() is a low-cost carrier
headquartered in the Halkalı area of Küçükçekmece
. Formerly a charter airline in partnership with Aer Lingus
, Pegasus is now completely controlled by Esas Holding.
On 1 December 1989 two businesses, Net and Silkar, partnered with Aer Lingus
to create an inclusive tour charter airline
called Pegasus Airlines and services were inaugurated on 15 April 1990 with two Boeing 737-400
. However, four months after the launch, Iraq invaded Kuwait and the seven month occupation that followed had a serious effect on Turkish tourism."Winged Horses over Istanbul" - Airliner World
, December 2008
By 1992, tourists began returning to the country and Pegasus grew with the acquisition of a third 737-400. The airline leased a further two Airbus A320s
to meet the summer demand.
After two positive years, Aer Lingus and Net sold their shares in the company in 1994 to Istanbul based Yapi Kreditbank
, making Pegasus a purely Turkish company.
On 4 September 1997, Pegasus placed an order for one 737-400 and one 737-800 from Boeing Commercial Airplanes
making it the first Turkish carrier to place an order for the Boeing 737 Next Generation
. The airline also signed lease agreements for a further... Read More