Significant order from SunExpress: Holiday airline signs contract for the purchase of 50 new Boeing aircraft

19. February 2014 - 10:05

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40 firm orders for the B 737-800NG and B 737-8 MAX, as well as ten options Subsidiary of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines lays foundations for the future

SunExpress Flights Boeing_737-8 MaxThe German-Turkish airline SunExpress (Antalya/Frankfurt) has made an important decision for the further development of the company: the joint company of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines has recently placed orders for 50 aircraft from the manufacturer Boeing, including 40 firm orders and ten options. The order includes 25 jets of the B 737-800NG (New Generation) and 15 B 737-8 MAX, which is currently being further developed by Boeing as the latest model in this production series which has been successful for several decades. The option applies to ten B 737-8 MAXs.

“We are moving towards the 25th anniversary of our airline and are now setting the course of our further development in future, which is clearly targeted for profitable growth. For the first time, SunExpress has made a decision to purchase aircraft on a large scale. Up to now, the majority of the fleet consisted of leased aircraft. Only six of the current 63 SunExpress aircraft are owned by the company. In the present market environment purchasing is considerably more economical than leasing. 24 years ago we have started to fly tourist to Türkiye (Turkey) with brand-new B 737, ten years later the company began to operate the new released B 737-800NG. Now, with the new orders SunExpress starts renewing its entire fleet and also adds the latest achievement of Boeing, the B 737-8 MAX aircraft,” said SunExpress managing director Paul Schwaiger. “We have laid an important, stable foundation which to a great extent will secure the further healthy development of SunExpress. The decision in favor of Boeing was reached as a result of the better offer, but also on the basis of the outstanding cooperation ever since the foundation of SunExpress 24 years ago.”

“As an all-Boeing operator, SunExpress has built its’ quarter-century of success on the Next-Generation 737,” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Today’s record-order for additional Next-Generation 737s is testament to the value of these airplanes bring to SunExpress’ fleet, while the purchase of the 737 MAX lays the foundations for the carrier’s ambitious growth in the years ahead.”
The new aircraft will be delivered gradually between 2015 and 2021. The latest generation of medium-range jets take the current requirements of environment and climate protection into account, use 14 percent less fuel, produce less noise and emissions and, thanks to many technological innovations, require much less maintenance than their predecessors. SunExpress will in future continue to have its traditional market in Türkiye (Turkey) with the greatest choice of Turkish destinations in its program which are served from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia and other countries. Further growth sectors are the Egyptian holiday destinations on the Red Sea flown to and from Germany, as well as business with package holiday partners to sunshine destinations all over Europe.