Boeing opened the first day of the Dubai Airshow with a major purchase announcement from Turkish airline SunExpress. The carrier, which is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, has ordered 45 737 MAX jets in addition to 45 purchase options.
The order includes 28 737-8s and 17 737-10s that will be used in its direct flight network to tourist destinations.
“Building on the resounding success of our strategy in the post-pandemic period, SunExpress is now positioned for next-level growth to meet market demand and achieve a greater international footprint,” said Max Kownatzki, SunExpress CEO.
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, so our fleet will allow us to strengthen our capacity further.
SunExpress already had a previous order for 42 737 MAX 8 jets, of which eight aircraft have been delivered to date.
“SunExpress’s continued commitment to the 737 MAX reflects its confidence in the airplane’s ability to meet demand from travelers to popular destinations across Türkiye and beyond,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX is a proven airplane on the SunExpress network, delivering unmatched fuel efficiency and reliability.”