FRANKFURT Feb 19 SunExpress, a joint venture
between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines,
said it was placing an order for 50 Boeing jets, worth
$4.5 billion at list prices.
The order includes 40 firm orders and 10 options, the firm
said in a statement on Wednesday, and comprises 25 Next
Generation 737-800 and 15 737-8 Max jets.
SunExpress currently leases the majority of its Boeing-only
fleet and owns just 6 of the 63 planes in its fleet. It said
that the current economic environment, where financing is easy
to come by, means it makes more sense to own planes than to
"With this decision we are securing our expansion in both
Turkey and in Europe," SunExpress managing director Paul
Schwaiger said in a statement.
The new planes will be delivered between 2015 and 2021.