SunExpress, the joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, recorded a historic revenue increase and achieving record growth in 2018.
SunExpress grew by 10% in 2018, compared to the previous year and generated a revenue of approx. EUR 1.3 billion. The number of passengers welcomed on board in 2018 reached almost 10 million and the load factor was 84 %.
SunExpress CEO Jens Bischof, stating that SunExpress has continued its steady growth with its strong financial structure for two years in a row, added:
“In 2018, we achieved substantial growth in international capacity of approx. 10 % compared to the previous year by recording the highest revenue in our history, with a total of approx. EUR 1.3 billion. We also increased the number of passengers by 10 % to approx. 10 million passengers. With our strong financial structure and expertise as a leisure carrier, we will continue to be the backbone of air travel for the Turkish tourism industry in 2019.”
With the vision of creating an air bridge between Turkey and Europe, SunExpress offers a record capacity of 6.6 million seats from Central Europe to Turkey in 2019. Most of the 2019 record capacity increase of more than 20% will be achieved with additional flights between Turkey and Europe.
Bischof further stated:
“We are the airline carrying the most number of tourists to the Mediterranean and Aegean regions with scheduled flights. In addition, we directly connect a record number of Anatolian cities to Europe. This summer, we will operate scheduled direct flights to 36 destinations in Europe from 16 cities in Turkey.”
This year, SunExpress flies to four new cities from Antalya: Oslo in Norway, Gothenburg in Sweden, Eindhoven in Netherlands and Prague in Czech Republic. During the summer of 2019, the airline will fly to a total number of 36 international destinations from Antalya.
SunExpress will have the largest fleet in its history with 83 aircraft in 2019, Bischof added:
“The first five Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft of the 32 ordered, for delivery between 2019 and 2024, will join our fleet this April and May. We will also receive three Boeing 737 Max-9 aircraft for SunExpress Germany as well as eight additional Airbus A320 to be placed into service on international flights departing from Antalya.”