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SunExpress Orders up to 90 Boeing 737 MAX Family Jets

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

SunExpress has today placed an order for 45 Boeing 737-8 and 737-10 MAX airplanes, while securing options for up to 45 more.  With the new order, Türkiye’s leading leisure carrier will more than double their 737 fleet, with up to 150 jets over the next decade.

SunExpress Boeing 737-8 MAX - Courtesy Boeing

On Monday (November 13, 2023), from the Dubai Airshow, Boeing announced that SunExpress has placed an order for 28 737-8 and 17 737-10 models, while securing options for up to 45 more MAX Family airplanes.  With the new order, the 737 fleet of Türkiye’s leading leisure carrier will grow to up to 150 over the next decade.  Today’s order builds on the airline’s previous order for 42 Boeing 737-8s, nine of which have already been delivered.  The 737-8 seats 162-200 passengers (depending on configuration) and offers a range of up to 3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km).  The 737-10, the largest MAX Family model, offers a range of up to 3,100 nautical miles (5,740 km), with both models delivering a fuel use and carbon reduction of 20 percent compared to the airplanes they replace.

In Monday’s announcement, SunExpress’ CEO, Max Kownatzki, said,

“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.  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 fulfill its role as Türkiye's tourism ambassador.”

Also commenting on the 737 MAX Family order, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, said,

SunExpress's continued commitment to the 737 MAX reflects its confidence in the airplane’s capability to meet demand from travelers to popular destinations across Türkiye and beyond.  The 737 MAX is a proven airplane on the SunExpress network, delivering unmatched fuel efficiency and reliability.”

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. 

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services.  The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP.  Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide.  As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality, and integrity.


Source: Boeing


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