Pegasus Airlines, the second-largest airline in Turkey, has signed a firm order for 58 Airbus A320neo and 17 A321neo jets and optioned another 25 A320neo-family aircraft.
Istanbul-based Pegasus Airlines becomes a new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the Airbus A320neo family.
The order is the second-largest placed to date by a European carrier for the A320neo family, only the Norwegian Air Shuttle firm order for 100 aircraft and 50 optioned aircraft being larger.
It is also the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey, according to Airbus. It is also a significant win for Airbus in that until now Pegasus Airlines has been a confirmed Boeing 737 customer.
Pegasus Airlines currently operates a fleet of 41 Boeing 737-800s and two 737-400s, the latter aircraft to be replaced when Pegasus takes delivery of two more Boeing 737-800 jets it has on order.
The Pegasus Airlines A320neo-family deal was announced on December 18 at a ceremony attended by Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication; Ali Sabanci, chairman of Pegasus Airlines; Sertac Haybat, CEO of Pegasus; and Christopher Buckley, Airbus executive vice president Europe, Asia and Pacific.
Pegasus has not yet announced its engine choice for the new aircraft, the choice lying between the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan and the CFM International LEAP-1A.
“It is with great pride that we are placing the biggest order in the history of Turkish civil aviation with Airbus for up to 100 A320neo family aircraft,” said Sabanci. “At Pegasus, we believe that everyone has the right to fly, and the A320neo with its 15 per cent fuel burn reduction combined with superior cabin comfort made it without a doubt the best choice for achieving our ambitious future development plans.”
Pegasus Airlines will configure its new aircraft in an all-economy layout, allowing 180 seats in the A320neo and 220 seats in the A321neo. They will be deployed on Pegasus’ rapidly expanding network from Istanbul to destinations in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.
Incorporating new engines and large ‘Sharklet’ wing tip devices, the A320neo family will deliver fuel savings of 15 per cent compared with existing A320-family jets, according to Airbus.
The reduction in fuel burn is equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel – the consumption of 1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year, Airbus calculates.
In addition, the A320neo family will provide a double-digit reduction in NOx emissions and reduced engine noise, according to Airbus.
More than 8,800 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 5,300 delivered, to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.