Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines has closed the first ever sustainability-linked aircraft-secured term loan (SLL), which was guaranteed by UK Export Finance for the financing of ten new Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The transaction was led by Societe Generale, acting as global arranger, sustainability structurer, facility agent and security trustee. The highly innovative transaction is remarkable in several respects: it is the first-ever aircraft export credit facility incorporating sustainability-linked features, as well as the largest aircraft-secured sustainability-linked term loan executed in the market to date and the first one to be verified by a Second Party Opinion provided by an independent ESG ratings and analytics agency.
Net zero emissions by 2050
Pegasus Airlines, which has pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050, will reach its environmental targets through fleet optimisation, operations efficiency, and sustainable aviation fuels usage. To reach its gender diversity objectives, the airline will leverage on and further strengthen long- standing commitments in promoting gender balance.