Airlines Remembered

Alfa Airlines a.k.a. Air Alfa (Alfa Hava Yollari)

Photos © R.Leeuw


Air Alfa ceased operations December 2001
Homebase: Istanbul
Founded: 1992
ICAO callsign: Alfa
Flightnbr prefix: H7 / LFA
Operations: passengers

Founded in 1992, Air Alfa was acquired by Kombassan in 1996. With its hub in Istanbul and a fleet of Airbus aircraft, Air Alfa's international route included cities such as Dusseldorf and Munich in Germany; Basel, Switzerland; and Amsterdam, Holland. Its domestic route included the cities of Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Adana, Trabzon and Dalaman. Plans for the future called for expanding the route system outside Europe, to include the rest of the world.
Air Alfa also provided charter services to tour operators.

(c) R. Leeuw
A300B4-203 TC-ALP (msn153) is seen here in approach to Amsterdam-SPL in April 1996. This aircraft was written off at Istanbul on May 17th, 1996.

Air Alfa had been in "dire straights" before and cut back on operations, but in December 2001 it had to cease operations again and the aircraft were parked at Istanbul and Antalya. This was the fleet in 2001 (after many previous changes):

TC-ALLAirbus Industrie A321-131604
TC-ALO Airbus Industrie A321-131614
TC-ALS Airbus Industrie A300B4-103 066
TC-ABD Airbus Industrie A300B4-622R611
TC-ABEAirbus Industrie A300B4-622R 613

(source: JP Airline Fleets 2001/02).

Airbus A320-212 TC-ABG (cn 313) at Schiphol 18Aug02.
In 2002 a restart was made as Alpha Airlines; on Sunday Nov.17th 2002 again all operations ceased, due to financial difficulties.

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