AIRBUS has sealed another 100-plane order worth £6bn – its second in a week.
Following last Thursday's deal with AirAsia, the European planemaker today signed a contract with Turkey's Pegasus Airlines.
The company has signed for up to 100 A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft (58 A320neo and 17 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders.
Pegasus becomes a new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo.
It means Airbus, which employs more than 6,000 staff at its wing making plant at Broughton, near Chester, has secured £12bn worth of orders in less than seven days.
Pegasus chairman Ali Sabanci said: “It is with great pride that we are placing the biggest order in the history of Turkish civil aviation with Airbus for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft.”
Airbus customers boss John Leahy added: “We are delighted to welcome Pegasus as a new Airbus customer. Airlines around the world are focused on growing their business profitably and the A320neo offers them a solution for doing just that.
“New generation technologies on the NEO, such as sharklets (modified fuel-efficient wing tips) and more efficient engines will cut fuel burn by 15%, and in addition operators will benefit from the proven high reliability of the A320 Family.”
Pegasus’ new aircraft will be configured in a comfortable all economy layout with 180 seats in the A320neo and 220 seats in the A321neo.
They will be deployed on Pegasus’ rapidly expanding network from Istanbul to destinations in Turkey, Europe and the Middle East.