|Parent company||Turkish Airlines|
Güneş Ekspress Havacılık A.Ş., doing business as SunExpress, is a Turkish airline based in Antalya. It operates scheduled and chartered passenger flights to various destinations in Europe, Asia and North Africa.
The airline was established in October 1989 and started operations in April 1990 with a charter service between Antalya and Frankfurt. SunExpress was founded as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and the Lufthansa Group/Condor Flugdienst. In 1995, the Lufthansa Group transferred its SunExpress shares to Condor. All tourist flights operate under a single unit. In February 2007, all Condor shares were retaken by the Lufthansa Group as Condor was acquired by Thomas Cook AG (now Thomas Cook Group).
SunExpress is currently a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and the Lufthansa Group, each owning 50 percent of the airline. With 886 employees the company is the largest employer in Antalya. SunExpress counts 393 employees in Izmir, 299 in Istanbul, 178 in Ankara, 42 in Anatolian cities and 334 in Frankfurt, Germany. The total SunExpress workforce number is 2.132 with other domestic bases.
Operating touristic charter flights between Europe – specifically Germany – and Antalya for a long time, SunExpress became the first private airline company to offer international scheduled flights from Turkey with its first Antalya-Frankfurt flight in 2001.
Increasing its scheduled flights rapidly day-by-day, SunExpress opened its second base in İzmir and started to operate domestic flights in 2006. With this launch, SunExpress became the first airline company to connect İzmir with Anatolian cities with direct flights in Turkey.
The company announced a comprehensive re-branding and product enhancement project by the end of its 20th anniversary, which was celebrated at an event in Antalya on 1 May 2010. At this event SunExpress welcomed its next 20 years with the delivery of the first of six newly purchased Boeing 737-800s and launched its new corporate identity including its new logo, aircraft livery, new corporate colours, uniforms and entire visual identity elements. SunExpress also revealed many brand new features to create extra quality and value for its customers. The launch of SunPoints – SunExpress’ frequent flyer programme – and direct flights between Anatolia and Germany for the first time in Turkey were also the other highlights of 2010 for SunExpress.
SunExpress was given a further boost in 2011 with the foundation of SunExpress Deutschland GmbH. The company started business operations in June 2011. Besides the Turkish destinations on the South Coast, on the Aegean, on the Black Sea and in the East of the country it also serves – with German registration – destinations on the Red Sea and on the Nile in Egypt, Canary Island(Spain) since November 2011. Frankfurt – Hahn and Varna (Bulgaria), Batman, Bremen, Enfidha (Tunisia), Lefkosa and Strasbourg destinations were later added into flight network.
SunExpress serves the following destinations as of April 2017:
As of January 2020, the SunExpress fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Boeing 737-800||65||—||189||Including German subsidiary.|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||—||42||TBA|
Further aircraft are operated by SunExpress' German subsidiary SunExpress Deutschland under its own operational license.
- "Imprint." SunExpress. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- Company profile Retrieved 17 August 2013
- "Flight Connections Summer 17" (PDF). SunExpress. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- Liu, Jim (22 October 2018). "SunExpress adds Bahrain service from 8 Nov 2018". routesonline.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
- Турецкие курорты стали еще доступнее с Kidy Tour (АвиаПорт). АвиаПорт.Ru (in Russian). 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "SunExpress schedules German routes from Ordu Giresun in S17". routesonline.com. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- "SunExpress plans new routes in S18". routesonline.com. 16 November 2017.
- "Fleet". sunexpress.com.
- "SunExpress places order for 50 Boeing aircraft". reuters.com. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "Boeing Inks New Deal With SunExpress Worth Billions". fool.com. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- Perry, Dominic. "DUBAI: SunExpress tops up Max orders with 10-unit deal". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
Media related to SunExpress at Wikimedia Commons
- SunExpress official website (in English)