Turkish carrier SunExpress has finalized an order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 25 Boeing 737-800s, and has taken options on 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
Boeing values the SunExpress order at more than $3.8 billion at list prices. The order is the largest in the Turkish carrier’s nearly 25-year history and brings the total number of orders to date for the Boeing 737 MAX family to nearly 1,800 aircraft.
“Twenty-four years ago we started to fly tourists to Turkey with brand-new 737-300s and 10 years later the company began to operate the Next-Generation 737-800s,” says Paul Schwaiger, managing director of SunExpress. “Next year, at the age of 25, SunExpress will start the process of renewing its entire fleet and in the future add the latest achievement of Boeing, the 737 MAX.”
The 737 Boeing Sky Interior will be standard fit on all Boeing 737 MAX jets. It features modern-sculpted sidewalls and sidewall reveals that draw passenger eyes to the aircraft’s windows, giving passengers a greater connection to the flying experience.
“With our order of up to 50 new 737 aircraft – including the 10 options – we have realized an important milestone for the future of SunExpress,” says Haci Say, deputy managing director of SunExpress. “Our company has always been a vital part of the travel trade between Turkey and the source markets of Turkish tourism.
Adds Say: “With this enormous investment SunExpress underlines its strong position among Europe’s leading holiday airlines. We are happy to grow even stronger with the help of new Boeing aircraft which perfectly suit our business model.”
Based in Antalya on the Turkish Riviera, SunExpress was founded in October 1989 as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, mainly flying leisure travelers and “visiting friends and family” traffic between Germany and Turkey.
The two flag carriers still hold equal 50 per cent stakes in SunExpress and the leisure traffic-oriented carrier has expanded to include SunExpress Germany, a division based in Germany which has become the leading German carrier in several markets between Germany and Southern Mediterranean nations, notably Egypt.
Today, SunExpress carries more than seven million passengers per year and remains one of the leading airlines between Germany and Turkey in terms of passenger numbers.
The carrier operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 60 Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 jets and serves more than 90 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.