SunExpress, a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, has once more selected the Boeing 737 MAX to continue its robust growth. With a commitment to purchase up to 90 fuel-efficient single-aisle jets, announced at the Dubai Airshow, Türkiye’s leisure carrier will more than double its fleet into the next decade. The agreement includes 28 737-8 and 17 737-10 models, with the opportunity for up to 45 additional 737 MAX airplanes.
“Building on the resounding success of our strategy in the post-pandemic period, SunExpress is now poised for next-level growth to meet market demand and achieve a greater international footprint,” said Max Kownatzki, SunExpress CEO. “Over the next decade, we will more than double our fleet, reaching a 150-aircraft fleet by 2033. Also, the addition of the 737-10, the newest 737 MAX plane with up to 230 seats, to our fleet will allow us to strengthen our capacity further. SunExpress is well-positioned for the future and will expand its network with a more fuel-efficient and environmentally sustainable aircraft fleet, while continuing to fulfil its role as Türkiye’s tourism ambassador.”
This new commitment from SunExpress will build on the airline’s previous order for 42 737-8s, nine of which have been delivered.
Established in 1989 as a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, SunExpress acts as a tourism ambassador between Türkiye and Europe with its 30 years of experience and leisure airline expertise. SunExpress flies more than 175 routes to 30 countries and carries more than ten million passengers every year. With its headquarters in Antalya and Frankfurt and bases in Izmir and Ankara, SunExpress has more than 3,500 employees and a fleet of 66 aircraft.