Pegasus Airlines is the very well established Turkish low cost carrier based in Istanbul.
Pegasus Airlines Flights
Originally a charter carrier, Pegasus now operates a growing network of low cost scheduled services from the major Turkish leisure destinations. Pegasus has a modern fleet of Boeing and Airbus jets plus Pegasus’ chairman Ali Sabanci has also recently announced an order for 23 new generation B737-800s, doubling the size of its current fleet by 2012.
Pegasus has scheduled domestic lines flights to Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Izmir, Kayseri, Malatya, Mardin, Samsun, Trabzon and Van. From Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, it also has scheduled international flights to Amsterdam, Athens, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Krasnodar, Copenhagen, Cologne, Nicosia, London, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart, Tehran, Vienna and Zurich.
Pegasus Flights to Turkey from UK
In 2009 Pegasus Airlines has announced it is to serve Manchester and Birmingham from 2010. Pegasus, which currently flies daily between London and Istanbul, is set to expand its UK-Turkey operations to 17 flights per week to include new destinations to and from both countries. Bodrum and Dalaman will join Istanbul on Pegasus’ list of destinations out of London Stansted. Pegasus will also begin services from Manchester to Antalya and Dalaman while Birmingham will be connected to Antalya and Bodrum.
Also in 2009 Pegasus acquired a large stake in Germany’s second biggest airline Air Berlin.
In June 2016, Pegasus Airlines announced traffic results for the first five months of 2016 of 13.5% increase. Between January and May 2016, Pegasus increased its total number of guests by 13.5% year-on-year to 9.28 million. Pegasus also increased the number of flights it operates by 15.7% during the same period. Between January and May 2016, Pegasus carried 6.02 million guests on its internal routes within Turkey and 3.26 million guests on its international routes. Pegasus, who in the first five months of 2016 achieved an average load factor of 76.7%; also increased its daily aircraft utilisation by 1% to 12.2 hours.
In 2016, Pegasus Airlines also added Amman and Gabala to its network, increasing its destinations to 33 in Turkey and 70 in the rest of the world, bringing its total network to 103 destinations in 41 countries. In July 2016, Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s leading low-cost airline, took delivery of its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type.
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With over 4,500 orders received from 83 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Airbus’ A320neo Family offers thanks to their widest cabin unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.