Despite all the talk about the speed and size of growth at Turkish Airlines as it tries (quite successfully so far!) to provide a more suited alternative hub and spoke system at Istanbul Ataturk to those offered by Middle East carriers, Pegasus Airlines has just shown its own cards by placing Turkey’s largest aircraft order to date.
The order comprises a mix of 100 Airbus A320neo and A321s, with deliveries starting in 2016.
This is also significant in the fact that Pegasus to date has been a solely Boeing 737 operator, and has now chosen to switch to the European manufacturer as it seeks a “Fleet of the Future”.
The airline is hoping to capitalise further on Turkey’s dramatic growth in aviation and will challenge Turkish Airlines and other carriers’ networks from Istanbul.