Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Atlasjet International Airways A.S. of Istanbul, Turkey has become the 41st operator of Bombardier CRJ aircraft.
Atlasjet will use two pre-owned Bombardier CRJ700 airliners to open new services linking Istanbul with several domestic destinations that are currently not served adequately.
"We will be the first airline in Turkey operating new-generation Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft," said Tuncay Doganer, Managing Director, Atlasjet International Airways. "The CRJ700 aircraft will provide us with the range capability to cover all destinations in Turkey with the right economics and performance. The CRJ700 airliner will also give passengers the flexibility provided by direct services to many more destinations."
"More and more airlines are recognizing the continuing ability of the Bombardier CRJ family of aircraft to deliver significant benefits in economics, performance and passenger satisfaction," said Steven Ridolfi, President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft.
Atlasjet began operations in June, 2001 with two Boeing 757 aircraft.
To date, Bombardier has received firm orders for a total of 1,432 CRJ Series aircraft including the 50-seat CRJ100/200, 44-seat CRJ440, 70- to 78-seat CRJ700, 74- to 75-seat CRJ700 Series 705 and 86- to 90-seat CRJ900 aircraft. As of March 31, 2005 1,233 CRJ Series aircraft had been delivered to customers in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America, making the Bombardier CRJ Series the most successful regional aircraft program in history.
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