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SunExpress Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1989; 34 years ago (1989)
Focus cities Antalya Airport
Frequent-flyer programSunExpress your benefits
Fleet size53
Parent company Turkish Airlines (50%)
Lufthansa Group (50%)
Headquarters Antalya, Turkey
Key people
  • Max Kownatzki, CEO
  • Ahmet Fevzi Çalışkan, Deputy CEO
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SunExpress, is a Turkish- German airline based in Antalya. [1] SunExpress was founded in October 1989 as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. It operates scheduled and chartered passenger flights to 90 destinations in 30 countries in Europe as well as North Africa, the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Red Sea. [2] The airline concentrates on international tourism, domestic Turkish flights to cities in Anatolia, and wet leasing. The total number of SunExpress employees is 5,000.[ citation needed]


SunExpress Boeing 737-800 in the old livery
SunExpress Boeing 737-800 in special livery to celebrate the 20th anniversary

SunExpress was founded in Antalya in October 1989 as a joint venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. Its first flight was in 1990.

SunExpress became the first private airline company to offer international scheduled flights from Turkey with its first Antalya-Frankfurt flight in 2001. 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.

In May 2010, SunExpress took 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 visual identity elements.

SunExpress Deutschland GmbH was founded in 2011. 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 along the Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Africa and Red Sea.

SunExpress decided to invest in its building and SunExpress Plaza was built in June 2012. The new company building is environmental friendly, and is located in a natural setting. The architectural theme of the building is transparency and naturalness; therefore each room has been designed so that it has access to natural light and fresh air. The sun is a source for clean energy inside the building. The solar panels on the roof generate enough electricity to supply power to all of the computers. On the exterior of the building, “smart” glass panels have been used to allow sun rays to shine inside the building while blocking out unwanted heat to help reduce cooling costs. Orange, bergamot, and lemon trees have been planted in both the interior and exterior gardens. The building consists of 1 basement and 4 floors which house 250 SunExpress employees in 87 offices. There are several special category spaces incorporating meeting, briefing, training, storage, and various special operation rooms. The building also hosts common archive room, a stationary flight simulator room and a general purpose auditorium.[ citation needed]

On 23 June 2020, it has been announced that SunExpress' German subsidiary SunExpress Deutschland would cease operations and be liquidated. [3] Its route network would be partially taken over by SunExpress and Eurowings. [4]


SunExpress serves the following destinations as of February 2021: [5]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
  Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport
  Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
  Bulgaria Sofia Sofia Airport Terminated [6]
  Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague
  Denmark Aalborg Aalborg Airport Seasonal
Billund Billund Airport Seasonal
Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport Seasonal
  Finland Helsinki Helsinki Airport Seasonal
  France Lyon Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport Seasonal
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport Seasonal
Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
  Germany Berlin Berlin Brandenburg Airport
Bremen Bremen Airport Seasonal
Cologne/ Bonn Cologne Bonn Airport
Dortmund Dortmund Airport
Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Hamburg Hamburg Airport
Hanover Hannover Airport
Leipzig/ Halle Leipzig/Halle Airport
Munich Munich Airport
Münster/ Osnabrück Münster Osnabrück International Airport Seasonal
Nuremberg Nuremberg Airport
Saarbrücken Saarbrücken Airport
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport
  Greece Athens Athens International Airport Begins 2 June 2023 [7]
  Hungary Budapest Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport Seasonal
  Iraq Erbil Erbil International Airport Seasonal [8]
  Ireland Dublin Dublin Airport Seasonal [9]
  Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport Seasonal [6]
  Italy Milano Milan Malpensa Airport
  Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport Seasonal [6]
  Moldova Chișinău Chișinău International Airport Terminated [8]
  Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Eindhoven Eindhoven Airport Seasonal
  Norway Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen Seasonal
  Poland Katowice Katowice Airport
Warsaw Warsaw Chopin Airport Seasonal Charter
  Russia Saint Petersburg Pulkovo Airport Seasonal [10]
  Slovenia Ljubljana Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport Terminated [6]
  Sweden Gothenburg Göteborg Landvetter Airport Seasonal
Stockholm Stockholm Arlanda Airport Seasonal
  Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport Begins 21 June 2023 [8]
Zürich Zürich Airport
EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg
  Turkey Adana Adana Şakirpaşa Airport
Ankara Esenboğa International Airport
Antalya Antalya Airport Focus city
Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport Seasonal
Dalaman Dalaman Airport Seasonal
Diyarbakır Diyarbakır Airport
Elazığ Elazığ Airport Seasonal
Eskişehir Hasan Polatkan Airport Seasonal
Erzurum Erzurum Airport
Gaziantep Oğuzeli Airport
Hatay Hatay Airport
Izmir İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport Hub
Kars Kars Harakani Airport
Kayseri Erkilet International Airport
Konya Konya Airport
Kütahya Zafer Airport Seasonal
Malatya Malatya Erhaç Airport
Samsun Samsun-Çarşamba Airport
Trabzon Trabzon Airport
Van Van Ferit Melen Airport
Zonguldak Zonguldak Airport Seasonal [8]
  Ukraine Kyiv Boryspil International Airport Terminated [6]
  United Kingdom Birmingham Birmingham Airport
Bristol Bristol Airport Begins 26 March 2023
Edinburgh Edinburgh Airport
London Gatwick Airport [8]
Luton Luton Airport
Manchester Manchester Airport [8]
Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle Airport Begins 28 March 2023


SunExpress Boeing 737-800

As of 12th July 2022, the SunExpress fleet consists of the following aircraft: [11] [12]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 6 180 Operated by Eurowings
Boeing 737-800 45 189 Some leased to AnadoluJet or others
Boeing 737 MAX 8 9 [13] 32 [14] [15] [16] 189
Total 60 32


  1. ^ " Imprint." SunExpress. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Company Profile".
  3. ^ "". 2020-06-23.
  4. ^ (German) 23 June 2020
  5. ^ "Flight Connections Winter 2019/2020". SunExpress. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e Liu, Jim. "SunExpress S21 network additions as of 11OCT20". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Book cheap flights to Athens International (ATH) | SunExpress".
  8. ^ a b c d e f "SunExpress Announces 2021 Summer Program". 23 February 2021.
  9. ^ "SunExpress's Izmir Dublin Flights Restart". Railly News. 9 September 2021. Archived from the original on 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  10. ^ "SunExpress plans new routes in S18". 16 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Fleet".
  12. ^ "SunExpress Fleet Details and History". January 22, 2022. Retrieved January 15, 2022.
  13. ^ "SunExpress Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 737 MAX". 8 December 2021.
  14. ^ Perry, Dominic. "DUBAI: SunExpress tops up Max orders with 10-unit deal". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  15. ^ "SunExpress places order for 50 Boeing aircraft". 19 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Boeing Inks New Deal With SunExpress Worth Billions". 19 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.

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