An airline in transition: Pegasus Airlines’ fleet in 2022

Pegasus Airlines’ fleet is currently in flux, with the Turkish low-cost carrier looking to move to a single-manufacturer setup. Founded 31 years ago, it currently has nearly 100 aircraft at its disposal, with these jets coming from two leading narrowbody families.

At Pegasus Airlines, the importance of the Boeing 737 is declining. Photo: Getty Images.

Original Airbus A320s

According to data from ch-aviation.com, there are currently 90 aircraft in Pegasus Airlines’ fleet. Of these, 11 are examples of the Airbus A320. This is the standard variant of the A320ceo (‘Current Engine Option’) series of the multinational European aircraft manufacturer. Historically, Pegasus has also operated a 12th Airbus A320.

Nine of Pegasus Airlines’ Airbus A320s, with an average age of 7.6 years, are currently listed as active according to ch-aviation data. The other two are both stored at the hub of Turkish low-cost airline Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen International Airport (SAW).

According to SeatGuru data, Pegasus Airlines configures its Airbus A320s with a fully economical layout for 180 passengers. In this setup, standard seats offer 31 inches of pitch and are 17 inches wide. This configuration is common in LCCs, where easyJet also uses it.

Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320
The Pegasus Airlines Airbus A320s can seat 180 passengers. Photo: Alec Wilson via Flickr

Increasingly important – the A320neo series

With a total of 54 aircraft, the new Airbus A320neo series (‘New Engine Option’) accounts for 60% of Pegasus Airlines’ fleet. 46 of these next-generation narrowbodies are examples of the standard A320neo, and they have an average age of just 3.1 years. Only two of them are inactive due to maintenance in Istanbul (TC-NCG) and Abu Dhabi (TC-NCC).

As has become fairly common among budget airlines, Pegasus Airlines’ A320neos have 186 economy class seats. Meanwhile, with a 239-seat one-class setup, the airline’s largest aircraft are currently the eight examples of the stretched-fuselage Airbus A321neo.

Pegasus Airlines’ A321neos are also the youngest twinjets, with an average age of just 1.6 years. It has 57 more on order, bringing the total fleet of the type to 65. These arrivals will play a key role in helping Pegasus meet its sustainability goals.

Pegasus A320neo
The A320neo series will play a key role in the airline’s sustainability efforts. Photo: Getty Images

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Losing meaning – the Boeing 737-800

As it stands, Pegasus Airlines’ fleet consists of aircraft from both sides of the industry-dominant Airbus-Boeing duopoly. The Turkish low-cost carrier currently has 25 Boeing 737-800s in its fleet, 19 of which are active. Their average age is 8.8 years and they can accommodate 189 passengers in a classic all-economy configuration for budget operators.

In the coming years, however, Pegasus Airlines will phase out its Boeing 737-800s in favor of an entire Airbus fleet. During a conversation with Simple Flying last month in connection with the World Aviation Festival 2021, Pegasus CCO Güliz Öztürk explained that their end is near. She stated that “our existing 737-800 aircraft will be phased out and abandoned by 2025.”

What do you think of the move from Pegasus’ Airlines to an entire Airbus fleet? Have you ever flown with the Turkish low-cost carrier? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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