Pegasus Airlines has been making digital investments and is aiming to roll-out a chip ID project on all domestic flights from Istanbul Sabiha Cokcen Airport by the end of the year.
Speaking at the Aviation Festival in London last week, CEO Mehmet Nane said it is part of the airline’s technology transformation program that was launched in 2018.
He said it has launched projects incorporating a variety of technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), big data and blockchain to self-service and mobile technologies and artificial Intelligence (AI).
The chip ID project launched in February 2019, allows domestic guests who have completed their online check-in for domestic routes, to proceed directly to their flights using the new chip ID card, without having to obtain any kind of boarding card, eliminating the need to queue and offering fast and easy flight access.
“We plan to implement it on all domestic flights departing from Sabiha Gökçen Airport by the end of 2019, allowing our domestic guests to fly “paperless”, using only their own ID cards or passports,” Nane said.
One of the next projects will be improved express baggage units, which will provide autonomous improvements, allowing the passenger to use the “drop and go” feature – which will be the first bag-drop unit in the world to operate in this way.
In the first half of 2019, Pegasus has seen significant increase in international traffic and 13.8 million passengers flew via its network, including 7.56 million on domestic routes in Turkey and 6.2 million on international routes, translating to growth of 18.3 per cent on international routes year-on- year.
On the airline’s fleet, Nane said as of August 2019, the airline had received all nine Airbus 320neo aircraft due to be delivered this year and is on track to take delivery of a first new A321neo aircraft this September and the second in the last quarter of this year.
By the end of the year, Pegasus will have a fleet if 84 with the redelivery of eight Boeing 737-800s. Pegasus has network reaching 111 destinations, including 35 in Turkey and 76 other international destinations in 42 countries.