Greenair was founded c.1989-90 to fly Turkish expatriate workers and tourists from destinations in Germany and Paris, London, Milan and Amsterdam to Turkey. Its first flight was on 18 May 1990. By the end of the year, it had become the largest private sector airline in Turkey.
As of 1993, Greenair flew to Turkey from more than a dozen European cities, and also offered internal flights including a daily service between Antalya and Istanbul. By 1994, it was competing directly with the national flag carrier, Turk Hava Yollari, on charter and scheduled routes.
Greenair had planned use its Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft on scheduled services between Istanbul and Moscow; but those plans could not be carried out. In December 1994 Greenair ceased operations, but was reactivated in 1995 as Active Air. That venture also went out of business a year later, due to financial distress.
Greenair was a joint venture with Russian investors, and thus used Soviet-built aircraft. Greenair's first aircraft was the Tupolev Tu-154, followed by the Tupolev Tu-134. C. 1991, Greenair owned:
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Greenair" marked its first anniversary. Since its first flight on 18 May 1990 it carried 180,000 passengers and manifested a high performance. It has already become the biggest private sector airline of Turkey...
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- Brosnahan, Tom (1993). Turkey: a travel survival kit. Lonely Planet. p. 89.
Don't neglect the European and Turkish charter lines such as Condor (German) and Greenair (Turkish) which fly to Turkey from more than a dozen European centres, often for round-trip fares as low as US$350 or US$400.Search this book on
- Brosnahan, Tom (1993). Turkey: a travel survival kit. Lonely Planet. p. 469.
Greenair, a joint Turkish-Russian line, has daily flights between Antalya and Istanbul. Discounts of 50% are offered to children from two to 12 years old, passengers taking middle-of-the-night flights, and women with green eyes.Search this book on
- "Trade Finance". Trade Finance. Euromoney Publications (93–98). 1991.
Rumours now abound in Istanbul that Sultan Air is about to buy out Greenair, a Soviet-Turkish joint venture.
- Ayliffe, Rosie; Dubin, Marc Stephen; Gawthrop, John (1991). The Real Guide: Turkey. Prentice Hall. p. 21.
Greenair, a new Soviet-Turkish venture, is similar but with a much smaller flight network to date.Search this book on
- Hengi, B.I. (2000). Airlines remembered : over 200 airlines of the past, described and illustrated in colour. Midland Publishing. Search this book on
- Country Profile: Turkey. Economist Intelligence Unit. 1994. p. 36.
The national flag carrier, Turk Hava Yollari, carried 2.4 million internal and 1.7 million international passengers. A number of smaller private companies, notably Istanbul Airlines and Green Air, compete with THY on domestic and international routes, in both scheduled and charter flights.Search this book on
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