Pegasus Airlines takes delivery of its first A321neo
Pegasus Airlines took delivery of the first A321neo to join its fleet as part of the 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft order. Pegasus’ new 239-seater A321neo will contribute to the reduction in the ecological footprint due to its more environmental friendly state-of-the-art technology LEAP-1A engines, similar to the other Airbus A320 family aircraft in its fleet.
Pegasus Airlines has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft as part of its 100 Airbus aircraft order signed in 2012, which was the single largest-ever aircraft order in Turkish civil aviation history at the time. Joining the fleet on 11 September, the TC-RBA certified new A321neo is named “Asem Zümra”, continuing the airline’s tradition of naming new aircraft after the newborn daughters of Pegasus Airlines employees. Pegasus’s new A321neo aircraft will reduce its ecological footprint with its state-of-the-art technology LEAP-1A and more environmentally-friendly engines.
Quiet and environmentally friendly
The Airbus A321neo, the latest addition to the Airbus family of medium-range, narrow-body aircraft, is the largest aircraft in this family. The next generation LEAP-1A engines on these aircraft are up to 50% quieter than previous models in terms of their impact on airports, in the cabin and urban areas, while also emitting less carbon annually due to their technical attributes. A321neos are at least 15% more fuel efficient than previous models due to improved new technology engines and modifications on the sharklets.
Mehmet T. Nane, Pegasus Airlines CEO, commented: “As Pegasus Airlines, we continue to steadily grow our fleet with our new generation environmentally friendly aircraft. We are delighted and proud to have received our first A321neo, the largest member of the Airbus A320 family, of which we aim to form half of our fleet by 2024. With their state-of-the-art technology environmentally friendly engines and ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) configuration, our A321neo aircraft will also reduce our ecological footprint.”
“Our mission is to perfect our guests’ travel experience”
Noting that perfecting their guests’ travel experience is one of the top priorities for the airline, Mehmet T. Nane said: “As part of our digital transformation, we continue to add something new every day to our innovative practices. Our aim is to enrich our guests’ travel experience with the new aircraft joining our fleet. The A321neo that we have received also differs from the other aircraft in our fleet as it has capacity of 239-seats.”
“We are among the biggest supporters of tourism”
Nane continued by outlining how Pegasus is growing and renewing its fleet step by step with next generation and more environmentally friendly aircraft: "We all know that Turkey has great tourism potential. The new aircraft that we will be receiving by the end of 2024 will be a driving force for us to realise this potential and to power us ahead. We, as Pegasus, supported by this driving force and the innovative technologies we have been developing, will continue to be one of the biggest supporters of our country's growth in tourism.”
The Pegasus Airlines order of 100 Airbus aircraft in 2012 marked a new growth period in the history of the airline, with the order bearing the distinction of being the largest aircraft order in Turkish civil aviation history at the time.
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