Still Growing: The Pegasus Airlines Fleet In 2024

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The Turkish low-cost carrier is now well over 30 years old, and its fleet has developed and grown considerably during more than three decades of operations. Today, data from ch-aviation shows that it has a grand total of 109 aircraft at its disposal, with an average age of just 6.3 years old. But which aircraft types does it fly?

Boeing 737s are now in the minority

In years gone by, the popular Boeing 737 family represented the backbone of Pegasus Airlines‘ fleet, with ch-aviation showing that both the 737-400 and 737-500 variants have served the carrier. It flew 13 and three of these aircraft, respectively, as well as a whopping 64 examples of the 737-800 that have now left.

As it happens, the 737-800 is now the only variant of Boeing’s best-selling single-aisle jet with any sort of representation at Pegasus, and 15 units are present today. Of these, 11 were listed at the time of writing as being active, while three of the remaining four are undergoing maintenance. The other example is in storage.

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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 just above a runway.

Photo: Soos Jozsef | Shutterstock

Pegasus Airlines’ 15 remaining units of the Boeing 737-800 are its oldest aircraft, although, with an average age of 9.6 years old, they still have plenty of flying left in them. TC-AIS is the oldest active example at 12.2 years old, having joined the carrier back in December of 2011. Meanwhile, the absolute oldest is the 16.5-year-old TC-IZI, one of the units currently undergoing maintenance.

The Airbus A320neo family has become the dominant force

Despite favoring the Boeing 737 family for much of its history, recent years have seen Pegasus move towards the next-generation Airbus A320neo series as its preferred narrowbody twinjet. Aircraft from this family currently account for 80% of the Turkish low-cost carrier’s fleet, with 46 A320neos and 41 A321neos present.

These aircraft types are comfortably the airline’s youngest, with average ages of 5.1 years old and 1.5 years old, respectively, at the time of writing. Going forward, the larger Airbus A321neo model is clearly planned to be the backbone of Pegasus Airlines’ fleet, given that the carrier has another 68 examples of the type on order.

The Turkish low-cost carrier has partnered to use SkyBreathe technology to enhance and lower carbon emissions.

A Pegasus Airlines Airbus A321neo Parked on the apron In Toulouse.

Photo: Airbus

The A321neo has also been the subject of several recent milestones regarding Pegasus Airlines’ fleet. For example, when TC-RDP was delivered to Pegasus in October 2023, it came in a special livery to commemorate the fact that it was the carrier’s 100th aircraft. Then, in December last year, the Turkish budget airline became the first to receive an A321neo from the new final assembly line in Toulouse.

Older Airbus jets

Pegasus also has seven examples of the older Airbus A320-200 model at its disposal, with an average age of 9.1 years old. Historically speaking, another six units of this popular European narrowbody have served the Turkish low-cost carrier, and one of the seven that remain today is on a wet lease from Avion Express.

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