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SunExpress Orders up to 180 CFM LEAP-1B Engines to Power Expanding Boeing 737 MAX Fleet

SunExpress, a leading leisure carrier, has ordered up to 180 CFM LEAP-1B engines to power up to 90 Boeing 737-8 and 737-10 MAX jets ordered at the 2023 Dubai Airshow on November 13th.

SunExpress Boeing 737-8 MAX Rendering - Courtesy Boeing

On Tuesday (November 28, 2023), CFM International announced that SunExpress has placed an order for up to 180 CFM LEAP-1B engines to power up to 90 Boeing 737-8 and 737-10 jets ordered at the Dubai Airshow on November 13, 2023.  SunExpress, a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, has been a CFM customer since launching services in 1989.  The carrier operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet, which includes 49 737-800s powered by CFM56-7B engines and 11 Boeing 737-8s.  The carrier also still has 33 737s yet to be delivered from a 2014 order. 

In Tuesday’s engine order announcement, SunExpress’ CEO, Max Kownatzki, said,


“This new order is part of our ambitious growth strategy.  We plan to more than double our fleet to 150 aircraft over the next decade to meet demand and expand our global footprint.  The reliability, fuel efficiency, low carbon emissions, and the support we expect with the LEAP-1B engines are integral to implementing that strategy.”


CFM International’s President & CEO, Gaël Méheust, added,


“SunExpress has always been an impressive airline with its growth and it has been our privilege to be a part of this team from the very beginning.  We understand the role we play in helping it execute this long-term strategy.  We are more committed than ever to keeping our promises so that SunExpress can realize its promise for the future.”

Founded in 1989 as a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, SunExpress offers direct connections between Europe, Türkiye and popular holiday destinations, flying over 175 routes to 30 countries, and carrying more than 10 million passengers annually.  The carrier maintains headquarters in Antalya and Frankfurt, as well as bases in Izmir and Ankara, and has a team of over 3,500 employees and a fleet of 66 aircraft. 


Source(s): CFM International, SunExpress


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