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Formed in 2006 and started operations in 2009. Domestic, regional, & international, charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services. Also provides wet-lease (ACMI) services.
IDTM A2, Blok No: 395
Yesilkoy, 34830 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 - 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.
January 2009: 737-4Q8 (25108, TC-TLB) delivery.
SEE PHOTO - - "TWI-737-4Q8-2004-03", ex-(N775AS), (ILF) leased.
May 2009: Tailwind Airlines (TWI) is a charter and wet-lease airline that offers tourist charters between Europe and Turkey for tour operators and ad hoc private charter flights.
(TWI) is a joint Turkish and British partnership. It was established to create an efficient, modern and quality airline service in the civil aviation sector to support the growth of air travel to and from Turkey. (TWI)'s core team is made up of experienced and knowledgeable professionals from the aviation industry who will provide a strong foundation to achieve this objective.
(IATA) Code: TI. (ICAO) Code: TWI.
Parent company/shareholders: Tailwind Havayollari.
Main Base: Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International airport (SAW).
Hub: Istanbul Ataturk airport.
September 2009: (ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal for 2 used 737-400s to Tailwind Airlines (TWI) for 5 years each.
May 2010: 737-4Q8 (27628, TC-TLE), (ILF) leased, ex-(N785AS).
July 2010: 737-4Q8 (27628, TC-TLE "A Guney") leased to TunisAir (TUN).
January 2011: Tailwind Airlines (TWI) has wet-leased a 737-4Q8 to Congolese start-up Okapi Airlines (OKP).
Turkish (THY) Technic won a contract with Tailwind Airlines (TWI) to perform 2 base maintenance "C" checks on 737-400 airplanes. Maintenance will be carried out at Technic's (THY) facilities in Istanbul.
May 2012: Taban Air ((IATA) Code: HH, based at Mashad International airport (MHD), Iran)) has wet-leased 737-400 (25112, TC-TLC) from Turkish charter carrier, Tailwind Airlines (TWI)). Taban Air currently operates a single MD-82 itself and wet-leases 5 MD-88s from Bukovyna Airlines (BKV).
November 2012: Tailwind Airlines (TWI) has wet-leased its 737-4Q8 (25107, TC-TLA) to Air Libya (TLR) allowing its Libyan partner to increase scheduled services. The two carriers had already worked together with Tailwind (TWI) operating up to 2 737-4Q8s on behalf of Air Libya (TLR) prior to the civil war in Libya.
May 2014: SmartLynx Airlines ((IATA) Code: 6Y, based at Riga) (LAJ) will operate an A320-211 (142, YL-BBC), on behalf of Turkey's Tailwind Airlines ((IATA) Code: TI, based at Istanbul Atatürk) (TWI) for the duration of the summer. "Skyliner Aviation" recently tracked the airplane at Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel wearing Tailwind (TWI)'s title and logo in addition to sporting a logo for German aviation broker firm, "Involatus."
The A320 is Tailwind (TWI)'s only Airbus Industrie airplane at this time, joining 5 737-400s used on passenger charter flights to Europe and Asia.