Turkish Airlines starts wet-lease of Borajet ATRs

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Turkish Airlines' spin-off operation Anadolu Jet has started wet-leased operations with two ATR 72 turboprops from the country's Borajet.

The first aircraft flew from Ankara to Siirt, marking the first time in 17 years that Turkish Airlines has incorporated turboprops into its fleet since the demise of British Aerospace ATP operator Turk Hava Tasimaciligi.

Turkish Airlines general manager Temel Kotil says the carrier will increase its domestic services with the wet-lease arrangement.

"Our aim is flying daily to short-runway airports such as Siirt, Usak, Adiyaman, Kahramanmaras and Tokat, with ATR 72s," he says.

Anadolu Jet will use the aircraft from Ankara Esenboga and Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen.

Borajet has two other aircraft and will continue flying to Antalya Gazipasa, Edremit and Zonguldak. It started up in April with three ex-Alitalia ATRs before adding a fourth later in the year.