Turkish low cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has become the first airline to take delivery of an Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s Leap-1A engines.
Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines, along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees, celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg on 21st July. The date of delivery had been in question following the turmoil resulting from the attempted coup d’état in Turkey on 15th July.
The fast-growing carrier, which currently has a 30% share of the Turkish domestic market, reported a 10.5% increase in passenger traffic for the first six months of the year, to 11.2 million. Pegasus currently operates a fleet of 62 aircraft, mostly Boeing 737-800s.
Airbus selected the LEAP-1A as one of the two powerplant options for the A320neo in 2010, and the engine flew for the first time on the A320neo on 19th May 2015. The LEAP-powered A320neo received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 31st May 2016.