Istanbul - Turkish low-cost airline operator Pegasus Airlines has converted options into firm orders for 25 Airbus A321neo aircraft, transitioning to an "all Airbus" fleet.
The Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen-based airline concluded an order in December 2012 for 57 A320neo and 18 A321neo, with options for an additional 25 aircraft. On Thursday, December 21st, Airbus announced that the options have been converted into firm orders.
The order for 100 Airbus aircraft we made in 2012 was then the largest in aviation history in Turkey,Mehmet T. Nane, CEO of Pegasus, said in a statement.
We will continue to develop our fleet step by step and, with our new aircraft, will continue to provide increased comfort to our passengers,he added.
As of the end of November 2017, Pegasus has received twelve A320neos.
The fleet of the low-cost airline also includes 12 A320ceo and 48 Boeing 737-800. The company plans to replace its Boeing 737s with A320 family aircraft to operate a 100% Airbus fleet from 2020.
The 25 A321neo ordered today will be delivered in the ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) configuration, which offers a new arrangement of emergency doors and exits, allowing companies to make better use of cabin space. The capacity of the A321neo can thus reach 240 passengers.
Airbus’ options for the A321neo
Pegasus is the third company to order A321neo ACFs this month, after Qatar Airways and Delta Air Lines.
With more than 5,200 A320neo family aircraft ordered by 95 customers, the European manufacturer reaches a 60% market share in the single-aisle segment.