Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines has converted 25 Airbus A321neo options to a firm order, based on an initial commitment made in 2012.

Pegasus, which was historically a Boeing operator, placed a firm order for 58 A320neos and 17 A321neos in December 2012—along with 25 options—to support its expansion plans to 2023.

At the time, deliveries of the CFM International LEAP-1A powered aircraft were scheduled to run until 2022 and the order was valued at $12 billion at list prices.

On Dec. 20, Airbus announced that Pegasus had firmed the 25 options.

“The order we placed in 2012 for 100 Airbus aircraft was the biggest order in Turkey’s aviation history at the time. We received the first aircraft of this order in Q3 2016 and now we have an agreement to convert 25 options into firm orders. We will continue to grow our fleet one step at a time,” Pegasus Airlines general manager Mehmet Nane said.

The aircraft will be supplied in Airbus’ Cabin Flex configuration, which includes door and fuselage changes aimed at improving cabin space utilization, as well as provision for greater under-floor fuel capacity for up to 4,000nm transatlantic range.

Victoria Moores victoria.moores@informa.com