Airbus Inks another Big Neo Deal

 - December 18, 2012, 9:28 AM
Pegasus Airlines A320neos now account for the bulk of the Boeing operator's orderbook. (Photo: Airbus)

Airbus has landed a firm order for 58 A320neos and 17 A321neos from Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines, the manufacturer announced Tuesday. Pegasus, the second largest airline in Turkey, also reserved options on 25 more of the re-engined narrowbodies. The contract establishes Pegasus as a new Airbus customer and makes it the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo. It now flies more than 40 Boeing 737-800s.

Announced during a ceremony attended by representatives from the Turkish government, the airline and Airbus, the deal also marks the largest single commercial aircraft order ever placed by an airline in Turkey.

Pegasus has ordered the new aircraft equipped with an all-economy, 180-seat layout in the A320neo and in a single-class, 220-seat configuration in the A321neo. The airline plans to deploy them from Istanbul to destinations in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.

The Pegasus deal comes less than a week after AirAsia placed a new order with Airbus for 100 more A320-family narrowbodies. That contract covers another 64 A320neos and 36 current-generation A320s, raising Air Asia’s single-aisle order count from Airbus to 475. Airbus has already sent the airline—its largest A320 customer—more than 100 of the airplanes, scattered around bases in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Tokyo.