Dear Stakeholders and Valued Guests,
As Pegasus Airlines, we set out on 1 November 2005 with the belief that “everyone has the right to fly”; and became a pioneer in Türkiye by adapting the globally successful low-cost airline model for the first time in the country. As part of the low-cost airline model, we offer our guests low fares and leave them the freedom of choice to shape their travels according to their needs with extra products and services.
This initial step we took in 2005 to change aviation in Türkiye has grown exponentially since then. Back then, we were a domestic airline operating scheduled flights to six destinations with 14 aircraft; today, we have become Türkiye's leading low-cost airline operating flights to 125 destinations in 47 countries with our fleet of 96 aircraft as of the end of 2022. We are among the world’s leading representatives of low-cost air travel in terms of operational and financial performance.
While working tirelessly towards operational excellence for nearly two decades, we have also been leading our industry in digital transformation, advocating for inclusivity and diversity, and supporting aviation's sustainability targets.
Since we began our digital transformation in 2018, we have been offering our guests digital technologies and unique innovations to enhance the travel experience, with our approach that focuses on the guest experience. My Flights, Express Baggage, and Travel Technology with New Chip-ID Card projects are just a few examples. We closely follow technological developments and continue to break new ground in our industry.
As a company highly committed to inclusivity and diversity, we carry out significant efforts especially in the field of gender balance. We are proud of the fact that our female employees play an important role in all areas of our company, from pilots to senior executives. As a company tradition, we name our new aircraft after the daughters of our employees. We are proud to have been the first airline in the world to join the UN Women's Empowerment Principles platform and one of the first airlines in the world to sign IATA's “25by2025” initiative.
We are sincere in our support for sustainability targets of the aviation and we continue our determined efforts in line with IATA's commitment to “Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050”. We have reinforced our commitment to this goal with our interim target for 2030. We aim to reduce our flight-related carbon (CO2) emissions per unit passenger kilometre (RPK) by 20% by 2030 compared to 2019. We continue working to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with low carbon emissions produced from environmentally friendly and sustainable sources.
The pillars of our sustained success will continue to be our pioneering digital transformation efforts, our fleet transformation with new generation aircraft, our ever-expanding flight network, our investment in technology and people, our support for aviation’s sustainability targets, and our advocacy for inclusivity and diversity.
As always, we will work tirelessly for our country, our industry, our stakeholders, and our guests in 2023, the year we proudly celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Türkiye.
Mehmet T. Nane
Chairperson of the Board of Directors