Pegasus Airlines, the second largest airline in Turkey, has signed for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft (57 A320neo and 18 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders. Pegasus becomes a new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo.
This is the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey, and was announced today at a ceremony attended by Binali Yıldırım, the Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, Ali Sabanci, Chairman of Pegasus, Sertac Haybat, CEO of Pegasus and Christopher Buckley, Airbus Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and Pacific.
Pegasus’ new aircraft will be configured in a comfortable all economy layout with 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.
Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) (Istanbul) will launch new service to Gazipasa Airport in southern Turkey on December 17. According to Wikipedia, the Airport opened for domestic flights in July 2010 with daily flights from Istanbul with Bora Jet. International flights began with the 2011 holiday season, with flights from Amsterdam. The new airport is only 30 minutes by road from Alanya compared to a travel time of two hours between Alanya and Antalya Airport, which was previously the nearest airport. Pegasus will serve the airport with service toAnkara, Adana, Izmir, Diyarbakir, Elazig and Trabzon within Turkey and Amsterdam, Berlin, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, London, Munich, Marseilles, Paris, Pristina, Stockholm, Skopje, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich.
In addition, Pegasus will start new service to Belgrade four days a week from Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen) starting on February 1, 2013 according to Airline Route.
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Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) (Istanbul) will launch the twice-weekly Istanbul (Gokcen)-Almaty (Kazakhstan) route on January 23, 2012 according to Airline Route.
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (IATA: SAW, ICAO: LTFJ) is one of the international airports serving İstanbul, Turkey. The facility is named after Sabiha Gökçen, the first female combat pilot in the world. Located 22 miles southeast of central İstanbul, it is on the Asian side of the bi-continental city. SAW was built because Atatürk International Airport (IST) (on the European side) was not large enough to meet the booming passenger demands (both domestic and international).
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