AnadoluJet’s first flights take off to Europe, replacing Turkish Airlines

AnadoluJet’s first flights take off to Europe, replacing Turkish Airlines (2)

While anna.aero loves new route launches with cake and a water salute, this isn’t likely to happen during coronavirus. However, it should still be celebrated, as good news stories are few and far between right now.  Here, brother and sister say hello to each other at Berlin Tegel on 11 June. In the foreground, the B737-800 is being turned around before returning to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, while its sistership taxis to its stand after landing from Ankara.

AnadoluJet, the lower-cost subsidiary from Turkish Airlines, began service to Europe on 11 June, replacing its parent. 

It will fully replace Turkish Airlines at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, while replacing it on certain services from Ankara, which is AnadoluJet’s number-one airport by seats.

On 11 June, AnadoulJet began seven routes: Ankara to Berlin Tegel and Istanbul Sabhia Gocken to Amsterdam, Berlin Tegel, Frankfurt, London Stansted, Munich, and Stuttgart.

Its Stansted service departed first, at 0847, touching down at the Essex airport just over three hours later, at 0953.

A number of other routes have been replaced by AnadoluJet since it began, as below, with more to come.

AnadoluJet’s first flights take off to Europe, replacing Turkish Airlines

Source: OAG Mapper.

AnadoluJet: 34 aircraft at Sabiha Gökçen

Gerald Ong, Director of Aviation Marketing at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, told anna.aero:

“In February 2020, Turkish Airlines announced that it will cease all its operations at Sabiha Gökçen, starting 29 March 2020.  All international routes would be handed over to AnadoluJet. Prior to COVID-19, AnadoluJet planned to base 34 aircraft in Sabiha Gökçen to serve 28 international destinations, which includes 2 new destinations to Abu Dhabi and London Stansted, and 31 domestic destinations.”

Ong added: “AnadoluJet will continue to support the post-COVID-19 gradual recovery. We foresee a potential upside to international passengers, following the additional 15% seat capacity and configuration that AnadoluJet will bring: 189 seats compared to 165 seats in Turkish Airlines aircraft as well as improved aircraft utilisation from AnadoluJet’s business model.

Even as AnadoluJet continues to strengthen its presence in Sabiha Gökçen, we remain hopeful that we will welcome back Turkish Airlines at some point.”


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