Boeing as secured an order from Pegasus Airlines for five of their Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s in a gargantuan deal valued at roughly $505 million dollars which is the expected list price at the time of delivery. Presently, Pegasus Airlines and their subsidiaries, Air Mans and Izair, operate a fleet of 58 B737-800s out 69 total aircrafts that they employ.
The airline carrier based out of Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and operates an extensive network of both domestic and regional services. Mehmet Nane, Chief Executive of Pegasus Airlines, lauded the performance of the B737-800 citing its proven reliability, popularity and top notched operating economics as the primary reason for their purchase. Nane went even farther and proclaimed,
“I am pleased that we will be continuing with this long-standing relationship that stretches back 20 years, adding more Boeing airplanes to our fleet.”
Monty Oliver, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of European Sales believes that the 737-800 is the best-selling version of the Next-Generation 737 family, referencing the 7,000 orders worldwide they have received on the aircraft since its inception.
The 737-800 is the stretched version of a 737-700 and has replaced the 737-400. It was launched by Hapag-Lloyd Flug (now TUIfly) in 1994 and entered the service in 1998. Comfortably seating 162 passengers in a two-class layout or 189 in one, it primarily competes with the Airbus A320. Burning about 850 gallons of jet fuel per hour, it uses only about 80 percent of the fuel on a comparable flight with the MD-80 while carrying more passengers. Surprisingly, the low-cost Irish airline Ryanair, is among the largest operators of the Boeing 737-800 with a fleet of over 300 aircrafts making their way across Europe and North Africa.
Fitted with leather seating throughout, inflight Wi-Fi capability, industry leading complimentary food and beverage options as well as priority boarding and a personal in-seat on-demand entertainment with up to 250 movies, over 130 TV shows, 18 radio channels and 380 albums, the Boeing 737-800 is your home in the skies. The 737-800 is among the world’s most popular business jet and is a staple across many carriers such as American Airlines, United Airlines and countless more.