Pegasus selects new narrowbody, but keeps quiet on airframer

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Turkey's Pegasus Airlines has "aligned itself to a manufacturer" for a new narrowbody order, says chairman Ali Sabanci, but he declines to identify the winning airframer.

Speaking at the 2012 World Low Cost Airlines Congress in London, Sabanci said that the Turkish leisure carrier would soon announce which of Airbus and Boeing's re-engined narrowbodies it had selected to bolster its fleet of 39 Boeing 737s.

Sabanci said the order would be for "a lot more than 40 aircraft", but would not give a precise number. Previous reports from the carrier suggest it will be for around 100 units.

He said that the deal would not be dependent on an initial public offering which may happen in around six months to a year.