SunExpress, the Antalya-based joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, said revenue through the first nine months of 2009 rose 5.9% year-over-year to €329 million ($492.1 million) on a 29% lift in passenger numbers to 4.1 million. Load factor grew 1 point to 79.4%. It plans to launch service during the winter schedule from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to Hamburg, Nurnberg, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Zurich, Hatay and Mardin. It currently operates 23 737-800 and 757-200 aircraft.

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