Pegasus Airlines Istanbul Reviews
Turkish Ryanair? Apr 28, 2014
Pegasus Airlines - equivalent of Turkish Ryanair? Not so much I would say. Although Pegasus is a low-cost airline of Turkey, their customer service experience is nothing like flying with Ryanair.
This formerly a charter airline in partnership with Aer Lingus, is now owned by Esas Holding with headquarters in Istanbul.
The airline flies out mainly out of Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and reaches a lot of popular destinations. The company has an operational fleet of Boeing's 737-800 and very few Airbuses A320-200.
The booking process on Pegasus website is simple and easy with no hidden costs. Just like with other low-cost airlines, you have to pay for your seat or meal selection (which other low-cost companies don't even offer). A variety of seating and meal options are available to suit your travel needs or your pocket. Interestingly, Pegasus offers 3 different package tickets, out of which 2 include additional extras.
Hand-luggage allowance is 8 kg, but if you are flying internationally (outside Turkey), you also get 20 kg of check-in luggage absolutely free! That on its own could save you a hefty sum of €20 - €50 one way.
Once the reservation is made, you receive an electronic confirmation via email. Depending on a type of ticket you purchased, you might receive a full ticket via email link, or, in case of the cheapest fare, you will need to collect your ticket from check-in desk at the airport.
If for whatever reason you decided not to reserve a seat on-line, you will have a seat assigned during a check-in process. You will have a choice of aisle or window seating provided these options are still available on your flight. So no need to fight for those 'unreserved' seats once you on board! What a relief.
Pegasus has a one-class interior configuration on their aircrafts. The seats are a little bigger and definitely much more comfortable than the ones on Ryanair or Wizzair aircrafts. On some aircrafts, overhead projectors are installed displaying security brief, meal advertising and a computer-generated map showing the flight's progress.
Cabin crew is very smartly dressed and is always very polite, and friendly, with a smile on their face and willingness to help whenever possible which makes an outstanding impression.
Do you still think that low-coast companies treat us like cattle? I hope that Pegausus convinces you otherwise.
Cost of my return ticket Brussels Charleroi to Istanbul S. Gökçen - €180. Pretty good for a 3,5-hour flight with luggage. Highly recommended.
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