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Airlines

Name: AIR BERLIN TURKEY
7JetSet7 Code: IZM
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: IZMIR
Country: TURKEY
Employees 47
Web: izair.com.tr
Email: occ@izair.com.tr
Telephone: +90 232 298 3500
Fax: +90 232 274 6235
Sita:
Background
(definitions)

Click below for data links:
IZM-2009-02 - IZAIR
IZM-CABIN ATTENDANT - 2009-02-CA
IZM-MAP

Formed in 2005 and started operations in 2006. Formerly its full (turkish) name was: Izmir Hava Yollari Tasimacilik. Was Izmir Airlines and later IZair. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Adnan Menderes
Havalimani Girisi
TR-35410, Izmir, 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 - figures follow), 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.

April 2005: The airline was established as Izmir Hava Yollari (IZM) by a group of Izmir-based businessmen.

February 2006: 3 A319-132's (2404; 2414; 2452), ex-Independence Air (BLR), (ILF), 5 year leased.

The names of IZair (IZM)'s first 3 planes are:
"Alsancak," "Karsiyaka," and "Göztepe."

Alsancak is the name of Izmirís most central and beautiful neighborhood. At the same time, it describes the red color of the Turkish flag. Karþýyaka is the 2nd largest neighborhood. Karþýyaka and Göztepe have been rivals in many senses, especially with their soccer teams. These 3 neighborhoods, which are cherished fanatically, have given their names to IZair (IZM) airplanes.

The blue of Izmirís summer sky and the orange of its sunset have met in IZair (IZM)ís logo. These colors, swaying in the famous breeze of Izmir, were the inspiration for the tail design of these airplanes. Where the blue meets the orange, an olive green color appears, hinting to the famous olive trees decorating the Aegean region. The beautiful deep blue of the Aegean has adorned the bellies and the engines of these airplanes. While looking at the tail design, those of you who are familiar with Izmir, may be reminded of the unique black and white sidewalk design.

Izmir has 300 days of sunshine. Everybody who comes to Izmir admires its sun and sea. Thus, this company from Izmir, which is open to the world, has chosen the colors that represent Izmirís beauties. IZair (IZM) will continue to be a company that joins the local beauties and global values.

March 2006: Izmir Airlines (IZM) plans to begin flying in spring between several European capitals and Turkey's main cities. Destinations include Athens, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Moscow, Vienna, Milan, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Zurich, with domestic flights connecting Izmir with Istanbul, Adana, Trabzon, Antalya, Ankara, and Konya.

July 2006: Changes name from Izmir Airlines to "IZair."

April 2007: Pegasus Airlines (PGS) purchased 20% of IZair (IZM). (PGS) management retains control of its operations.

February 2009: Pegasus Airlines (PGS) took delivery of a 4th new 737-800, part of an order for 24 of the type. The airplane will be operated by its IZair (IZM) subsidiary.

June 2009: A320-233 (2118, TC-IZA), ex-(N488TA), delivery.

September 2009: Pegasus Airlines (PGS) increased its order for 737-800s in June, Chairman Ali Sabanci confirmed in Istanbul, although he declined to reveal the number of airplanes involved.

Sabanci also said (PGS) is in negotiations with Boeing (TBC) for more airplanes. "Our dealings with (TBC) consist of 5 tranches of orders and we are currently in the 5th one, to further increase our order book with them. The 4th tranche was the contract signed in June," he said, adding that (PGS) intends to announce the details next year as it prepares to launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO) in the 2nd half of 2010.

"By 2015, Pegasus (PGS) and its affiliate airline IZair (IZM) will operate a fleet of 41 owned 737s, including 1 737-400 and 40 new 737-800s, if we give back all our leased airplanes," he said. The pair currently flies 24 airplanes, of which 17 are leased. (PGS) owns 1 737-400 and 6 737-800s, which were part of its 1st (TBC) order placed in 2005 for 6 firm 737-800s plus 6 options. (PGS) topped up its order in 2007 and at the end of 2008 to 18 firm and 6 options, indicating that its June commitment is for 16 airplanes.

Sabanci also confirmed that (ESAS) Holdings, which controls (PGS) and 61% of IZair (IZM), increased its stake in Air Berlin (BER) to 18.5% from 15.3% in June.

January 2011: Turkish Technic reached a Component Pool Services Agreement with Pegasus Airlines (PGS), covering (PGS)'s 737NGs for 10 years. It will also provide 15 "C" maintenance checks to Pegasus (PGS) and IzAir (IZM) fleets as well as 7 re-delivery checks, 7 landing gear overhaul and painting services for 10 airplanes in 2011.

July 2011: IZair (IZM) has added 2 ex-Air Berlin (BER) 737-800s to its existing Airbus (EDS) fleet consisting of 3 A319-100s and 3 A320-200s. It is planning to replace its A319-100s and A320-200s by additional 737-800s next year.

August 2011: IZAir (IZM) will be renamed "Air Berlin Turkey" and will begin operations with the winter schedule from its new base at Antalya airport (AYT).

Lufthansa Systems (LHS) inked a 5-year contract with Pegasus Airlines (PGS) and subsidiary IZair (IZM) to implement its Lido/Flight solution aimed at optimizing (PGS)'s flight planning processes.

December 2011: Air Berlin Turkey (IZM) operates from Turkey's 3rd largest city, Izmir to domestic and international destinations.

(IATA) Code: 4I - 597. (ICAO) Code: IZM - (Callsign - IZMIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Joint venture between Air Berlin (BER) and Pegasus Airlines (PGS).

Company slogan: "The beauty of Izmir is in the air with IZair."

Main Base: Izmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB).

Domestic destinations: Adana; Ankara; Antalya; Balikesir; Bodrum-Milas; Diyarbakir; Erzurum; Gaziantep; Istanbul; Izmir; Malatya; Mardin; Samsun; Trabzon; & Van.

International destination: Nicosia.

January 2012: Air Berlin Turkey (IZM) has launched operations on November 1 with 2 737-800s operated by the former IZair. (IZM) is a joint venture (JV) between Air Berlin (BER) and Pegasus Airlines (PGS) and will initially concentrate on services from Antalya to Germany. It is expected to operate 5 to 6 airplanes next summer.

Air Berlin Turkey (IZM) currently operates the following routes:
Antalya - Berlin Tegel: 4x-weekly 737-800 service (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS);
Antalya - Dusseldorf International: daily 737-800 service (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Frankfurt International: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Antalya - Leipzig/Halle: 3x-weekly 737-800 service (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Munich: 3x-weekly 737-800 service (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS);
Antalya - Nuremberg: weekly 737-800 service (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Stuttgart: weekly 737-800 service (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS)).

It will add more routes in spring:
Antalya - Bremen: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 4 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Cologne/Bonn: 3x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 4 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Dresden: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 2 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Erfurt: 4x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 30 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Friedrichshafen: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on May 5 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 2 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Hanover: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 4 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Münster/Osnabrück: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 2 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Paderborn: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on March 3 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS));
Antalya - Rostock: 2x-weekly 737-800 service starting on May 4 (replacing Pegasus Airlines (PGS)).

May 2012: Air Berlin (BER) has requested approval by the German antitrust authorities to be allowed to take a minority stake in Izair (IZM). The Turkish carrier (IZM) is owned by Air Berlin shareholder, (ESAS) holding (which also controls Pegasus Airlines (PGS) and operates the 737-800s of Air Berlin Turkey (IZM), based at Antalya airport (AYT)). It has recently returned its remaining 3 A319-100s to the lessors.

October 2012: Air Berlin Turkey (IZM) will take over all of Belair Airlines (BLB)'s flights between Switzerland and Antalya from March 2013 operating 4x-weekly 737-800 flights from Antalya to Zurich Kloten airport (ZRH) and 2x-weekly flights from Antalya to Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg EuroAirport (BSL) next summer season. (IZM)'s 3 737-800s are operated by Izair (IZM) and currently operate on routes from Antalya to Germany, where they have replaced flights previously operated by Belair (BLB) owner Air Berlin (BER) or its Turkish partner Pegasus Airlines (PGS).

December 2013: 737-8AS (33605, TC-IZG), ex-(EI-DPB), Babcock & Brown (BBB) leased, flown Prestwick - Istanbul for delivery to IZAIR -IZMIR AIRLINES ((IATA) Code: 4I; (ICAO) Code: (IZM)).

January 2014: 737-83N (32248, TC-IZD "Buglem Sea"), delivery.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
IZM-A319 - IZAIR
IZM-A320-2011-10 - AIR BERLIN TURKEY

October 2017:

1 737-8AS (CFM56-7B) (33605, TC-IZG), (BBB) LSD 2013-12. 186Y.

1 737-83N (CFM56-7B) (32248, TC-IZD "BUGLEM SEA"), 2014-01. WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.

2 737-86J (CFM56-7B26) (2834-37743, /09 TC-IZB "DEFINE"), (PGS) WET-LSD 2009-02. EX-(D-ABKE). IN PEGASUS AIRLINES (PGS) COLORS. WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.

0 A319-132 (V2524-A5) (2404, /05 TC-IZM "ALSANCAK;" 2414, /05 TC-IZR "KARSIYAKA;" 2452, /05 TC-IZH "GOZTEPE"), EX-(BLR), (ILF) 5 YR LSD. ALL THREE AVAILABLE FOR WET-LEASE from 2010-04 - SEE ATTACHED - - "IZM-A319 WET-LEASE-2009-12." ALL THREE RTND 2012. 144Y.

2 A320-233 (V2527E-A5) (1730, /02 TC-IZL "CESME;" 2118, /03 TC-IZA "FOCA" - - SEE PHOTO - - "IZM-A320-2011-10"), 2009-06. EX-(N486TA & N488TA). 2118; TO BINGO AIRLINES (BIN) 2012-03. 12C, 138Y.

5 BOMBARDIER CRJ900.

5 BOMBARDIER DASH 8-Q400.

Management:
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EKREM DEMIRTAS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

GUROL YUK, GENERAL MANAGER.

CEMALI DINCER, GENERAL DIRECTOR.

ALI SABANCI, PRESIDENT.
Born in Adana, Turkey in 1969, Mr Ali Sabanci graduated in 1991 with a degree in Politics and Economics from Tufts University (USA). He began his career as a financial analyst for Morgan Stanley & Company Incorporated where he worked for two years after which he returned to study and received an MBA in International Finance from Columbia Business School in 1995.

Upon his return to Turkey, Mr Sabanci worked as a specialist at the Bahçekap branch of Akbank TAS until 1996, after which he was appointed Assistant Manager.

In 1997, Mr Sabanci began his career at H Ö Sabanci Holding as Head of Projects, until June 2001, when he was appointed Executive VP of Strategy & Business Development. In March 2004, he resigned from H Ö Sabanci Holding.

Ali Sabanci has been Chairman of Pegasus Airlines (PGS), part of (ESAS) Holding since March 2004. He is also a board member at affiliates Promed Alarm, Orya A; and is the Chairman of Esas. Mr Sabanci is also a member of TÜSIAD, and TABA.

Ali Sabanci is married with two children, and speaks Turkish, English and German fluently.

 
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