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  • Grounded Air Rose seeks 737 to satisfy Turkish rule

    News | 07 Jan 2000 11:36 | Tolga Ozbek

    <BODY LINK="#0000ff" VLINK="#800080"> <P>Air Rose of Turkey has been grounded by the country's CAA after falling foul of a national rule requiring charter airlines to operate at least three aircraft.</P> <P>The CAA pulled the carrier's operating authorisation on 25 December, leaving its single 148-seat Boeing 737-700 and single 737-300 on the ground at the airline's Antalya International Airport base and stranding passengers in Germany and Israel.</P> <P>Company vice president, Bulent Dilmen, says the airline is trying to recommence operations by leasing another 737-700 from Maersk Air of Denmark, which was the source of its first 737-700.</P> <P>The rule requiring a minimum fleet was designed to boost operating standards in Turkey's volatile charter airline sector but has been controversial in practice. For a time last year the Government let charter operators start operations with only one aircraft but then re-imposed the three aircraft-requirement under pressure from larger ai