Turkish airline SunExpress has placed an order
with Boeing for six Next-Generation 737-800s. The order is worth
approximately $460 million at list prices.
Founded in 1989 as a joint venture between
Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, SunExpress is a scheduled and
charter carrier serving the Turkish tourist market.
The new airplanes will be equipped with
performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which will improve
efficiency and reduce fuel consumption and are already installed
across the airline's existing 737-800 fleet.
SunExpress operated its first Next-Generation
737, via a leasing company, in 2000. Since then it has grown its
Next-Generation 737 fleet to 16 airplanes.
"We are proud and grateful to
our shareholders Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa for supporting us
in adding new aircraft to our fleet via direct purchase," said
Paul Schwaiger, managing director, SunExpress. "These six new
Boeing 737-800s will become great assets for our company while
growing in domestic and international markets. The 737's stellar
reputation for environmental friendliness and superior efficiency
is an excellent fit for our business requirements."
Earlier this year, Boeing announced performance changes to the
Next-Generation 737 that will reduce fuel consumption by 2%
by 2011 through a combination of airframe and engine improvements.
Airplane structural improvements will reduce drag on the airplane,
reducing fuel use by about 1%. Boeing's engine partner,
CFM, is contributing the other 1% fuel savings through
hardware changes to its engine.
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