SunExpress Orders 10 More Boeing 737 MAX 8s

SunExpress has locked in an additional order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, bringing their total to 42 aircraft from the North American aerospace company. The carrier plans to use the aircraft to open up destinations between Turkey and Europe.

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SunExpress 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Photo: Boeing

What are the details?

SunExpress and Boeing came together at the Dubai Airshow to announce the order for 10 more Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This will add to their existing order of 32 aircraft.

“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,” says Jens Bischof, CEO of SunExpress in the Boeing Press release.

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“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

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The Boeing 737 MAX series has been grounded since mark. Photo: Boeing

What about the 737 MAX controversy?

However, readers are likely very familiar with the Boeing 737 MAX 8s reputation and question whether or not this order is a good move for the airline. It seems Boeing and SunExpress want to address this issue before it gets out of hand and offered their own carefully statements.

Jens Bischof said “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.”

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Stan Deal commentated “We regret the impact the MAX grounding has had on SunExpress and its 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.”

SunExpress was evidently expecting at least one Boeing 737 MAX delivery this year, which has yet to eventuate.

Who is SunExpress?

SunExpress is actually a very unique airline that is 50% owned by Lufthansa and 50% owned by Turkish Airlines. Thus with the backing of two very powerful airlines, the carrier operates cheap holiday destinations from Western Europe to Turkey with their fleet of Boeing aircraft.

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SunExpress Boeing 737-800. Photo: Eric Salard via Flickr

They currently operate 68 Boeing 737-800 and are looking to replace them with the aforementioned 42 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The fuel improvements, as well as range flexibility, make the 737 MAX a superior aircraft over the previous 737 generations… on paper.

The reality is however that the 737 MAX is mured by issues and the general public is uneasy that Boeing has truely fixed the flaw at the heart of the problem… the 737 MAX design. The aircraft has not yet been reapproved by world aviation authorities and making another order for the type that is still grounded seems like SunExpress is investing in their sunk-cost.

What do you think? Will you fly on the SunExpress 737 MAX? Let us know!

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ROGER DENNY

I will be HAPPY TO FLY IN THE NEW BOEING 737, with ANY AIRLINE that flies it .

Kaden

SAME!!!

Peter

Will you also be happy to sit in it while it’s on the ground? 😉

Sam Rittler

What if the 737 MAX’s nose dug into the ground suddenly while taxiing

stogieguy7

I’m sure it will be fine, most of the time. Of course, all of the testing in the world won’t change the fact that it’s an unbalanced Frankenstein’s monster of an a/c. But why worry.

High Mile Club

The website might be unbiased, but the people who comment sure aren’t lol. It’s just really funny to see people getting downvoted just cuz they’ll say that they are willing to fly in an aircraft others don’t like. That’s about the same as me attacking someone just because they’ll ride in an A380 well I prefer a 747. It’s really immature, and people need to grow up.

Kaden

Thanks

High Mile Club

I don’t live in Turkey, so count me out. I do know many primarily just want to see Boeing go under, so any orders for the MAX will be met with scrutiny.

Thomas M. Pecha

The Reputation of the Boeing MAX ist already ohne.gone
Very rew passengers only will soon forget the trouble with this aircraft.
Mit is only a software Problem. Mit is a massive Design Problem with an at least 50 years old concept.
I will not Fly the MAX for shure.

Porter

I’m concerned that it’s a low cost carrier so people will fly it anyways for their dirt cheap price.

mstuedel

This is a win-win situation: Boeing gets long awaited orders and signals of confidence from a long time customer, Sun Express gets an excellent deal. If they can claim losses due to the grounding or late deliveries, this might be just included and settled with this deal. Now they should just hope that the German and Turkish public will forget the Max accidents soon. With the “Geiz ist geil” (stinginess is cool) attitude of German consumers this gamble might actually pay out eventually.

Prerak Patel

Will NEVER FLY on 737 MAX which killed 346 innocent people.

eric kuritsky

Nope…I will never fly the MAX 8. I fly airlines with A320