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Pegasus Airlines Receives First A321neo From Airbus Toulouse FAL

Airbus has delivered its first aircraft assembled at its newest A320 Family Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, to Pegasus Airlines. The new Pegasus Airlines A321neo marks the first delivery from Airbus’ cutting-edge production facility.

Positioned in the former A380 “Jean-Luc Lagardère” building, the assembly line reflects Airbus’ dedication to modernization. It also meets rising global demand for the A321neo, which accounts for nearly 65% of Airbus’ A320 Family order backlog.

As the largest member of the Airbus A320neo Family, the A321neo offers unparalleled range and performance. With advanced engines and Sharklets, the aircraft reduces noise footprint by 50%. It offers 20% lower fuel burn and CO₂ emissions compared to previous single-aisle aircraft generations. It also enhances passenger comfort with the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky. Over 100 customers worldwide have ordered more than 5,600 A321neos.

Pegasus Airlines Fleet

Pegasus Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet includes 93 aircraft, comprising 6 A320ceo, 46 A320neo, and 41 A321neo. The airline has an additional 68 A321neos on order.

The delivery to Pegasus Airlines is the start of the ramp-up of the new Toulouse FAL. Along with the other A320 Family FALs in Hamburg (Germany), Mobile (USA), and Tianjin (China), it will support Airbus’ goal to produce 75 A320 Family aircraft per month by 2026.

Pegasus Launches Flights from Birmingham

Pegasus Airlines inaugurated its first flight between Birmingham Airport (BHX) and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) on December 21, 2023. The airline now operates this route three times a week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays).

Nick Barton, CEO of BHX, expressed his excitement. “I am confident that these new services to SAW will be very popular with sunseekers, pilgrims, business travelers, and individuals visiting family, both in Türkiye and across Pegasus’s extensive network covering Asia, Europe, and Africa,” he said.

Pegasus Airlines serves over 130 destinations across Asia, Africa, and Europe from its SAW hub. The low-cost carrier also connects travelers to popular Turkish destinations such as Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, and Izmir.

The airline has experienced rapid growth following the pandemic and has fully restored its operational capacity and profitability in 2022. Pegasus works to reduce its carbon footprint in alignment with IATA’s Net Zero by 2050 commitment. The airline invests in modern, fuel-efficient aircraft. It has one of the most advanced fleets in Europe, with an average aircraft age of 4.6 years as of September 2023.

BHX shares similar ambitions, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2033 by implementing low-carbon alternatives. A project is underway to install 12,000 solar panels along BHX’s northeast boundary. It will cover 20% of the airport’s electricity needs by May 2024.

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