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Pegasus Airlines unveils deal for 100 Airbus planes

Published on Dec 18, 2012 9:49 PM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines said on Tuesday that it has ordered up to 100 Airbus passenger jets, the biggest commercial plane deal to date by a Turkish airline and the first time that Pegasus has not placed its orders with Airbus' arch US rival Boeing.

Pegagus chairman Ali Sabanci told a press conference in Istanbul that the airline had signed a firm order for 75 planes and taken options on 25 others from the Airbus A320 series, in a deal that would carry a catalogue price of US$12 billion (S$14 billion), though large orders are routinely signed at discounts.

The purchase includes Airbus A-320 Neo and bigger A-321 Neo planes, which are the latest, more fuel-efficient versions of the group's best-selling single aisle, short- to medium-range airliner.

Pegasus is thus set to become the first Turkish airline to operate the A320 neo plane, which is to be equipped with new engines and "sharklet" wing tips that provide substantial fuel savings.

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