A signing ceremony and press conference was held today at Pegasus Airlines’ new headquarters at Aeropark, Istanbul, at which the airline’s order of 100 Airbus A320neo and A321ceo aircraft was unveiled as part of its strategy for growth to 2023. The order, worth $12 billion, is reportedly the largest-ever aircraft order in the history of Turkish civil aviation and is the carrier’s first step in creating a ‘Fleet of the Future’.
The ceremony – hosted by Pegasus’ Chairman Ali Sabanci and CEO Sertac Haybat – was attended by The Republic of Turkey’s Minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Binali Yildirim, Airbus Executive VP for Europe and Asia Pacific, Christopher Buckley, and senior representatives from aviation, transport and business industries.
Pegasus began operating flights in November 2005 and was named by OAG as Europe’s fastest-growing airline in 2011. Since launching, the carrier has flown 49 million passengers and is now providing 1,700 scheduled flights a week, according to Mr Haybat.
Mr Buckley commented: “Turkey is rapidly developing into Europe’s most dynamic commercial aviation market and Pegasus is one of the major players within this transformation. We are very proud that Pegasus Airlines has become Airbus’ newest customer with such a significant order of new aircraft.”
The first aircraft in the order is expected to be delivered by 2016, with completion of the order expected by 2022.
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