Rendering of Boeing 737-8MAX in SunExpress livery
SunExpress, a joint-venture subsidiary of Lufthansa and Turkish Airline, has placed a firm order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 25 737-800. The order, valued at more than $3.8 billion at list prices, also includes options for 10 additional MAX 8s.
The order is the largest in the Turkish carrier's near 25 year history, and brings the total number of MAX orders to date to nearly 1,800, Boeing said Tuesday.
Based in Antalya on the Turkish Rivera, SunExpress was founded in October 1989 and is an all-Boeing operator with a fleet of more than 60 737-700s and -800s. It carries more than 7 million passengers per year to more than 90 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The new aircraft are scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2021.
“This is the first time that we have ordered new aircraft in big numbers. So far, the majority of our fleet is leased. Only six of our 63 Boeing 737-700/800s are owned. Now we start the modernization of our fleet,” SunExpress CEO Paul Schwaiger said in a statement.
He added that the new aircraft will enable the carrier to meet its network expansion goals within Turkey and across Europe.
SunExpress closed 2013 with a record-turnover of €890 million ($1.2 billion), up 18% over the previous year. Its load factors averaged 84%.
The carrier is introducing a new fares system which offers several products. These will be named SunEco (low fare, no catering), SunClassic (includes seat reservation and snack service) and SunPremium (full service).