Wednesday, January 23, 2013

► SOUTH SUDAN: Turkey's AtlasJet wins tender for national airline; to launch with two aircraft.

Turkey's Atlasjet (KK), is to establish a private airline in South Sudan following the opening of bids on January 23,  in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. In September, Murat Ersoy, the President of Atlasjet (KK), led a 25-member strong Turkish delegation to Juba, scouting for potential business opportunities.

Atlasjet is a Turkish airline based out of Florya, Istanbul, Turkey with both domestic and international scheduled passenger services.

Sami Alan, the carrier's CEO, said Atlasjet had officially obtained permission for South Sudan with plans to buy "proper planes" for South Sudan, beginning with two planes before adding a third aircraft to the fleet. Atlasjet is currently evaluating a fleet of either ATR 72 or Dash 8-400 turboprops for deployment.

In August 2012, South Sudan's government made it public that it was actively looking for an international partner to help set up and run a "reputable" national airline in which the South Sudanese Government would own a minority 20% stake, 31% would go to the local South Sudanese private sector with the remaining  49% being sold to international investors.