History of Freebird Airlines

  • In June 2000, Freebird Airlines was established as a company of Gozen Holding, which has been supplying ground services to more than 85 companies since 1979.
  • On April 5, 2001, Freebird Airlines started operations with the fleet of 3 medium range MD-83 aircraft. The first service was between Istanbul and Lyon.
  • In August 2002, Freebird Airlines is the first Turkish airline that has been granted ISO 9001:2000 Certification by TÜV Rheinland. Another MD-83 aircraft with 165 seat capacity was added to the fleet.
    In November 2003, Freebird Airlines received its first Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seat capacity. The following year, the Freebird fleet amounted to 6 aircraft with the addition of another Airbus A320.
  • In 2005, to renew the fleet, all MD-83 aircraft were discarded, and another Airbus A320 was added to the fleet. The aircraft had a face-lift with a new logo and color design.
  • In July 2006, Freebird Airlines became the first charter airline to achieve IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) Registration granted by IATA (the International Air Transport Association). Also, the airline received the first two Airbus A321 aircraft.
  • In 2009, two Airbus A320 aircraft were added to the fleet, and one Airbus A320 aircraft was discarded.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Freebird Airlines continued to change its fleet, lowering the average fleet age. Each year, a new Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seat capacity was added to the fleet. At the same time, 2 Airbus A320 aircraft were discarded in 2011.
  • In 2015, another three A320-214 were added to the fleet, and an Airbus A321 was discarded. Today, Freebird Airlines operates an “all-Airbus” fleet of 10 aircraft, nine Airbus A320 with an average age of 8.4 years and one 17.8 years old Airbus A321.
  • As of November 2018, the Freebird Airlines fleet consists of 7 Airbus A320 200 aircraft, with an average age of 9.6 years.
  • No fatal accidents involving Freebird Airlines were registered so far.