800 service started on June 3;
Ankara Esenboga to Tehran Imam Khomeini: 3x-weekly, 737-800 service started on May 15 (replacing (THY));
Ankara Esenboga to Vienna: 4x-weekly, 737-800 service started on May 7 (replacing (THY));
Antalya to Damascus: weekly, 737-800 service started on June 7;
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Adana: 2x-daily, 737-800 service (replacing (THY));
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Amsterdam: daily, 737-800 service (replacing (THY));
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Antalya: 3x-daily, 737-800 service (replacing (THY);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Bodrum: 3x-daily, 737-700/-800 service (fully replacing (THY);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Copenhagen: 2x-weekly, 737-800 service started on June 3;
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Dalaman: 2x-daily, 737-700 service (replacing (THY);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Ercan: 2x-daily, 737-800 service (replacing (THY));
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Erzurum: daily, 737-800 service (already launched);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Hatay: 2x-weekly, 737-800 service (already launched);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Izmir: 3x-daily, 737-800 service (replacing (THY));
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Konya: daily, 737-800 service (already launched);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to London Stansted: daily, 737-800 service (replacing (THY) route from Atatürk);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Mardin: 3x-weekly, 737-800 service (already launched);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Moscow Sheremetyevo: 4x-weekly, 737-800 service (replacing (THY), moving back to Domodedovo from November 1);
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Nakhichevan: 3x-weekly, 737-700 service started on June 24;
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Stockholm Arlanda: 2x-weekly, 737-800 service started on June 1;
Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to Trabzon: daily, 737-800 service (already launched).
Additional airplanes have been transferred from parent, Turkish Airlines (THY) to AnadoluJet (ANJ). (ANJ) now operates 10 737-700s and 9 737-800s, including 2 new ex-easyJet (EZY) 737-700s and another new ex-Air India Express (AXB) 737-800. (ANJ) has also wet-leased an A320-200 from Atlasjet Airlines (ABE) and a 737-800 from Sky Airlines (SYC) for the summer season.
September 2010: AnadoluJet (ANJ) will launch 3x-weekly, Ankara to Moscow Domodedovo service from October 31 aboard a 737-700.
October 2010: An Anadolujet (ANJ) 737-700 completed a "C" check at Turkish (THY) Technic’s Ankara Esenboga Hangar, (THY)'s 4th hangar and the 1st to be activated outside Istanbul. It can house 3 narrow body airplanes undergoing "A" and "L" checks, "C1" checks, heavy maintenance services, painting, and landing gear/engine-changing services.
November 2010: Turkish Airlines (THY) will resume 4x-weekly, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen - Moscow Domodedovo service, operated by AnadoluJet (ANJ) with a 737-809.
January 2011: AnadoluJet (ANJ) will launch 3x-weekly, Ankara - London Stansted service on January 28.
May 2011: Turkish Airlines (THY) said that changes made by the Turkish government will allow citizens from 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to be granted visas at Istanbul Ataturk airport, if they also have valid Schengen, UK or USA visas in their passports and possess a round-trip, (THY) ticket.
With the reinforcement of this new regulation, (THY) said it expects “a boom in the commercial ties and the number of passengers flying (THY).” Chairman, Hamdi Topcu noted it has been “difficult for citizens to apply for visas because of the remote locations of Turkish embassies in many countries in Africa.”
The eased visa regulations also include citizens from Angola, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Gambia, Cameron, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Congo, Melawi, Niger, Nigeria, Ruanda, Senegal, Somali, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
(THY) announced it signed a block space agreement with Borajet for its AnadoluJet (ANJ) operations covering all the routes where the Turkish regional carrier operates, including Ankara to Adiyaman, Kahramanmaras, Siirt, Canakkale and Tekirdag, and from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to Canakkale, Isparta, Nahcivan, Usak and Tokat. Borajet operates 4 ATR 72-500s and earlier this month purchased a 5th new one. It launched regional operations in May last year with 3 former Alitalia (ALI) ATR 72s.
It is significant that Europe's busiest airport is Istanbul airport (SAW) thanks in part to the significant buildup of Anadolujet (ANJ)'s operations.
June 2011: AnadoluJet (ANJ) launched 2x-weekly, Ankara - Batumi service.
April 2012: AnadoluJet (ANJ) is based in the Turkish capital Ankara, but also has a smaller hub at Sabiha Gökçen airport, where it operates about 10 domestic routes. (ANJ) accounts for most of Turkish Airlines (THY) domestic capacity at Sabiha Gökçen airport. (THY) now offers about 30,000 domestic seats per week at Sabiha Gökçen airport compared to about 146,000 seats for Pegasus Airlines (PGS) (as AnadoluJet (ANJ) uses the same (TK) code as Turkish Airlines (THY), its capacity is grouped together with (THY) mainline capacity).
At Ankara airport, (THY) and (ANJ) have a much larger presence than (PGS). Currently, (THY) has about 150,000 domestic seats per week at Ankara airport, most of which are operated by the (ANJ) unit, while (PGS) only has about 33,000 seats.
AnadoluJet (ANJ), which operates a fleet of 18 737s and 10 A320s, is also a competitor to Pegasus (PGS) in the international (LCC) market. A majority of (ANJ)’s capacity is allocated to the domestic market but it also currently serves about 12 international destinations, predominately in Western Europe. Most of (ANJ)’s international routes, however, are at Ankara and it only has one international route at Sabiha Gökçen airport.
(ANJ) operates about 10 international routes at Ankara airport (including seasonal routes). (PGS) also operates a few of these routes, including Cologne, Stuttgart and Vienna. Both carriers currently offer a similar amount of weekly international capacity at Ankara airport.
June 2012: Turkish Airlines (THY) has decided to transfer all remaining international routes of its low-cost division, AnadoluJet (ANJ) back to its mainline operation from June 9. As part of the exercise it has also moved the 2 A320-100/-200 airplanes (3259, TC-JAI; and 3308, TC-JBI) operated in AnadoluJet (ANJ) colors back to its own operation. The remaining routes are from Ankara Esenboga to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Brussels National Zaventem (BRU), Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer (CGN), Dusseldorf International (DUS), Moscow Vnukovo International (VKO), Stockholm Arlanda (ARN), Tehran Imam Khomeini International (IKA) and Vienna International (VIE) airports.
AnadoluJet (ANJ) as well as parent Turkish Airlines (THY), Onur Air (ONU) and Pegasus Airlines (PGS) have been forced to temporarily suspend operations to Diyarbakir (DIY) between June 1 and September 1 as a result of runway repair work at the fairly busy domestic airport. Diyarbakir is typically served 4x-daily by (ANJ) from Ankara Esenboga International (ESB), 7x-daily combined by (ONU) and (THY) from Istanbul Atatürk/Yesilköy International (IST), up to 2x-daily from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen International (SAW) by (PGS) which also offers a 2x-weekly service from Antalya (AYT).
July 2012: AnadoluJet (ANJ) and parent, Turkish Airlines (THY) have launched scheduled services to Igdir (IGD) earlier this month after the airport had officially been inaugurated by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 13. AnadoluJet (ANJ) currently offers 3x-weekly 737-700 services from Ankara Esenboga International (ESB) while (THY) serves the airport 3x-weekly from Istanbul Atatürk/Yesilköy International airport (IST) with a combination of A320-200s and 737-800s. Igdir is located in the East of Turkey close to its borders with Armenia and Iran.
February 2013: AnadoluJet ((ICAO) Code: AJA, based at Ankara Esenboga International (ESB)) (ANJ) will take over most domestic routes of sister carrier Sun Express ((IATA) Code: XQ, based at Antalya (AYT)) (SNS) from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen International (SAW) in the upcoming summer season, although flights will continue to be operated by Sun Express (SNS) but under Turkish Airlines (THY) flight numbers and the AnadoluJet (ANJ) low-cost brand. (ANJ) currently already serves Adana (ADA), Ankara Esenboga International (ESB), Erzurum (ERZ), Kayseri Erkilet (ASR), Sivas (VAS) and Trabzon (TZX) from Sabiha Gökcen. Between April and June, Sun Express (SNS) domestic routes to Diyarbakir (DIY), Gaziantep Ozugeli (GZT), Hatay (HTY), Kars (KSY), Mardin (MQM), Samsun Carsamba (SZF) and Van (VAN) will be transferred. Sun Express (SNS) will continue to serve Antalya (AYT) and Izmir Adnan Menderes (ADB) from Sabiha Gökcen domestically as well as several destinations in Germany.
July 2015: Turkish Airlines (THY) is considering starting flights with its low-cost carrier (LCC), AnadoluJet (ANJ) to Germany, France, and Britain, although no decision has yet been taken, (THY)'s (CEO) said.
Next summer is being considered as a possible time for AnadoluJet (ANJ) to start flights to Germany, (THY) (CEO) Temil Kotil was quoted as saying by German daily "Handelsblatt" in an advance copy of a story to be published on July 23.
"The tickets are on average -30 to -40% cheaper than Turkish Airlines (THY) flights," Kotil told the paper.
AnadoluJet (ANJ) was founded in 2008 and has 31 planes, according to its website, and flies domestic routes within Turkey.
June 2017: 2 737-8F2 (CFM56-7B26) (29778, TC-JFP; 29783, TC-JFK), ex-(N1786B and N1787B) deliveries.