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Name: TOP AIR
7JetSet7 Code: TOP
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: ISTANBUL
Country: TURKEY
Employees 46
Web: topair.com.tr
Email: info@topair.com.tr
Telephone: (212) 541 60 40
Fax: (212) 598 50 60
Sita: ISTTPB6
Background
(definitions)

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1990. SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

TURKEY: POPULATION: 67.3M. 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.

MARCH 1996: 2 727-2F2'S (JT8D-15) (21260/22999), & 1 727-243A (21664) ALL EX-TURKISH AIRLINES (THY). TO SELL & REPLACE WITH LEASED AIRPLANES, TO IMPROVE CASH FLOW & OBTAIN AIRPLANES WITH NEWER (JT8D) ENGINES.

JUNE 1997: 46 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FC & 8 MT).

LEASES 2 727-200'S TO (IST) FOR SUMMER.

DECEMBER 1997: 1 727-200 (22999), WET-LEASED TO ORIENT EAGLE.

CEASED OPERATIONS, BUT MAY RE-START IN 1998.

FEBRUARY 1998: MEHMET BALKANLI, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR LEFT.

APRIL 1998: 46 EMPLOYEES (INCL 20 FC & 8 MT).

MAY 1998: YALCIN CETIN, TECHNICAL MANAGER, UGUR KALKAN, ENGINEERING MANAGER, NEJAT ERBAS, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

JUNE 1998: 2 727-200 ADV LEASED TO TURKISH AIRLINES (THY).

JANUARY 2000: IRFAN YILDRAN, GENERAL MANAGER KILLED IN A BEECHCRAFT-90 ACCIDENT, AFTER ICE ON WING RESULTING IN STALL, SHORTLY AFTER TAKE-OFF FROM ANKARA.

APRIL 2000: (http://www.topair.com.tr). (info@topair.com.tr)

JULY 2000: UGUR KALKAN, MANAGER ENGINEERING RESIGNED TO JOIN MNG CARGO (MCG).

MAY 2001: 1 727-2F2 (1222-21260, TC-IYC) LEASED TO AIR MEMPHIS (MEP).

JANUARY 2002: FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY. ALL 3 727'S GROUNDED.

(TELEPHONE: (212) 541 60 40). (FAX: (212) 598 50 60).

May 2003: 727-2F2A (21260) sold to GrecoAir, El Paso, Texas.

Fleet:
(definitions)

July 2003:

0 727-2F2A (JT8D-15) (1222-21260, /76 47 28 TC-IYC "HERZARFEN;" 1811-22999, /82 32 19 A "MERVE"), EX-THY, LST THY (22999 LST (ORE) 11/97). 21260 LST (MEP) 5/01 RTND 12/01. GROUNDED. 21260 ST GRECOAIR 5/03. 164Y.

0 727-243 (JT8D-15 HK) (1448-21664, /79 36 26 TC-IYB "EMIR"), EX-(ALI), GROUNDED. SCRAPPED 7/04. 164Y.

2 BEECH 1900C.

1 BEECH 1900D.

1 CESSNA 650 CITATION III.

2 LET-200 MORAVA.

1 LET-410 TURBOLET.

2 AN-24.

1 TU-154M.

Management:
(definitions)

MILOSLAV TUTTER, DIRECTOR GENERAL.

IRFAN YILDIRAN, GENERAL MANAGER, KILLED 1/00 IN AIRPLANE ACCIDENT

AYDIN ERTUZUN, GENERAL MANAGER (4/00).

TOLGA SARIGOL, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR (7/99).

CAPTAIN AYHAN SENKAYLAR, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER (info@topair.com.tr).

CAPTAIN ERHAN TOKER, CHIEF PILOT.

SELAHATTIN GUL, TECHNICAL MANAGER (9/00) (ISTTPB6), (technic@topair.com.tr).

MEHMET SEVINC, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (12/00).

RIDVAN ONGOREN, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER (6/00).

 
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