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Pegasus History


Pegasus is a leading low-cost airline in Turkey, which provides reasonably-priced transportation opportunities on point-to-point basis in short and medium range flight lines and aims to set up a wide flight network with high flight frequency for guests.

Pegasus Hava Tasimaciligi A.S, which was founded as a joint venture company on 1990 by Aer Lingus Group, Silkar Yatırım ve Insaat Organizasyonu A.S. and Net Holding A.S., entered into commercial operation with two airplanes.

After being acquired on 2005 by Esas Holding A.S. owned by Sevket Sabanci and his family, Pegasus started scheduled domestic flights in November of the same year and became the 4th top among the scheduled airlines operating in Turkey.

According to the final structure of partnership after the Initial Public Offering; 34.5 % of shares are floating in Borsa Istanbul and 65.5% belongs to Esas Holding A.S, whereas the rest is owned by Sevket Sabanci and his family.

2020 2020

Birleşmiş Milletler Kadının Güçlenmesi Prensipleri (Women’s Empowerment Principles – WEPs) platformuna katılan dünyadaki ilk havayolu şirketi olduk.

İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen Havalimanı’nda terminal içi hizmetler olan, check-in (misafir kabul), boarding (uçak kabul), kayıp ve hasarlı eşya hizmetleri gibi pek çok alanda hizmetlerimizi kendi personelimizle verirken, 29 Mart itibarıyla İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen’deki uçaklarımız için ramp hizmetlerimizi de vermeye başladık.

Türkiye İhracatçılar Meclisi tarafından düzenlenen Türkiye’nin 500 Büyük Hizmet İhracatçısı Ödül Töreni’nde ikincilik unvanını aldık. 

2016 2016

We obtained a new cabin simulator that can be used to prepare for all types of emergency scenarios.

2013 2013

We began trading 34.5% of our shares on Borsa Istanbul using the code 'PGSUS'.

2012 2012

We signed a $12 billion contract to add 100 new Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft to our fleet. The initial order consisted of 75 new aircraft with the optional extra of 25 more.

2011 2011

Integrated Groundlink End to End Network Solutions System into fleet, becoming the first airline in the world to do so

Built a flight training centre with the latest flight simulation technology, placing Pegasus in the top 10% of companies out of the world's 582 airlines with this simulator

Invested $22.3 million in two innovative technologies, making it a groundbreaking achievement in the history of world aviation

In the first 6 months took delivery of 6 new aircraft, making a total of 24 aircraft out of projected fleet of 40 Boeing 737-800s

Increased flight network to 19 destinations within Turkey and 30 internationally –total of 49 in 22 countries

Added Sivas, Bucharest, Tehran, Skopje, Pristina and Erbil to schedules

2010 2010

For the first time in Turkey offered mobile phone check-in using a barcode. Also offered an online facility to purchase extra weight allowances for luggage and optional online seat selection

Flew 8.6 millionth guest

Between 2006 and 2010 number of guests carried on all flights within Turkey increased by 15%. However Pegasus saw an overall increase of 42% in the number of its guests

Took delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 which was the 14th of planned fleet of 40 aircraft

Added Hatay, Paris, Marseilles, St Etienne/Lyon, Rome, Milan, Stockholm, Beirut, Tbilisi and Kharkov to schedules

Started a pre-ordered meal option before flights

2009 2009

Added Konya, Athens, Basel, Brussels, Berlin and Krasnodar to schedules

Made and showed film demonstrating cabin safety using the children of Pegasus family members

2008 2008

Started to name new aircraft after baby girls recently born to members of staff in the Pegasus ‘family’. Also gave the name 'Gulce' to new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, delivered in August

Started a car hire service online

In partnership with HSBC Bank introduced a flight and shopping card, the Pegasus Card

Started flights to Samsun and Cologne

2007 2007

Took delivery of first aircraft named 'Hayirli', first of our planned fleet of 40 Boeing 737-800s. The biggest single investment ever made in the Turkish private aviation sector, valued at USD 3.2 billion

Became sponsors of the PWA Windsurf World Cup

Started selling travel insurance online

Added Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Munich, Copenhagen, London and Zurich to schedules

2006 2006

Began the Pegasus cafe service

Started scheduled flights to Izmir, Bodrum, Dalaman, Kayseri, Gaziantep, Malatya, Nicosia and Vienna

Started first international scheduled flights, kicking off with Stuttgart

2005 2005

Introduced Ekopark services for our guests

Introduced online seat selection

In January ESAS Holding bought Pegasus. Chose Sabiha Gokcen Airport as the main hub for fleet of 14 aircraft. In November started flights within Turkey to 6 destinations

1990 1990

Aer Lingus, Silkar Investment and Net Holding joined forces to found fleet with 2 aircraft

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