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Airlines

Name: ANKAIR
7JetSet7 Code: WFS
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: ISTANBUL
Country: TURKEY
Employees 47
Web: ankair.com.tr
Email: info@ankair.com.tr
Telephone: +90 2126634201
Fax: +90 2322743967
Sita:
Background
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Click below for data links:
WFS-AUG04
WFS-JUN05-A
WFS-NEWSJUN04
WFS-OCT05-A

Established in 2004. Formerly "WorldFocus Airlines." D B A "Dunyaya Bakis Hava Tasimaciligi A S." Domestic, regional & international, charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Senlikkoy Mah. Orman Sk. No:10, Florya
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.

Northern Cyprus (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) covers an area of 3,355 sq km, its population is 0.2 million, its capital city is Nicosia, and its official language is Turkish.

January 2004: WorldFocus Airlines (WFS) is a subsidiary of the Turkish travel agency Ani Tur, with operations to Europe and the Middle East, as well as to domestic destinations.

2 737-400's leased.

April 2004: A310-203 (309; 352, TC-AKP), ex-Cyprus Airlines (CYP),(ILF) 3 year leased.

July 2004: A310-203 (352) wet-leased to Turkish Airlines (THY).

May 2005: WorldFocus Airlines (WFS) is a charter airline serving the tourist industry with flights to Europe and the Middle East, as well as domestic destinations.

Parent organization/shareholders: Ani Tur (travel agency).

1st of 3 MD-83 deliveries, ex-Free Bird (FBR), AWAS (AWW) leased. Will be used to support its network of domestic and international routes to holiday destinations in Turkey and other countries.

November 2005: 2 MD-83's (53185, TC-AKM; 53186, TC-AKN), 6 month wet-leased to Turkish Airlines (THY).

November 2007: MD-83 wet-leased to AtlasJet International (ABE).

ACCDT: An Atlasjet Airlines (ABE) MD-83 (/94), WorldFocus Airlines (WFS) wet-leased, outbound from Istanbul (IST), crashed early Friday morning during its approach to Isparta Airport in southern Turkey, killing all 57 passengers and crew onboard. The crash site was located in mountainous terrain approximately 7 miles from Isparta. The airplane departed (IST) at 12:50 am, 90 minutes late, owing to its late arrival inbound from Pristina, according to Atlasjet (ABE). The crash occurred about 45 minutes after takeoff. Published reports described the weather as clear and moonlit. Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in widely reported televised remarks, that while the crash's cause is "not yet certain," officials "suspect the airplane's tail hit a hilltop, and that the airplane fell on its fuselage with the force of the impact." According to Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network, "Local officials said the plane had broken into two pieces, with its fuselage and rear, landing in different locations . . . the airplane's wings and engine were at the top of a hill, while the fuselage was 500 ft lower." The pilots (FC) and some cabin staff (CA) worked for Istanbul-based charter operator, (WFS) while three flight attendants (CA) worked for (ABE), which operates scheduled domestic services from a base in Istanbul to 13 destinations in Turkey, and charter flights to destinations in Europe and the Middle East. According to a statement from (ABE) CEO, Tuncay Doganer, communication with the flight crew (FC) was lost after the airplane began its approach to land. He added that search and rescue teams initially were "having difficulty" reaching the mountainous area, where the crash occurred.

The (ABE) MD-83 accident investigation was joined later by Boeing (TBC) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W) officials, who traveled to Turkey and inspected the crash site. There has been no initial discovery of technical problems on the MD-83, which was on wet-lease from (WFS), and no explanation yielded from tower recordings, that reveal the pilots (FC) believed they were headed for a routine landing at Isparta Airport, according to Turkish officials. The investigation appears to be focused on why the airplane veered away from its planned inbound route to the airport. The crash site, according to Isparta Governor, Semsettin Uzun and other unnamed Turkish officials, cited in various news reports, was several miles off course. The airplane crashed in mountainous terrain. Weather was not a factor, officials said.

The Turkish Ministry of Transport will impose stricter controls on civil aviation in response to the (ABE) MD-83 crash that killed all 57 on board. The ministry will perform checks of all airplanes operated by private airlines in the country, as well as checks of training standards, Turkish media reported. In addition, authorities intend to reduce flights to destinations on which carriers suffer from low load factors, especially on routes to smaller cities in the provinces. Flights to those places should be operated by just one airline, the ministry is proposing. The ministry also has contended that price wars between private operators could have negative effects on safety standards, and will move to control low fares. It will invest 130 million/$190.5 million to ensure that important airports in Turkey will be outfitted with Instrument Landing Systems (ILS). Airports such as Diyarbak1r, Sivas and Konya are not equipped currently. The investment includes 23 new radars and seven new radar stations, and improvements to airport infrastructure in Sivas, Erzincan, Kars, Kayseri, Batman, Malatya, Bursa and Erzurum.

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WFS-MD-83
WFS-MD-83

June 2014:

2 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (2088-53184, /94 TC-AKL; 2090-53185, /94 TC-AKM (SEE PHOTO); 2092-53186, /94 TC-AKN), EX-(RNO)/(AAL)/(FBR), (AWW) LSD 2005-06. 53185; 53186; WET-LST (THY) TIL 2006-05. 1 WET-LST (ABE) 2007-11, WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY CRASHED, & DESTROYED 2007-11. 165Y.

0 A310-203 (CF6-80A3) (309, /84 TC-AKV; 352, /85 TC-AKP), EX-(CYP), (ILF) 3 YR LSD 2004-04. 352 WET-LST (THY) 2004-07. 309 WET-LST (THY) 2004-08. 309; 352; ST (AUB) 2005-06. 28C, 213Y.

Management:
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AYDIN KIZILTAN, GENERAL MANAGER.

HABER BASLIGI, MANAGER HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).

 
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