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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4041 posts, RR: 55
Posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10879 times:

I'd like to ask all of you guys a question.

A friend of mine is going to Turkey this summer. He will be flying Pegasus Airlines. Has anyone heard of this airline before, does it have a good image and would you recommend it?



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User currently offlineWERNAIR From Austria, joined Aug 2003, 164 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10867 times:

Flew with Pegasus from AYT to VIE 2 years ago on a 737-800! Service was great and plane was nice...
Only negative aspect: we had 3 hours delay and nobody told us why!
Regards, Wernair

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User currently offlineIcarus75 From France, joined Oct 2003, 817 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 10820 times:

Flew with Pegasus from CDG to Bodrum (round trip) back in 1995.
CDG to Bodrum : Night flight leaving Paris at 1130pm.The plane was a 737, pretty nice, light service on board (just a drink).
Bodrum to CDG : Bad and dirty plane / unfriendly F/A unable to make people seating at their place / broken seats....

Flying is amazing!
User currently offlineBigfoot From Italy, joined Dec 2003, 65 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10798 times:

It is a typical "summer charter" airline... the planes are quite new though. I flew them once, the "meal" consisted of biscuits and a drink while the F/As were decent.
All in all, a sort of Transavia in Turkish sauce.


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User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1578 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10775 times:

I flew for Pegasus for 3 years as a pilot.I can try to answer any questions you have about the airline.

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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4041 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10766 times:


My friend is having doubts if it's a trustworthy airline. Is the airline a good airline in your opinion? Would you recommend it?



User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 10744 times:

Yeah, they are really good. I went on a flight with them in 97 when they covered my Sunways Airways flight from IST-MAN. They also fly regularly from my home base NCL, as well as many other UK airports. They have went from strength to strrength. Try their website, but it was a little crappy thelast time I wan on it! Main a 737 they operate

User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1578 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 10709 times:

Although not being a EU member Turkey is a member of JAA,therefore all airlines in Turkey including the Pegasus meets the same standards as a Dutch airline in safety wise.The civil aviaiton authorities of member countries are routinly inspects all JAA member airlines and their aircraft if they meet and keep the safety standarts mandated by the JAR's.Pegasus is a company which was founded by the AirLingus in late 80's, later bought completely by the Turkish partner and flying tourist charters to Europe as well as operating some wet lease operations for foreign carriers.During my work period we flew as wet lease for the following operators(AirAlgerie,Khalifa Air,AirOne,AirSofia, Air2000,AirAstana,etc)
Pegasus operates 22 B737 type aircraft most of them the brand new -800 series(some with blended winglets).I don't know the latest number of AC because they were returning the 737-400's during the time I left the company this new year.
Pegasus airlines is the "recomended" and certified by the Boeing company to eastern Europe and middle east region for 737 type rating.The company has trained 737 pilots for AirAlgerie,AirAstana, as well as some Eastern Eurepean pilots.During the time when I left there were pilots for a Norwegian airline which I can't remember now.So pilot training is also highest standarts thats why Boeing company recomends the company.
The maintenance is done by Turkish Airlines maintenance facilities which is the most modern and biggest of Eastern Europe and middle east.Our mechanic folks are also mostly ex Turkish airlines and Istanbul airlines mechanics with very much experience.The bigger maintenances are also done by AirLingus in Dublin and Lufthansa in Germany.
About what to expect from Pegasus service is depends what you expect but in my opinion Pegasus serves unnecesserily too much for a charter airline. Depending on the time of flight you probably will be served hot drinks first,then a hot meal and alcolic beverage,another hot drink after meal and the duty free. One has to keep in mind that you are not paying to ascheduled airline but this is a part of your holiday trip and the service is dictated by the travel agency not the airline itself.So you can expect as much as you are paying for the holiday package itself.Which is the cheapest compared to the other European countries.
A broken seat is never allowed to fly with apassenger seated its simply banned for that flight until repaired but if its broken during or after boardin there is not much to do for it.
About the delays if not because of a techical fault(which any airline can have one) the most usual cause is the last minute ticket sales of the tour operators.Most operators try to sell half priced tickets 1 hour to departure time if they couldn't menage to sell all the tickets for that flight and that causes a lot of delays,extensive post 9-11 security in the airports and handling services are also major causes.

So you can board any Pegasus airplane without any doubt in your minds.I am telling this because I wouldn't and(none of my pilot collegues)would accept to fly with an airplane which is not fully safe to fly,in the first place.I hope you enjoy your flight and would love to hear post flight trip report.

Regards WING

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User currently offlineFlowings From Germany, joined Apr 2000, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 10704 times:

my experiences with Pegasus aren't the very best. I flew them from IST to DUS in September 02. Due to serious engine problems we had to change our aircraft which caused a three hour delay. In the consequence we were diverted to CGN...just to make sure that the plane could fly back to Turkey on the same evening! Eco. lunch is very well in my eyes. They even gave a free drink to every passenger to apologize for the delay.
Aircraft in service, a B738 was new but dirty. Some seats were damaged. F/A was simply unfriendly...


[Edited 2004-02-18 23:30:45]

User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1578 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10652 times:

Did your second flight diverted again with engine problems?Its a very low posibilty that can happen in a day.If the weather was the cause there is nothing to do about it.But I have witnessed occasions that some "cheap" tour operators are lying to the passengers.For example once we've landed to a German destination which was on time according to my scheduled I recieved a week ago but when the passengers arrived to the plane they were very angry accusing us being late for 6 hours.Then as we discovered that the tour operator was planned two flights from that airport that day but couldn't menaged to sell all of it so called the company cancalled the first flight but not informed the passengers.Simply said airplane was broken in İstanbul and delayed.So when we came we actually were the second airplane scheduled that day but the passengers were not aware of it.The captain also ordered a free drink service but even that couldn't repair most of their holiday spirits.

The airline business is a very huge team business and its really frustrating when because of some weak in the chain makes all efforts of other hard working people goes to waste.The charter airlines is very unlucky on this.Since most of the employees in this chain are not working for the airline itself but for other employers but the the visible part is always the airline itself.

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User currently offlineACEregular From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10610 times:

I am sure Pegasus was set up along with Spanish carter airline Futura back in 1990. they shared the same livery for each plane and each airline was linked to Aer Lingus (Guiness group). If they are anything like Futura then the 737's will be of good condition and the crew will be smart and very competent.

User currently offlineLeej From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10567 times:

I'm going to back up Wing here - I have flown PGT a number of times to BJV and DLM, and always had great service - I book people to Turkey on PGT all the time and have no hesitation in recommending them. The staff have always been courteous, and nothing seems too much trouble. If US carriers were this nice, the ANet forums would be non-existent!!
Have always had hot meals to and from the UK

User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10540 times:

Flew with them in 2002 - GOT-AYT-GOT on a B734. Both flights were ok. Although a bit unfriendly F/As and a worn cabin. I presume the 738s are a bit nicer. I am also a proud owner of a Pegasus Airlines a/c model. Big grin

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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4041 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10509 times:


I made a mistake in my sentence. I'm not going, a friend of mine was thinking of flying Pegasus. Sorry for the misunderstanding  Smile

Thanks for all the answers guys.


User currently offlineWing From Turkey, joined Oct 2000, 1578 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 10468 times:

No problem either you or your friend I hope you all enjoy your flights on board Pegasus airplanes.
And thanks to all good comments.Thanks to all other comments also because without criticisizm you can not correct the mistakes and try to make it better next time.Pegasus has a special place in my heart its my first company and I worked 3 years there.Therefore I always like to see them in good shape.I know lots of the collegues are really trying hard to make it a pleasant experience but as I said in charter operations not all the people in the chain are working for Pegasus so sometimes may cause weakness.With any complaints regarding the unfriendly FA's if you mail me your experience, the date and the flight number of your flight I can direct it to menager of cabin crews.She is a very hardworking professional lady that cares too much about this issues.

I have the same same aircraft model too.Its a 737-800 reg TC-APG.I bought it from duty free on board the aircraft itself ,after a multiple birdstrike incident during landing which caused some hydrolic lines to be broken.(Not a big deal though.)

Thanks again for flying with Pegasus airlines onbehalf of myself and the crew,wish you a happy holiday in Turkey...  Smile

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