Pegasus Airlines is ordering up to 100 Airbus passenger jets, the biggest commercial plane deal to date by a Turkish airline. This is an unprecedented move, as it is US company, Boeing, that usually supplies Pegasus with aircraft.
Airline chairman, Ali Sabanci, told a press conference in Istanbul that the airline had signed a firm order with the European consortium for 75 planes and taken options on 25 others from the Airbus A320 series, in a deal that is worth $12 billion (9.1 billion euros), however, such a large order will likely bring discounts.
Pegasus will be the first Turkish airline to put the A-320 Neo and the larger A-321 Neo jets into service. The jets have new engines and “sharklet” wing tips making the new aircraft more fuel-efficient models of Airbus’ short to medium-range airliners (see image below).
Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy was quoted as saying that the new aircraft would “cut fuel burn by 15 percent” while offering the proven reliability of a model already being operated widely around the world.
Pegasus chairman, Ali Sabanci added that such savings by the Airbus airliner along with “superior cabin comfort made it without a doubt the best choice for achieving our ambitious future development plans.”
The new aircraft will be used to service flights from Istanbul to other Turkish cities as well as destinations in Europe and the Middle East, a Pegasus statement said.