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Pegasus Selects LEAP-1A Engine for A320neo fleet
* Deliveries set to begin in 2016
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - Pegasus Airlines has selected CFM International's advanced
LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 75 firm, 25 option A320neo/A321neo
aircraft. The airplane order was announced in December 2012 and the airline is
scheduled to begin taking delivery of the aircraft in 2016.
Total LEAP orders now stand at more than 5,300 engines.
The Istanbul-based low cost airline has been a CFM customer since it began
operations in 1990. Today, the airline operates a fleet of 43 CFM-powered
Boeing 737 aircraft on scheduled routes to 72 domestic and international
destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.
"We chose the LEAP-1A engine after an exhaustive technical evaluation," said
Mr. Sentac Haybat, CEO of Pegasus Airlines. "We know from more than 20 years
of experience the kind of world-class support CFM provides, but we have been
extremely impressed with the level of technology they are bringing to this new
engine. The fuel efficiency, environmental characteristics, and cost of
ownership make it the right engine for our fleet."
"We are delighted that Pegasus has chosen to keep CFM as its engine provider of
choice," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president & CEO of CFM International. "We are
building on a 20+-year relationship and are excited to bring the LEAP engine to
"All customer orders are important, but this win is particularly gratifying,"
said Gael Meheust, vice president of sales for CFM. "Pegasus's selection of
the LEAP-1A engine after such an incredibly thorough technical evaluation
reinforces the architecture and technology choices we have made."
The foundation of the LEAP engine is heavily rooted in advanced aerodynamics,
environmental, and materials technology development programs. It will provide
15 percent better fuel consumption and an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions
compared to today's best CFM engine, along with a 50 percent reduction in
oxides of nitrogen emissions, and up to a 15 decibel reduction in noise. All
this technology brings with it CFM's legendary reliability and low maintenance
LEAP engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between
Snecma (Safran) and GE and the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft
engines. The company has delivered more than 25,000 engines to more than 530
operators around the globe. The CFM56 fleet has logged more than 635 million
flight hours in the past 30 years as the most reliable engines in the air.
About Pegasus Airlines (www.flypgs.com<http://www.flypgs.com/>)
Pegasus joined the airline sector with the launch of its charter flights in
1990 and has been owned by ESAS Holding since 2005. It is Turkey's leading
low-cost carrier offering economically priced flights on short and medium-haul
routes. Working to the brief that everyone has the right to fly, Pegasus offers
its guests great value, on-time flights and the newest aircraft under the
auspices of its low-cost model. Pegasus flies a scheduled service to 42
international destinations and 29 destinations within Turkey, taking its guests
to 71 destinations in 29 countries.
Continuously expanding, Pegasus was named "the fastest growing airline" of
Europe's 25 largest airlines in terms of seat capacity for both 2011 and 2012
by the Official Airline Guide (OAG). In 2012 Pegasus made the single
largest-ever aircraft order in Turkish civil aviation history of approximately
US$12 billion (list price) for 100 new Airbus aircraft, of which 25 are
optional. On 26 April 2013, Pegasus Airlines listed 34.5% of its stock on the
Istanbul Stock Exchange with a public offering and began trading with the code
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