Park Express, a new Turkish regional airline, announced on 23 March that it had ordered five Avro RJ100s. Park Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Park Holdings, a Turkish Conglomerate operating in the textile, energy, and transportation sectors (its holding include Havas, Turkey’s principal airport ground handling company). Mr. Atilla Celebi, former Chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines, has been recruited to set up Park Express. The airline plans to fly a network of domestic routes as well as international charters. The first two RJ100s are scheduled to be delivered in November and December of 1998, with the remaining three following in the second half of 1999. With this order, the Avro RJ orderbook stands as 148 aircraft.