SunExpress, a Turkish airline based in Antalya,
is exercising options for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8
The purchase, valued at $1.2 billion according
to list prices, adds to a previous SunExpress order for 32 MAX
"We have a long standing, strong and trustful
relationship with Boeing and thus we decided to turn our option
into an order. We stand behind our strategic decision to phase the
737 MAX into our fleet for all of its economic and ecological
advantages, mid- and long-term," said Jens Bischof, CEO of
SunExpress. "We have full confidence that Boeing will deliver us a
safe, reliable, and efficient aircraft. However, it goes without
saying that this requires the undisputed airworthiness of the
model, granted by all relevant authorities. Our utmost priority at
SunExpress is and has always been safety."
The airline, which specializes in offering
direct connections between Europe, Turkey and popular holiday
destinations, has achieved significant growth in recent years as
it steadily expanded its fleet.
Last year, SunExpress' passenger count climbed to nearly 10
million across roughly 100 destinations.
"We are honored and humbled by the trust that
SunExpress has placed in our team at Boeing. They have been a
wonderful partner over the years, demonstrating every day the
efficiency and reliability of the Boeing 737 across their growing
network," said Stan Deal, president & CEO of Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. "We regret the impact the MAX grounding has had on
SunExpress and their passengers. The Boeing team is working hard
to safely return the airplane to service and providing the
capacity for SunExpress to continue serving as the backbone of air
travel in the Turkish tourism industry."