Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines Receives World's First CFM Powered Airbus A320neo
(Source: Airbus; issued July 21, 2016)
Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines has taken delivery of the first production Airbus 320neo aircraft, which promises double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. (Airbus photo)
Pegasus Airlines, Turkey’s leading low-cost airline, took delivery on Tuesday July 19th, its first Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines, becoming the first airline to do so for the type.

Pegasus placed the largest single order by a Turkish carrier for up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus’ site in Hamburg.

“This delivery marks the start of Pegasus’ fleet renewal with the most fuel efficient aircraft incorporating the latest technologies, aerodynamics, engines and a comfortable cabin,” said Mehmet Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines. “We have an ambitious expansion strategy and the A320neo will be the backbone of this.”

“We are delighted to be delivering our first CFM powered A320neo to Pegasus Airlines.” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “It fills us with pride that Pegasus Airlines has selected the A320neo Family to achieve its impressive growth plans. We are sure the aircraft will deliver on their expectations.”

"Today, Pegasus, Airbus and CFM are making history. Introducing a new engine family in commercial service happens almost once in a lifetime. It's a big deal, so we are very proud to do it with our long-term customer, Pegasus, and with Airbus,” said CFM International CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga.

The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo powering with the CFM International’s LEAP-1A provides operators with double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service and up to a 20% reduction by 2020.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With over 4,500 orders received from 83 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Airbus’ A320neo Family offers thanks to their widest cabin unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard.

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First LEAP-1A-Powered A320neo Aircraft Delivered to Pegasus Airlines
(Source: CFM International; issued July 21, 2016)
WEST CHESTER, Ohio --- Turkey's Pegasus Airlines has become the first airline to take delivery of the Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International's LEAP-1A engines. The delivery was marked by a private celebration at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany, on July 19th.

"This delivery marks the start of Pegasus' fleet renewal with the most fuel efficient aircraft incorporating the latest technologies, aerodynamics, engines and a comfortable cabin," said Mehmet Nane, CEO of Pegasus Airlines. "We have an ambitious expansion strategy and the A320neo will be the backbone of this."

"Pegasus, Airbus, and CFM are making history together," said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM International. "The opportunity to introduce a new engine family into commercial service happens once in a life time for many of us, so this is a very big deal. We are proud that we are sharing this moment with Pegasus. We have been with them from the very beginning and look forward to launching this new era in our relationship. This event also marks another great milestone in our long relationship with Airbus."

Airbus had selected the LEAP-1A as an option for the A320neo in 2010 and the engine flew for the first time on the A320neo on May 19, 2015. The LEAP-powered A320neo received its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on May 31, 2016.

The LEAP-1A, which powers the Airbus A319neo, A320neo, and the A321neo aircraft, features some of the industry's most advanced technologies, including 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan case; a unique debris rejection system; 4th generation three dimensional aerodynamic designs; the Twin-Annular, Pre-Swirl (TAPS) combustor featuring additively manufactured fuel nozzles; ceramics matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine; and titanium aluminide (Ti-Al) blades in the low-pressure turbine.

The engine will provide operators with double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today's best CFM engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise and exhaust gaseous emissions. All this technology is focused on providing better utilization, including CFM's legendary reliability out of the box; greater asset availability; enhanced time on wing margins to help keep maintenance costs low; and minimized maintenance actions, all supported by sophisticated analytics that enable CFM to provide tailored, predictive maintenance over the life of the product.

LEAP-1A engines are a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines and the world's leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines. To date, the company has garnered orders and commitments for more than 11,100 LEAP engines, making it the fastest-selling engine in aviation history.

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