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ESTABLISHED IN 1989 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1990. INCLUSIVE TOUR CHARTER OPERATOR. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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ANTALYA, TR-07100, TURKEY
TURKEY: ONCE THE CENTER OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE, TURKEY WAS FOUNDED IN 1923 AS A SECULAR STATE WHOSE POPULATION IS OVERWHELMINGLY MUSLIM THOUGH NOT ARAB. A LONG-STANDING MEMBER OF NATO AND A CANDIDATE FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU), TURKEY HAS LOOKED TO THE WEST AS A MODEL. EXCEPT FOR BITTER WATER DISPUTES WITH SYRIA AND IRAQ, TURKEY HAS USUALLY MANAGED TO SIDESTEP REGIONAL POLITICS. WITH A DEVELOPED ECONOMY BUT LITTLE OIL, IT RELIES ON A VAST NETWORK OF MEGA DAMS FOR HYDROELECTRIC POWER AND IRRIGATION.
Turkey (the Republic of Turkey) was established in 1923, which includes Northern Cyprus (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus - figures follow), it covers an area of 779,452 sq km, its population is 66 million, its capital is Ankara, and its official language is Turkish.
Northern Cyprus (the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) covers an area of 3,355 sq km, its population is 0.2 million, its capital is Nicosia, and its official language is Turkish.
APRIL 1990: FIRST FLIGHT, FRANKFURT TO ANTALYA.
JUNE 1996: OWNED BY TURKISH AIRLINES (THY), & LUFTHANSA (DLH). LUFTHANSA (DLH) TRANSFERRED ITS SHARES TO CONDOR AIRLINES (CDF)/THOMAS COOK (JMA) IN ORDER TO GATHER THE ENTIRE "TOURISTIC" FLIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF.
CHARTER FLIGHTS TO AUSTRIA, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, FINLAND, GERMANY, ISRAEL, ITALY, SPAIN, SWEDEN & SWITZERLAND.
202 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 112 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 29 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
1 A320-200 (428) (V2500), TRANSAER (TSD) 6 MONTH WET-LEASED.
JUNE 1997: 285 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 140 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 29 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
NOV 1997: YOSUF BOLAYIRLI, CHAIRMAN REPLACES CAPTAIN ATILLA CELEBI.
APRIL 1998: 295 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 60 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 25 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
APRIL 1999: 283 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 67 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 118 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 85 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
(email@example.com). SITA: AYTQALH.
JUNE 1999: 5 ORDERS (JANUARY 2000) 737-800'S, (ILF) LEASED.
AUGUST 1999: UWE JACOB, TECHNICAL & PURCHASING DIRECTOR REPLACES ANDREAS GHERMAN, WHO HAS JOINED LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LTK) (DLH) AS MANAGER MAINTENANCE FACILITIES, BERLIN.
SEPTEMBER 1999: +4 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2000) 737-86N'S (28612; 28614; 28616; 28620), (GECAS) (GEH) LEASED.
JANUARY 2000: 1 737-800, (ILF) LEASED. 737-430 (27007) RETURNED.
FEBRUARY 2000: 737-3YO (24676) RETURNED TO (GEH). 1 737-86N (28614, TC-SUB), (GEH) LEASED.
APRIL 2000: 282 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 49 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 105 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 39 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
737-4YO (25190), & 737-3YO (24910) RETURNED TO (GEH), LEASED TO MALEV (HGA).
MAY 2000: 1 737-86N (28620, TC-SUD) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 2000: PAUL SCHWAIGER, GENERAL MANAGER, REPLACES FLORIAN HAMM WHO RETURNED TO LUFTHANSA (DLH).
OCTOBER 2000: IN MARCH 2001, TO FRANKFURT AND LONDON (737-800).
PETER JANSSEN, TECHNICAL & PURCHASING DIRECTOR, EX-LUFTHANSA TECHNIK (LTK) REPLACES UWE YAKOB, WHO LEFT (SNS).
NOVEMBER 2000: IN MARCH 2001 WILL CONVERT SERVICES TO FRANKFURT AND LONDON FROM CHARTER TO SCHEDULED.
737-3YO (24908) RETURNED TO (AFJ). 2 737-73S'S (29079; 29081), EX-ISRAIR (ISA), PEMBROKE (PEB) LEASED.
APRIL 2001: 282 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 49 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 105 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 39 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
TO FRANKFURT (DAILY).
AUGUST 2001: (http://www.sunexpress.com.tr).
MARCH 2002: 300 EMPLOYEES.
APRIL 2002: 282 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 49 FLIGHT CREW (FC); 105 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA); & 39 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAIN BASE: ANTALYA INTERNATIONAL (AYT).
August 2002: Plans to return its 2 leased 737-700's in 2003 and to standardize on the larger 737-800.
October 2002: 1st 737-8CX (32365, TC-SUG) delivered with winglets.
November 2002: 2 737-8CX's (32366, TC-SUH; 32367, TC-SUI), (GAX) leased, with winglets. 737-330 (26431) returned to Lufthansa (DLH).
April 2003: (http://www.sunexpress.de). (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 2003: 420 employees. (email@example.com).
September 2003: In March 2004, Antalya to Zurich (3x-weekly).
2002 = 2.48 billion (RPK) passenger traffic (-7.6%); 1.1 million passengers (PAX) (-4.1%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billions):
151 (ALO) 2.61; 152 (MESABA) 2.59; 153 (AIR WISCONSIN) 2.57; 154 (ADH) 2.54; 155 (ACN) JAZZ) 2.53; 156 (SNS) 2.48; 157 (USA) EXPRESS) 2.47; 158 (JAA) 2.45; 159 (HORIZON AIR) 2.33; 160 (SHG) 2.41.
January 2004: 737-86N (28612, TC-SUA), returned to (GECAS) (GEF).
February 2004: 737-85F (28822), (GATX) (GAX) leased. 737-86N (28614) returned to (GEF).
April 2004: 410 employees.
Antalya to Zurich (2x-weekly).
737-86N (28620) returned to (GEF), leased to Pegasus (PGS). 737-85F, ex-Novair (NOO).
May 2004: 737-4YO (24494), (ACG) leased.
June 2004: 737-4YO (24494) short-term wet-lease to GermanWings (RFG).
July 2004: Anatalia to Moscow (737-800, weekly).
August 2004: East Line (ESL) Technik has contract for technical maintenance on SunExpress (SNS)'s 737-800's that operate to Moscow Domodedovo.
December 2004: In March 2005, Antalya to Basel/Mulhouse.
February 2005: 737-86Q (30274, TC-SUU), ex-Virgin Blue (VOZ), Boullioun (BOU) leased.
July 2005: 452 employees (including 85 Flight Crew (FC), 190 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 46 Maintenance Technicians (MT).
August 2005: In winter, scheduled flights from Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin Schoenefeld, Zurich, Hannover, & Stuttgart to Izmir (737-800, 12/week).
November 2005: SunExpress (SNS), owned by Condor (CDF) and Turkish Airlines (THY), opened a new base in Izmir, where it will keep two airplanes and offer flights to Antalya, Andana, Diyarbakir and Trabzon. Next summer it will begin service to Amsterdam, Paris Orly, Athens and London Stansted. From its Antalya base, it will launch service to Vienna, Stansted and possibly Scandinavia. (SNS) will add 3 757-200s in 2006, bringing the fleet to 9 737-800s and 4 757s. It also will add 200 employees. It reported a 31% turnover growth in the 1st 10 months of 2005, from €131 million ($153.6 million) in the year-ago period to €171.6 million. Traffic increased +30% (RPK)s over the same period.
(SNS), will add 2 757-200s next year. (SNS) already operates 10 737s and 757s. It transported 1.3 million passengers through the 1st 9 months, a +18% rise over the year-ago period.
January 2006: SunExpress Airlines (SNS) of Turkey placed an order with (CTT) Systems for Zonal Drying Systems to be installed this year on 2 737-800s.
March 2006: 757-2Q8 (26271, TC-SNB), (ILF) leased again, delivery.
April 2006: SunExpress (SNS), jointly owned by Turkish Airlines (THY) and Thomas Cook Airlines (JMA), increased its turnover in 2005 by +30.5% to €197.2 million/$238.1 million. Passengers grew +30.1% to 1.76 million, with load factor at 81% LF. Starting with the summer schedule, SunExpress (SNS) opened a new base at Izmir. It operates a fleet of nine 737-800s and four 757-200s.
Effective April 27, all (SNS) flights will be dispatched from Antalya airport's Terminal 1.
June 2006: 1 used 757-200, (ILF) 5 year leased.
July 2006: Sunexpress Airlines (SNS) is a scheduled and charter, jet airplane carrier serving the tourist market from Turkey to European destinations.
Employees = 578 (including 89 Flight Crew (FC); 268 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 68 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: XQ - 564. (ICAO) Code: SXS (Callsign - SUNEXPRESS).
Parent organization/shareholders: Turkish Airlines (THY) (50%); & Thomas Cook Group (JMA) (50%).
Alliances: Turkish Airlines (THY).
Main Base: Antalya International Airport (AYT).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Antalya; & Izmir.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Basle/Mulhouse; Berlin; Cologne; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Friedrichshafen; Hamburg; Hanover; Leipzig/Halle; Munich; Nuremberg; Paderborn; Saarbreuecken; Stuttgart; & Zurich.
Being the only private airline company, which has scheduled flights from Turkey to abroad, SunExpress (SNS) has nonstop flights from Antalya to Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Basel. SunExpress (SNS) serves scheduled flights with its 10 737 airplanes from Antalya to the major cities of Germany and 14 capitals of Europe with Lufthansa (DLH) connections.
Passengers can fly with SunExpress (SNS) from Antalya to London, Paris, Prague, Brussels, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam, Zurich, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Moscow, Oslo, Stockholm and Warsaw by taking a connection with Lufthansa (DLH) in Frankfurt. Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Nurnberg, Dresden, Hanover, and Muenster are among the destinations in Germany that can be reached via Lufthansa (DLH) connection.
70% of the tourists that SunExpress (SNS) carries are German. SunExpress (SNS) also has flights to Austria, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Sweden, Norway and Slovenia. Researches on new markets are continuing.
Direct routes from all over Europe Germany is the biggest market for SunExpress (SNS) with a passenger share of 75%.
SunExpress (SNS) operates flights to Turkey from over 20 airports, amongst them main airports such as Frankfurt-Main, Dusseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, but also smaller regional airports such as Paderborn, Erfurt and Friedrichshafen.
10th 737-800 delivery. All 737-800s leased by SunExpress (SNS) are equipped with blended winglets installed by (THY) Turkish Airlines Maintenance Center.
September 2006: SunExpress (SNS), the joint venture between Turkish Airlines (THY) and Condor Airlines (CDF), said turnover through the first seven months of 2006 increased +26% to €128 million/$163.6 million. Passenger numbers were up +33% to 1.2 million.
SunExpress (SNS) announced the launch of an Izmir - Gaziantep service and said that InterCockpit, a subsidiary of Lufthansa (DLH) Flight Training, will handle student pilot (FC) training.
October 2006: Aviareps signed a contract with SunExpress (SNS) of Turkey to be its General Services Agent (GSA) in Austria.
December 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to sell its 50% stake in leisure travel group Thomas Cook (JMA) to KarstadtQuelle for €800 million/$1.05 billion, but will raise its stake in Condor Flugdienst (CDF) from the present 10% to 24.9% and receive the shares held by (CDF) in Turkish holiday airline SunExpress (SNS).
The accord still requires the approval of both the (DLH) and KarstadtQuelle boards and relevant regulatory authorities, (DLH) said, adding that the transactions are scheduled to be finalized in the 2007 1st quarter. (DLH) and KarstadtQuelle each currently hold a 50% stake in (JMA), and (CDF) is presently 90% owned by (JMA).
"This decision is in continuation of our strategy of focusing on core business, consistently trimming the portfolio to concentrate on our core competencies and creating added value for our company," (DLH) Chairman & (CEO) Wolfgang Mayrhuber said. "The new structure furnishes (JMA) and KarstadtQuelle with optimum opportunities to develop in the tour operator business. We intend to invest only in our core business."
To that end, (DLH) believes it can contribute to the growth of (SNS), which "has established a leading position as a holiday carrier operating flights to Turkey," Mayrhuber said, adding that (DLH) will work with future Star Alliance (SAL) partner Turkish Airlines (THY), a stakeholder in (SNS), to expand that position.
January 2007: SunExpress (SNS) will launch service from London Stansted to Antalya (2x-weekly on February 8) and Izmir, 4x-weekly starting March 26).
February 2007: SunExpress (SNS), the Lufthansa (DLH)-Turkish Airlines (THY) joint venture, said it will order 2 more 737-800s, bringing its fleet to 11 737-800s and 4 757-200s. The new airplanes will be delivered in April and May. "It is the 1st time that we have bought airplanes and not leased them," Managing Director Paul Schwaiger said. He said (SNS) transported around 2.35 million passengers in 2006, up +34% from 2005, with a load factor of 79.4% LF. Turnover rose +24% to +€244 million/+$316.9 million. In 2007, it expects to carry 3 million passengers on 21,000 flights, with revenue >€300 million. For its summer schedule, it will increase flights from Izmir to Frankfurt and Cologne, to daily and said it soon will announce several new European destinations from Izmir and Antalya.
April 2007: SunExpress (SNS), is increasing its presence in Izmir, where it will employ 160 and base 4 aircraft during the summer schedule. It will operate 56 weekly flights to 11 Turkish cities and 40 to 11 international destinations. (SNS) expects this year to breach the 3-million-passenger mark for the 1st time in its 17 years of operation, up from 2.6 million in 2006. (SNS) flies 10 737-800s and 4 757-200s and will add 2 more 737-800s in 2008.
Starts Ercan - Izmir - London Stansted (STN), - Amsterdam, using 737-800s.
July 2007: SunExpress (SNS) signed a five-year contract to use the Lido RouteManual from Lufthansa (DLH) Systems. It also has the option of migrating to the electronic version of the navigation charts, the Lido eRouteManual, during the term of the contract.
August 2007: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture between Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), that operates bases in Antalya and Izmir, reported a +36% year-over-year increase in passengers to 1.3 million in the 1st half of 2007. (SNS) expects to surpass the 3 million mark this year (compared to 2.3 million in 2006). It operates a fleet of 14 737-800s and 757-200s.
September 2007: SunExpress (SNS) said it will operate >100 daily flights from 20 German airports to its bases in Antalya and Izmir, starting at the end of October. (SNS) operates a fleet of 10 737-800s and 4 757-200s and employs 800. (SNS) said it will transport 3 million passengers this year.
December 2007: SunExpress (SNS) will add 3 737-800s in March through May, bringing its fleet to 14 737-800s and 3 757-200s, Managing Director, Paul Schwaiger said. (SNS) expects to carry >3 million passengers in 2007 and realize revenue of €300 million/$438 million.
January 2008: SunExpress (SNS) will open a 3rd base in Turkey at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen. (SNS) will base 2 airplanes there starting with the new summer schedule, operating flights to Eastern Anatolia and Western European destinations. (SNS) currently operates from Antalya and Izmir. It carried 3 million passengers last year, up +27.3% from 2006, as revenue rose +23.6% to €300 million/$445.4 million. Come summer, the carrier will operate 14 737-800s and 3 757-200s. 10 airplanes will be based in Antalya, along with 850 staff, while 5 airplanes and 185 staff will base in Izmir.
February 2008: 737-8HX (29649, TC-SUZ), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
March 2008: SunExpress (SNS) will launch 3x-weekly service from Istanbul Sabhia Gokcen to Cologne and Berlin Schoenefeld, as well as 2x-weekly flights to Hannover on March 30. (SNS) took delivery of its 14th airplane, a 737-800, last month.
737-8HX (29684, TC-SNE), ex-Delta Airlines (DAL), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
April 2008: SunExpress (SNS) said it will be expanding its fleet to up to 25 airplanes. It will take delivery of at least 8 Boeing (TBC) airplanes by 2010, including 2 more 737-800s during the summer. It currently operates 11 737-800s and 4 757-200s. It opened its 3rd base at Istanbul Sabhia Gokcen on April 9 with 2 737-800s based there, and started flights to Antalya, Izmir, Berlin Schoenefeld, Hanover, and Cologne.
737-8HC (36529, TC-SNF), sold to and leased back from (GECAS) (GEF).
May 2008: 737-8HC (36530, TC-SNG), delivery.
July 2008: SunExpress (SNS) said 1st-half turnover rose +31.3% year-over-year to €161.6 million/$256.8 million. Passenger numbers climbed +35% to 1.8 million, and load factor was up +2.9 points to 75% LF. Managing Director, Paul Schwaiger said demand is very strong and that the carrier has had to lease an additional 737-800, resulting in a fleet of 18 737-800s and 757-200s.
February 2009: SunExpress (SNS) reported a +33.8% year-over-year increase in 2008 revenue to €406.8 million/$526.2 million on a +40.9% surge in passenger numbers to 4.2 million. Load factor rose +1.1 points to 77.6% LF. (SNS) said it was profitable but did not release financial figures.
(SNS) operates 14 737-800s and 3 757-200s and will take delivery this year of 3 737-800s that will replace the leased 757s. (SNS) will fly 816 weekly frequencies to 87 destinations during the upcoming summer schedule.
March 2009: Sun Express (SNS) carried 4 million passengers last year.
May 2009: SunExpress is adding "20th anniversary" logos to its 19 airplanes - - SEE PHOTO - - "SNS-737-8CX-MAY09."
(SNS) said it will buy 3 additional 737-800s and lease 5 737-800s to bring its fleet to 25 of the type by the end of next year, by which time it will phase out 3 757-200s.
July 2009: SunExpress (SNS) ordered 6 737-800s worth $460 million at list prices. (SNS) currently operates 16 737NGs and 3 757s.
October 2009: (SNS) said revenue through the first nine months of 2009 rose +5.9% year-over-year to €329 million/$492.1 million on a +29% lift in passenger numbers to 4.1 million. Load factor grew +1 point to 79.4% LF. (SNS) plans to launch service during the winter schedule from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen to Hamburg, Nurnberg, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Zurich, Hatay, and Mardin. (SNS) currently operates 23 737-800s and 757-200 airplanes.
April 2010: Aviation Capital Group (CGP) extends the leases of 2 737-8HXs (29649; 29685).
737-8HC (40775, TC-SNN), delivery.
May 2010: Turkish (THY) Technic signed an airplane paint services agreement and a 5-year wheel & brake maintenance services agreement with SunExpress (SNS) covering (SNS)'s 737-800s. The work will be performed at Turkish Technic's Istanbul hangar.
737-8HC (40776, TC-SNO), delivery.
June 2010: 737-8HC (40777, TC-SNP), delivery.
July 2010: 737-8HC (40754, TC-SNR), ex-(N179SB), delivery.
September 2010: 737-8HC (40755, TC-SNT), delivery, ex-(N1786B).
October 2010: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) said it took delivery of 2 SunExpress (SNS) (CFM56-7B) engines at its Hamburg engine overhaul center, the 1st 2 powerplants it will overhaul as part of a 10-year Total Engine Support deal signed earlier this year covering (SNS)'s (CFM56-7B)s powering its 737-800s.
November 2010: Sunexpress (SNS) is evaluating establishing a German-based subsidiary with which it would operate direct flights from Germany to Egypt and Turkey. (SNS) as the Joint Venture (JV) between Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY) this month took delivery of its 25th 737-800; it will transfer 3 757-200s back to lessors.
December 2010: Sunexpress (SNS) will establish a subsidiary called SunExpress Germany next summer. Based in Frankfurt, the new carrier will take over SunExpress flights between eight Turkish and German cities using 3 737-800s. From Winter 2011/12, the fleet should double to 6 airplanes and also operate flights from Germany into Egypt. Operating with a German Air Operators Certificate (AOC), it is allowed to transport passengers from the European Union (EU) to other non-(EU) countries like Egypt.
SunExpress (Antalya) (SNS) expects to carry a total of 6.5 million passengers in 2010 and projects a turnover of €500 million/$662.7 million. It recently joined (IATA) (ITA).
According to its website, SunExpress (SNS) took delivery of its sixth 737-800 this year and now operates 25 of the type, with an average age of 5.3 years, one of the youngest fleets in Europe.
January 2011: SunExpress (SNS) is setting the stage to launch its new subsidiary, "SunExpress Germany," and plans to double its fleet to 50 airplanes by 2015. Beginning next month, the management of the new SunExpress Germany will take their positions, and flights with three leased 737-800s should start in May, (SNS) Managing Director, Paul Schwaiger said.
Based in Frankfurt, Sunexpress Germany will take over (SNS) flights between Germany and Turkey. Operating with a German Air Operators Certificate (AOC), it is permitted to transport passengers from the European Union (EU) to other non-(EU) countries such as Egypt. The German unit's fleet should grow by an additional 2 airplanes per year up to a total of 15 737-800s.
(SNS) operates 25 737-800s (with an average age of 5.3 years) plus the 3 airplanes for Sunexpress Germany. Under existing growth plans, the carriers will add a further 22 airplanes by 2015, but Schwaiger said that (SNS) cannot get any production slots for new 737s from Boeing (TBC) before 2016 and that (SNS) is looking at alternatives such as leasing. He believes the airline is too small to economically operate both Boeing (TBC) and Airbus (EDS) fleets.
Schwaiger said that half the carrier’s business is on domestic routes within Turkey. Last year, Turkish carriers transported 52.2 million domestic passengers, up +27.3% from 41 million in 2009. (SNS) had a share of around 3.3 million passengers.
Looking forward, Schwaiger notes that 2011 will be a year of consolidation within the domestic market. “But in 2012, we will be looking for new ideas [regarding the domestic market],” he said.
(SNS) does not expect to report a profit for 2010. “We phased out our 757s, added 6 737s, created a new livery, and [did] many other things to prepare the company for the future, but all this cost a lot of money,” he said. A total of 6.7 million passengers flew with (SNS) in 2010, up +19% compared to 2009. It generated €510.7 million/$699 million in total revenue.
Schwaiger is targeting carrying 8 million passengers in 2011 and a €600 million turnover. The carrier has 1,400 employees, including 350 pilots (FC) and 650 cabin crew (CA).
March 2011: Turkish Technic has a 5-year landing gear maintenance services agreement with SunExpress (SNS) covering (SNS)'s 737-800s.
June 2011: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) reached a Total Technical Support contract with SunExpress (SNS) Deutschland to provide technical support for (SNS) Deutschland's six 737-800s. The SunExpress Deutschland subsidiary began operations June 8.
July 2011: Turkish Technic signed a four-year total airplane base maintenance services agreement, a total landing gear support agreement and a five-year total (APU) support agreement with SunExpress (SNS) Deutschland covering its fleet of 737-800 airplanes. SunExpress Deutschland started operations in June with three 737-800s.
SunExpress (SNS) reported that 1st half 2011 revenue increased +44% year-over-year to €271million/$390 million. (SNS) transported 3.4 million passengers in the 6-month period, up +18.6%. (ASK)s grew +12.3%, mostly owing to international expansion.
January 2012: SunExpress (SNS) has introduced 3 new routes from Izmir:
Izmir - Basle/Mulhouse: weekly 737-800 service has started on April 5, 2011;
Izmir - Dortmund: 2x-weekly 737-800 service has started on November 1;
Izmir - Erzincan: 2x-weekly 737-800 service (already launched).
It has however given up its Ankara Esenboga - Munich, Elazig -Stuttgart and Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen - Nuremberg routes.
Subsidiary, SunExpress Deutschland, (IATA) Code: XG, based in Frankfurt International, has added 2 additional ex-Sun Express (SNS) 737-800s and has launched several routes to Egypt this winter season as previously announced:
Berlin Schönefeld - Hurghada: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Berlin Schönefeld - Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service;
Berlin Schönefeld - Sharm el Sheikh: weekly 737-800 service;
Dusseldorf International - Gaziantep: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 20;
Dusseldorf International - Hurghada: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Dusseldorf International - Kayseri: 2x-weekly 737-800 service has started on October 31;
Dusseldorf International - Luxor - Hurghada - Dusseldorf International: weekly 737-800 service;
Dusseldorf International - Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service;
Frankfurt International - Hurghada: weekly 737-800 service;
Frankfurt International - Luxor - Hurghada - Frankfurt International: weekly 737-800 service;
Frankfurt International - Sharm el Sheikh: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Munich - Hurghada: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 2;
Munich - Luxor - Hurghada - Munich: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 6;
Munich - Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 5;
Munich - Sharm el Sheikh: 2x-weekly 737-800 service has started on November 1;
Stuttgart - Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 5.
It has however given up its services from Dusseldorf International and Frankfurt International to Elazig and from Frankfurt International to Malatya, Samsun and Trabzon. Sun Express Deutschland is expected to take delivery of 3 additional 737-800s in spring 2012.
March 2012: SunExpress (SNS) has taken over a 1st ex-AnadoluJet (ANJ) 737-700 that it now operates on behalf of AnadoluJet (ANJ). It is expected to take over several other airplanes that are currently operated by Turkish Airlines (THY) flight crews (FC) as it can operate the airplane for (ANJ) at lower costs than its parent.
(SNS) will lease its fleet of 28 737-800s to make better use of over-capacity during the low-demand European winter season. Several airplanes could be wet- or dry-leased for traffic outside Europe, especially to the Southern Hemisphere, to cover (SNS)’s strong seasonal difference. The fleet has a high utilization rate in the European summer months. (SNS) plans to add several more 737-800s this year.
(SNS) will operate 1,000 weekly flights between Europe and Turkey in the summer season. Its subsidiary, SunExpress Germany, will operate service between Germany and Egypt, as well as an intensive domestic network inside Turkey. (SNS) transported 7.7 million passengers last year, up +15.8% over 2010. Turnover increased +30.3% to 666 million.
April 2012: Air Berlin (BER) as well as Condor (CDF), germanwings (RFG), Pegasus Airlines (PGS), Sun Express (SNS), Sun Express Deutschland (SXD) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will all have to adjust their schedules at Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer airport (CGN) after a decision by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia to impose a night flight ban on passenger flights between midnight and 5 am. Cargo flights will not be affected by the ban and an effective date has not yet been set. All of the carriers mentioned have made extensive use of the 24 hour operations at the airport, especially for leisure flights targeting less time sensitive travellers.
July 2012: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture between Turkish Airlines (THY) and Lufthansa (DLH), will curtail its fleet expansion plan this year due to overcapacity in the Turkey aviation market.
(DLH) Executive & Group Airline (CEO), Stefan Lauer said that (SNS)’s portfolio has changed. “It [has] extended domestic operations” and “is now playing a role as an operating platform for (THY)’s subsidiary, AnadoluJet (ANJ),” he said, pointing out the growth rate of business and leisure routes to/from turkey have slowed down. Therefore, he said, instead of the planned deliveries of six 737-800s, (SNS) “will add just 2 of the type this year.”
(SNS) operates a fleet of 28 737-800s, according to its website.
August 2012: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), will reduce capacity for the coming winter season by cutting weekly flights between Europe, Turkey, Germany and Egypt to 200, compared to 1,000 in the summer season. On the domestic side, (SNS) will operate around 200 weekly flights between 16 destinations for the winter.
(SNS) will also launch 3x-weekly, Frankfurt - Casablanca services on October 29.
Subsidiary, SunExpress Germany (SXD) will launch up to 28 weekly services from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne and Leipzig to the Egyptian destinations of Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Marsa Alam.
(SNS) announced last month it would curtail its fleet expansion plan this year due to overcapacity in the Turkey aviation market.
(SNS) transported 7.7 million passengers in 2011, up +15.8% year-over-year.
February 2013: AnadoluJet ((ICAO) Code: AJA, based at Ankara Esenboga International (ESB)) (ANJ) will take over most domestic routes of sister carrier Sun Express ((IATA) Code: XQ, based at Antalya (AYT)) (SNS) from Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen International (SAW) in the upcoming summer season, although flights will continue to be operated by Sun Express (SNS) but under Turkish Airlines (THY) flight numbers and the AnadoluJet (ANJ) low-cost brand. (ANJ) currently already serves Adana (ADA), Ankara Esenboga International (ESB), Erzurum (ERZ), Kayseri Erkilet (ASR), Sivas (VAS) and Trabzon (TZX) from Sabiha Gökcen. Between April and June, Sun Express (SNS) domestic routes to Diyarbakir (DIY), Gaziantep Ozugeli (GZT), Hatay (HTY), Kars (KSY), Mardin (MQM), Samsun Carsamba (SZF) and Van (VAN) will be transferred. Sun Express (SNS) will continue to serve Antalya (AYT) and Izmir Adnan Menderes (ADB) from Sabiha Gökcen domestically as well as several destinations in Germany.
April 2013: SunExpress (SNS) inaugurated services on the 2,500 km route from Izmir (ADB) to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) on April 28. (SNS), which already connects the Swedish airport with 6 Turkish destinations, now offers weekly flights on the route. 737-800s are deployed to carry out the service, which was previously operated in summer 2010. Passenger numbers at Izmir rose by +9.5% to 9.4 million in 2012, making it Turkey’s 4th busiest airport.
May 2013: SunExpress (SNS) began weekly, Frankfurt - Enfidha, Tunisia. (SNS) inaugurated services on 2 new routes from Izmir (ADB), 1 domestic and 1 international. On May 2nd, (SNS) commenced flights from Izmir (Turkey’s 3rd most populous city) to Oslo (OSL) in Norway. The service, which was last operated by (SNS) in October 2010, is offered with a weekly frequency. On May 6th, (SNS) added a domestic service to its offering from Izmir, as it started flying to Batman (BAL) located in SE Turkey. Flights on the 1,200 km route are performed with 3x-weekly frequencies. (SNS) uses 737-800s to operate both routes.
July 2013: SunExpress (SNS) expanded its German offering from Izmir (ADB), as it added services on its 11th route to the country. Beginning on July 4, (SNS) operates a 3x-weekly schedule on the 2,000 km route to Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), using 737-800s to carry out the service.
737-86J (28071, TC-SBG), ex-(EI-FBV), Babcock & Brown (BBB) leased.
August 2013: SunExpress (SNS) plans to establish a hub in Izmir, Turkey.
Founded in 1989 as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines (THY) and Lufthansa (DLH), (SNS) has used that time to expand its fleet to nearly 50 airplanes (currently operating 40x 737-800s and 8x 737-700s), carries >7 million annual passengers and has established itself as 1 of the leading carriers between Germany and Turkey. In fact, (SNS) has the #2 spot in terms of scheduled traffic between the 2 countries, with a 19% market share, about two-thirds the size of market leader (THY), which has nearly 50,000 weekly seats.
Based in Antalya, but with further hubs in Izmir and at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, (SNS) began domestic flights in March 2006. By launching its domestic operation in Izmir, Turkey’s 3rd-largest city, this was a fresh approach to intra-Turkish services, which had previously tended to be centred on hubs in Istanbul and Ankara. The airline now operates to 17 Turkish airports (according to "Innovata / Diio Mi") on an expanded internal network which has also seen domestic hub operations open up alongside the existing international ones at Antalya and Sabiha Gökçen. Its continued domestic expansion has seen the significance of its Turkish home market take on even more prominence over the past few years.
The latest piece in the airline’s developing network jigsaw came in 2011, with the foundation of sister company SunExpress Germany (SXD) (operating under (IATA) code (XG)), resulting in (SXD) starting routes from Germany to Egypt and Tunisia. However, both country markets still represent <2% of the 2 airlines’ weekly flights in Spring 2013 and Winter 2013.
Although both airlines are scheduled carriers, there is still a significant seasonal element to the combined flying programs. Comparing a week’s schedule in August 2013 with a week in December, the number of weekly flights will have been slashed by -24% come the winter. Airports being operated from through the summer, but which will not be flown to during the winter, include 3 in Austria (Graz, Linz and Salzburg) 2 in Germany (Frankfurt Hahn and Münster/Osnabruck) and 1 in Turkey (Elazig). However, both Leipzig and Paderborn in Germany will be added for the winter, meaning that net destinations falls by 4 from 42 to 38. Again, comparing summer and winter schedules, Berlin Tegel is not in the top 10 airports in Winter 2013, falling to #14, and is replaced by the eastern Turkish city of Van. The German capital however does not suffer the biggest frequency cull between the seasons (-43%), this unenviable accolade goes to Frankfurt which will see a 44% reduction, with Düsseldorf not far behind at -39%. Only 1 of the top 10 routes will actually see any frequency growth this winter (namely Diyarbakir in SE Turkey) which will receive another 2x-weekly frequencies from both Izmir (up to 2x-daily) and Antalya (up to daily), to register its planned 24% growth.
Again comparing summer and winter schedules, Berlin Tegel is not in the top 10 airports in Winter 2013, falling to #14, and is replaced by the eastern Turkish city of Van. The German capital however does not suffer the biggest frequency cull between the seasons (-43%), this unenviable accolade goes to Frankfurt which will see a 44% reduction, with Düsseldorf not far behind at -39%. Only one of the top 10 routes will actually see any frequency growth this winter – namely Diyarbakir in SE Turkey (which will receive another 2x-weekly frequencies from both Izmir (up to 2x-daily) and Antalya (up to daily), to register its planned +24% growth.
These top 14 routes represent 44% of the two airlines’ total weekly seats for the representative week. Annual growth across the international routes in the graph since August 2012 is +17%, with a +43% increase on the Antalya to Stuttgart route being the most significant capacity hike. There are no routes registering a yearly decline, although weekly flights between Antalya Frankfurt and Munich have gone unchanged.
Since the start of 2013, (SNS) has launched 6 new routes, all from its main operational hub in Izmir – with 2 to Germany (3x-weekly, Frankfurt Hahn; weekly, Bremen), one each to Turkey (3x-weekly, Batman), Sweden (weekly, Stockholm Arlanda), Norway (weekly, Oslo) and France (weekly, Strasbourg). In May, SunExpress Germany (SXD) had intentions to launch flights to Erbil in Iraq from Düsseldorf, but these appear to have been shelved for now.
For the remainder of 2013, the 2 airlines have 5 new services on the cards. 3 new routes from (TAV)-operated Gazipasa Airport to Germany are planned to launch in November, with flights to Düsseldorf (3x-weekly), Frankfurt (2x-) and Leipzig (2x-). More interestingly perhaps, SunExpress (SNS) will begin daily flights from Sabiha Gökçen to Düsseldorf (October 27) and Munich (January 30 2014), operated on behalf of one of its parents, Turkish Airlines (THY), as the national carrier continues its expansion from the Istanbul airport.
October 2013: SunExpress (SNS) will increase measures to reduce overcapacity on its 737-800 routes during the winter season. (SNS) wants to expand wet-lease activities and deploy airplanes in different traffic areas. “The challenge operating a leisure carrier like (SNS) is the weak demand of capacity during the winter season compared to the summer,” (CEO) Paul Schwaiger said.
Turkish Airlines (THY) (CEO), Temel Kotil said (THY) wants to help (SNS). “They have the airplanes and we need capacity,” he said.
Last year, (SNS) reduced capacity by cutting weekly flights between Europe, Turkey, Germany, and Egypt. It also curtailed its fleet expansion plan due to overcapacity in the Turkey aviation market.
SunExpress (SNS) operates 29 airplanes for (THY)’s low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, AnadoluJet from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, (SNS) said. Iy is understood that (SNS) operates several of its own airplanes (as well as (THY) airplanes) for Turkish subsidiary, AnadoluJet. “This long-time cooperation secures utilization for crews and fleet year-round and delivers guaranteed earnings during [the] winter,” Schwaiger added.
(SNS)’ top focus remains on its core business—operating 30 737-800s on leisure routes. 9 737-800s are registered in Germany to be able to operate from European Union (EU) countries to destinations including Egypt, Tunisia, Canary Islands, and Spain.
SunExpress Germany (SXD) was established in 2011 and will operate 56 weekly flights from Frankfurt during the upcoming winter season. It transported 520,000 passengers in the first nine months of 2013.
(SNS) recently established Izmir as a hub, which connects 14 Turkish domestic destinations as well as flights to Salalah/Oman and Ercan/North Cyprus.
During the winter season, (SNS) operates 350 weekly flights between Turkey and Europe, as well as 200 weekly domestic flights. (SNS) said its financial turnover for the first nine-month period in 2013 grew +12.8%; load factor rose +3.3 points to 85% LF compared to the year-ago period.
November 2013: SunExpress (SNS) inaugurated operations on 6 new charter routes from Germany to La Palma (SPC) in the Spanish Canary Islands on November 1st with the launch of services from Stuttgart (STR). All flights are operated with single weekly frequencies using 737-800s.
(SNS) will operate 400 weekly flights between Turkey and Europe during the summer 2014 schedule. An additional 40,000 seats per week will be offered compared to the same period in 2013. (SNS) flies from 35 European destinations (including 20 German airports as well as 6 in Austria and Switzerland) to 13 destinations in Turkey.
Starting from April 2014, SunExpress (SNS) will add new services from its Izmir hub to Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lyon, Nantes, and Paris Charles de Gaulle. (SNS) will also operate 100 weekly domestic flights in Turkey in summer 2014.
From 6 German airports, subsidiary, SunExpress Germany (SXD) will add new flights to Heraklion, Rhodos, Malta, and Venice.
February 2014: SunExpress (SNS) has placed a firm order for 15 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 25 737-800s. The order, valued at >$3.8 billion at list prices, also includes options for 10 additional MAX 8s.
The order is the largest in (SNS)'s near 25 year history, and brings the total number of 737 MAX orders to date to nearly 1,800.
Based in Antalya on the Turkish Riviera, (SNS) was founded in October 1989 and is an all-Boeing (TBC) operator with a fleet of >60 737-700s and 737-800s. (SNS) carries >7 million passengers per year to >90 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The new airplanes are scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2021.
“This is the first time that we have ordered new airplanes in big numbers. So far, the majority of our fleet is leased. Only 6 of our 63 Boeing 737-700/800s are owned. Now we start the modernization of our fleet,” (SNS) (CEO) Paul Schwaiger said.
He added that the new airplanes will enable (SNS) to meet its network expansion goals within Turkey and across Europe.
(SNS) closed 2013 with a record-turnover of €890 million/$1.2 billion, up +18% over the previous year. Its load factors averaged 84% LF.
(SNS) is introducing a new fares system which offers several products. These will be named SunEco (low fare, no catering), SunClassic (includes seat reservation and snack service) and SunPremium (full service).
April 2014: SunExpress (SNS) added 3 European links to its offering, all of which are operated weekly, utilizing its 189-seat 737-800s. On April 8th, (SNS) commenced services (Tuesdays) on the 2,807 km sector from Kayseri (ASR) to Amsterdam (AMS). 3 days later, on April 12th, (SNS) inaugurated (Saturdays) the 2,201 km airport pair between Izmir (ADB) and Copenhagen (CPH), while on March 13, it launched operations (Sundays) from Izmir (ADB) to Paris (CDG). There is no competition on these 3 airport pairs. Furthermore, the service to Copenhagen will see a frequency increase to twice-weekly from May 1st.
May 2014: SunExpress (SNS) has begun serving its 4th destination in France (joining Lyon, Paris (CDG) and Strasbourg) and its 34th from its Izmir (ADB) hub on April 27th (a weekly (Sundays) service to Nantes (NTE). Flown by the (SNS)’s 189Y-seat 737-800s, the 2,535 km sector will face no direct competition.
January 2015: Turkish Airlines (THY) (CEO), Temel Kotil said that new SunExpress (SNS) long-haul Airbus A340-300 operations will not affect (THY)’s long-haul business.
February 2015: News Item A-1: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture (JV) of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), is on track to start long-haul operations for Eurowings (EWG) in November from Cologne.
News Item A-2: SunExpress (SNS) will add five Boeing 737-800s to its fleet this year, from an order for 25 of the type and up to 25 737 MAX 8s placed in February 2014. Deliveries are scheduled through 2021.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Austrian Airlines (AUL) (CEO), Jaan Albrecht has been asked to head up SunExpress (SNS), creating a vacancy at (AUL), which will formally merge with Tyrolean.
Albrecht will continue as (AUL) (CEO), until the end of May, taking up his new role on June 1. He will replace current (SNS) Managing Director, Paul Schwaiger, whose contract has expired, although Schwaiger will stay on until mid-July to support the transition. (AUL) said its supervisory board will make a decision on Albrecht’s successor at a later date.
“The decision to ask Jaan Albrecht to assume a new position within the Lufthansa Group was not easy for us. After all, he led (AUL) out of a crisis and achieved a turnaround. However, his good international contacts and his experience in different positions in the airline sector make him an ideal (CEO) of (SNS),” (AUL) Chairman, Harry Hohmeister said.
The former Star (SAL) Alliance (CEO) has accepted his reassignment to (SNS), the Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY) joint venture (JV). “I will say it straight out. It is with a heavy heart that I will be leaving Vienna and Austrian Airlines (AUL) at the end of May. But I am leaving with a good feeling about the situation, because (AUL) is well on track. At the same time, I am also happy to be able to contribute my experience once again to such an important international (JV),” Albrecht said.
Albrecht began his career as a pilot (FC) with Mexicana (CMA), where he progressed into various senior operating and commercial management positions. He served as (CEO) of the Star (SAL) Alliance for 10 years before becoming Chairman & (CEO) of (AUL) in November 2011.
The changes were announced on the eve of (AUL)’s April 1 merger with Tyrolean, which will see 3,000 flight attendants (CA) and pilots (FC) transfer back to (AUL) under the carrier’s new collective labor agreement.
“The entire flight operations will be integrated into (AUL), and the add-on “operated by Tyrolean” will no longer be used as of this date. Moreover, all station employees in the federal provinces and all employees in the Flight Operations administration will also switch over to (AUL)” (AUL) said.
News Item A-2: SunExpress (SNS) 737-800 underwent Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) work at Turkish Technic (THY) to get ready for a busy summer 2015 season. This "HABOM" (MRO) facility can take up to 10 narrow body airplanes. SEE PHOTOS - - "SNS-2015-03 - THY TECHNIC MRO-A/B.jpg."
May 2015: On May 22, SunExpress (SNS) launched its latest route from Antalya (AYT), Turkey, with 2x-weekly service (Tuesdays and Fridays) to Memmingen (FMM), in Germany. Operated by (SNS)’s 737-800’s, the 2,078 km faces no direct competition. This latest route means that (SNS) now serves 20 German airports from its Antalya hub according to (OAG) Schedules Analyser data.
June 2015: SunExpress (SNS) started its only scheduled route to Belgium on June 30, linking Izmir (ADB) with Brussels (BRU) on a 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Sundays) basis. The 2,261 km sector will be operated by (SNS)’s 189-seat 737-800s. Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TCW) also flies the airport pair weekly. The route is planned to operate until October 20.
July 2015: Honeywell Aerospace (SGC) has signed a contract with SunExpress (SNS) to supply cockpit technologies for its first delivery of newly purchased Boeing 737-800 airplanes. (SGC) will provide (SNS) with cockpit avionics, including the IntuVue 3-D Weather Radar and the SmartTraffic Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). With these technologies, (SNS) hopes to increase operational efficiency and maintain compliance with current and future industry safety regulations.
The full suite of avionics also includes: quantum line communication and navigation sensors, Mode S transponders, flight data and cockpit voice recorders, Flight Data Acuquisition Management (FDAMS), and Aircraft Communications Addressing & Reporting System (ACARS).
Other low-cost carriers (LCC)s, including IndiGo (IGO) and Southwest Airlines (SWA) have recently selected Honeywell (SGC) to provide safety and efficiency technologies for their new airplane fleets.
October 2015: "SunExpress to Launch First Eurowings Long-haul Flight November 2" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann, October 27, 2015.
SunExpress (SNS) will launch its 1st Airbus A330-200 long-haul flight for Eurowings (EWG) from Cologne to Varadero, Cuba, on November 2. The aircraft are part of a wet-lease contract.
In addition, (SNS) will operate 567 weekly flights from 119 airports scheduled during the summer of 2016, up +9% year-over-year.
(SNS) also confirmed it will add 5 737-800s to its fleet by October and +7 more in 2016, from an order for 25 of the type and up to 25 737 MAX 8s placed in February 2014. Deliveries will be through 2021.
(SNS) will reduce the average fleet age from 11 years (in summer 2015) to 3.6 years in 2021. It currently operates 72 737-800s.
Former (CEO) Paul Schwaiger said he expected (SNS) to operate around 100 aircraft by 2017, transporting >10 million passengers.
February 2016: SunExpress (SNS) has appointed Peter Glade as Commercial Director Sales, Marketing, Network & Revenue Management from March 1.
Glade is former Austrian Airlines (AUL) VP Corporate Strategy & Partner Management as well as Director Market Development & Sales for the Star (SAL) Alliance. Starting in February, Francesco Sciortino had been appointed as Director Operations for the Germany-based subsidiary, SunExpress Deutschland (SXD). Sciortiono come from Lufthansa (DLH) Flight Operations and is a pilot (FC).
March 2016: News Item A-1: Lufthansa Group low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Eurowings (EWG) is delivering unit costs of up to -30% lower than its hub airlines, Lufthansa (DLH) Chairman & (CEO) Carsten Spohr said during the group’s financial results conference.
(DLH) established Eurowings (EWG) in 2015 as a pan-European (LCC) platform, which it expects to grow quickly to become its second strong brand, especially for point-to-point traffic. “The aviation industry is changing rapidly. The unit costs at (EWG) are already up to -30% lower compared to our hub airlines,” Spohr said. “In addition, we plan to reduce unit costs by a further -10% every year until 2018.”
Spohr said load factor was 96% LF on (EWG)’s long-haul flights in January and 94% LF in February. “Eurowings (EWG) attained operational stability on long-haul routes. And we consider securing this operational stability a greater priority than rapid growth.”
SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture (JV) of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), launched its 1st Airbus A330-200 long-haul flight for Eurowings (EWG) from Cologne to Varadero, Cuba, on November 2, 2015. The aircraft are part of a wet-lease contract.
By the end of the year, (EWG)’s long-haul fleet is expected to grow to 6 A330-200s (wet-leased from SunExpress (SNS)) and 1 TUIfly (TUG) 767-300ER. (EWG) remains focused on long-haul routes to the Caribbean and North America.
Also by year-end, (EWG) is eyeing 360 short-haul and 17 long-haul destinations from 8 bases, including Vienna, where (EWG) Europe has its head office.
Spohr said Eurowings (EWG) is considering operating from Munich by 2017 - 2018. “We [Lufthansa Group] didn’t grow enough in Munich over past years. (EWG) is a growth idea, so we are evaluating [this option], especially for leisure traffic. This move would not replace Lufthansa (DLH) flights,” Spohr said.
He said (EWG) should expand substantially and enlarge the route network, especially in areas where (DLH) mainline cannot grow.
In November 2015, the Lufthansa Group invited airlines to join Eurowings (EWG) as franchise companies.
July 2016: Air France Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) was selected by SunExpress (SNS) to provide (CF6-80E1) (Airbus A330) maintenance.
October 2016: SunExpress (SNS) (CEO) Jaan Albrecht has requested an early termination of his contract and will step down at the end of December, creating a vacancy at the Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY) joint venture (JV). He said he will take up a new opportunity for personal development in January 2017.
The former Star (SAL) Alliance and Austrian Airlines (AUL) (CEO) moved in as SunExpress (SNS) (CEO) in June 2015. Albrecht was Star (SNS) Alliance (CEO) for 10 years and led (AUL) for 4 years.
(SNS) board Chairman Ilker Ayci said the company will decide on a replacement soon. “We will make this decision after consideration of all interests and choose the most suitable person. Independent of this, SunExpress (SNS) is an economically sound airline that has established itself as a service provider in the market,” Ayci said.
Albrecht leaves (SNS) in in the midst of “challenging conditions” in the tourism sector, including a series of terrorist bombings in Turkey, which depressed yields and slowed bookings because of decreased demand.
December 2016: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), is expected to report a solid 2016 performance, despite “challenging conditions” for the airline industry in the tourism sector (including a series of terrorist bombings and a failed coup attempt in Turkey, which depressed yields and slowed bookings because of decreased demand). “So far, our 2016 yield has dropped by <10% compared to the year before,” (SNS) Commercial Director Peter Glade said.
January 2017: The Lufthansa Group appointed Ms Heike Birlenbach as the new VP Sales & (CCO) Frankfurt hub, effective January 1, 2017. She succeeds Jens Bischof, who has been appointed Managing Director of SunExpress (SNS).
March 2017: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), announced a loss of -$26 million for 2016.
May 2017: 2 737-8HC (61179, TC-SOG; 61193, TC-SOH) deliveries.
June 2017: SunExpress (SNS) commenced 4 new routes to destinations in Austria, Germany and Russia. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 2,204 km, with the shortest airport pair being the 1,576 km service from Ankara (ESB) to Vienna (VIE), while the longest is the 2,725 km operation from Elazig (EZS) to Frankfurt (FRA).
The average weekly frequency of the 4 new routes is just 1.25. Just 1 of the 4 new routes will see any direct competition for (SNS). All routes will be flown by the leisure carrier’s 737-800s.
The new routes are:
Ankara (ESB) to Vienna (VIE), 737-800 2x-, vs Pegasus Airlines (PGS) 3x-, & Turkish Airlines (THY) 3x-;
Antalya (AYB) to Moscow Zhukovsky (ZIA), 1x-;
Elazig (EZS) to Frankfurt (FRA), 1x-;
Samsun (SZF) to Hannover (HAJ), 1x-.
July 2017: SunExpress (SNS) recently commenced 4 new routes to destinations in Austria, Germany and Russia. The average sector length of the new city pairs is 2,204 km, with the shortest airport pair being the 1,576 km service from Ankara (ESB) to Vienna (VIE), while the longest is the 2,725 km operation from Elazig (EZS) to Frankfurt (FRA). The average weekly frequency of the 4 new routes is just 1.25.
The new routes include:
Antalya (AYT) to Moscow Zhukovsky (ZIA), 737-800 1x-;
Elazig (EZS) to Frankfurt (FRA), 737-800 1x-;
Samsun (SZF) to Hannover (HAJ), 737-800 1x-;
Ankara (ESB) to Vienna (VIE), 737-800 2x- vs Pegasus Airlines (PGS) 3x-, Turkish Airlines (THY) 3x-.
Just 1 of the 4 new routes will see any direct competition for (SNS). All routes will be flown by (SNS)’s 737-800s.
September 2017: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture (JV) of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), plans to increase winter capacity throughout its network from the end of October. Besides European airports, (SNS) operates from 18 airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, for a total of 700 weekly services to 43 destinations. In the summer 2017 season, (SNS) operated 780 weekly flights to 80 destinations.
February 2018: SunExpress (SNS), a joint venture (JV) of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), reported a €1.2 billion turnover/$1.4 billion for 2017, the highest turnover in its history.
(SNS) transported 8.8 million passengers in 2017, up +10% compared to 2016. Load factor rose to 84% LF.
(SNS) did not report detailed financial figures, but attributed the positive numbers to an uptick in passenger growth, especially a +20% boost in Turkish holiday destination traffic.
Tourism in Turkey is recovering after challenging conditions in 2016, when a series of terrorist bombings and a failed coup attempt in Turkey depressed yields and slowed bookings.
(CEO) Jens Bischof said, “In 2017, we [turned] challenges and risks in into opportunities. We redirected our network and sales strategy, and reduced our costs significantly.”
For the 2018 summer schedule, the busiest season for European carriers, (SNS) continues to focus on the Mediterranean region, including a network increase from Turkey to the Middle East and Russia.
(SNS) flies to 60 international destinations in 20 countries and operate 1,200 weekly flights. The company has 4,000 employees.
(SNS) operates 6 wet-leased Airbus A330-200s and 64 Boeing 737-800s.
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0 737-3Y0 (CFM56-3) (2015-24908, /91 TC-SUP), (GEH) LEASED (24910 RETURNED 2000-05, LEASED TO (HGA), 24908 RETURNED TO LESSOR.
0 737-4Y0 (CFM56-3) (2256-25190, /92), RETURNED (GEH) 2000-05, LEASED TO (HGA).
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3) (1757-24494, TC-SNS), (CGP) LEASED 2004-05. SHORT TERM WET-LEASED TO (RFG) 2004-06. RETURNED FROM (RFG) 2004-07. RETURNED 2005-02.
0 737-430 (CFM56-3) (2367-27007, /92), RETURNED (DLH) 2000-01.
0 737-73S (CFM56-7B24) (194-29079, /99; 215-29081, /99), EX-(ISA), (PEB) LSD 2000-11, RETURNED 2003-02, LEASED TO (HAU). 148Y.
25 737-800 (CFM56-7B) WITH WINGLETS.
4 737-8CX (CFM56-7B26) (1209-32365, /02 TC-SUG - - SEE PHOTO - - "SNS-737-8CX-2009-05;" 1235-32366, /02 TC-SUH; 1253-32367, /02 TC-SUI; 1289-32368, /03 TC-SUJ), GAX (LEASED), WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
2 737-8HC (CFM56-7B26) (2566-36529, TC-SNF, 2008-04; 2622-36530, TC-SNG, 2008-05), (GEF) LEASED. 189Y.
8 737-8HC (CFM56-7B26) (40754, TC-SNR, 2010-07; 40755, TC-SNT, 2010-09; 3250-40775, TC-SNN, 2010-04; 3273-40776, TC-SNO, 2010-05; 40777, TC-SNP, 2010-06; 5599-61173, TC-SEM, 2017-04; 61179, TC-SOG, 2017-05; 61193, TC-SOH, 2017-05). 189Y.
7 737-8HX (CFM56-7B26) (2515-29649, TC-SUZ, 2008-02; 2539-29684, TC-SNE, 2008-03), EX-(DAL), (CGP) LEASED. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
1 737-85F (CFM56-7B26) (166-28822, /98 TC-SUL), EX-(NOO), (GAX) LEASED 2004-02. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
1 737-85F (CFM56-7B26) (238-28826, /99 TC-SUM), (GAX) LEASED 2004-04. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B) (28071, TC-SBG), EX-(EI-FBV), (BBB) LEASED 2013-07. 189Y.
1 737-86J (CFM56-7B) (1632-30827 D-ASXR), 189Y.
2 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (455-28612, 2000-01 TC-SUA; 477-28614, 2000-02 TC-SUB; 483-28616, 2000-02 TC-SUC; 542-28620, 2000-05 TC-SUD; 34251, TC-SNL, 2009-10), (GEF) LEASED, 28612 RETURNED 2004-01. 28614 RETURNED 2004-02. 28620 RETURNED 2004-04, LEASED TO (PGS). WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.
2 737-86Q (CFM56-7B26) (824-30272, /01 TC-SUO; 845-30274, /01 TC-SUU), EX-(VOZ), (BOU) LEASED 2005-02. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
25 ORDERS 737 MAX 8 WITH WINGLETS:
4 757-2Q8 (PW2037) (541-25624, /93 TC-SNA; 558-26270, /93 N802AM; 590-26268, /94 N803AM; 592-26271, /94 TC-SNB; 594-26272, /94 N805AM; 597-26273, /94 N806AM), 1 WET-LEASED TO (NAB). (ILF) LEASED, (ETOPS). 26270 RETURNED (TBC) 2004-08. 25624 RETURNED 2005-06. 26271; RETURNED (ILF) 2006-03. 26268; 26273; RETURNED. 26271 (ILF) LEASED AGAIN 2006-03. 219Y.
0 A320-200 (V2500) (420), RETURNED (TSD).
6 A330-200, WET-LEASED.
0 DHC-6-300 (272) SOLD 2001-01.
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