|Quoting mercure1 (Reply 43):|
Interesting story ==> During original order TK was about to get 77ton A320 fleet, but at last minute (days prior to signing) leadership asked for a further discount, and Airbus agreed but changed to lighter 73.5ton version.
Once discovered what their executives did the TK commercial folks got upset, as it meant not being able to schedule the A320 to places like Scandinavia or deeper into Middle East as original analysis intention and had to use 738 instead.
However since as part of some of the A330 orders, TK managed to get Airbus to provide higher weight authority.
Funny you explain this story, as its virtually the same as I have heard.
Of course my knowledge is from the TK end where both the performance engineering and commercial planning staff were surprised to find out what weight aircraft the final contract had.
The only good thing out of this was lower landing and overflight fees on the A320 versus 738 which are based on weight, but for a period of time the A320s were used quite a bit domestically and not too far into Europe due to the range gap compared with 738.
Eventually, TK did get higher weight aircraft on future orders, and were able to negotiate weight upgrades as part of A330 orders.
|Quoting cyberual (Reply 44):|
Any news on Pegasus ? I will be flying them next year. Seems pretty decent LCC. I think they've added a few routes.
Yes successful LCC based at SAW on Asian side of Istanbul. Overall positive reviews/comments about them.
|Quoting JU068 (Reply 46):|
How much can they actually grow at IST given the congestion and the limited number of slots available?
Well Onur already had a few slots at IST. They operate something like 35 flights daily there already. I'm sure they can acquire a few more random slots, and maybe trade for other ones, especially now going into the slower winter season.
|Quoting OA260 (Reply 49):|
Their choice of scheduled routes is no surprise though. Will be interesting to see their fares.
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Choice of destinations indeed predictable and based on some of the top O&D markets.
I think they will get good benefits from interior Turkey, as they will not be under pressure to sell entire aircraft to/from Istanbul, but can offer links to a dozen domestic cities.