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7JetSet7 Code: SXD
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
Country: GERMANY
Employees 77
Web: sunexpress.com.tr
Email: pazarlama@sunexpress.com
Telephone: +90 242 310 2626
Fax: +90 242 310 2650

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Formed and started operations in 2011. Subsidiary of SunExpress (SNS), based in Turkey. Regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services.

Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)

Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 356,945 sq km, its population is 85 million, its capital city is Berlin, and its official language is German.

January 2011: SunExpress (SNS) is setting the stage to launch its new subsidiary, "SunExpress Germany (SXD)," and plans to double its fleet to 50 airplanes by 2015. Beginning next month, the management of the new (SXD) will take flights with 3 leased 737-800s which should start in May, (SNS) Managing Director Paul Schwaiger said.

Based in Frankfurt, (SXD) 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 (SXD). 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 (SNS) 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).

June 2011: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) reached a Total Technical Support contract with SunExpress Deutschland (SXD) to provide technical support for (SNS) Deutschland's 6 737-800s. The SunExpress Deutschland (SXD) subsidiary began operations June 8.

July 2011: Turkish Technic signed a 4-year total airplane base maintenance services agreement, a total landing gear support agreement and a 5-year total (APU) support agreement with SunExpress Deutschland (SXD) covering its fleet of 737-800 airplanes. (SXD) started operations in June with 3 737-800s.

January 2012: SunExpress (SNS) has introduced 3 new routes from Izmir:
Izmir to Basle/Mulhouse: weekly 737-800 service has started on April 5, 2011;
Izmir to Dortmund: 2x- weekly 737-800 service has started on November 1;
Izmir to Erzincan: 2x- weekly 737-800 service (already launched).

It has however given up its Ankara Esenboga to Munich, Elazig to Stuttgart and Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen to 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 to Hurghada: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Berlin Schönefeld to Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service;
Berlin Schönefeld to Sharm el Sheikh: weekly 737-800 service;
Dusseldorf International to Gaziantep: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 20;
Dusseldorf International to Hurghada: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Dusseldorf International to Kayseri: 2x-weekly 737-800 service has started on October 31;
Dusseldorf International to Luxor to Hurghada to Dusseldorf International: weekly 737-800 service;
Dusseldorf International to Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service;
Frankfurt International to Hurghada: weekly 737-800 service;
Frankfurt International to Luxor to Hurghada to Frankfurt International: weekly 737-800 service;
Frankfurt International to Sharm el Sheikh: 2x-weekly 737-800 service;
Munich to Hurghada: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 2;
Munich to Luxor to Hurghada to Munich: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 6;
Munich to Marsa Alam: weekly 737-800 service has started on November 5;
Munich to Sharm el Sheikh: 2x-weekly 737-800 service has started on November 1;
Stuttgart to 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 (SXD) is expected to take delivery of +3 additional 737-800s in spring 2012.

737-8CX (32366, D-ASXG), ex-(TC-SUH), delivery.

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 travelers.

August 2012: SunExpress (SNS) subsidiary, SunExpress Germany (SXD) will launch up to 28x-weekly services from Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne and Leipzig to the Egyptian destinations of Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, and Marsa Alam.

(SXD) began operating low-frequency services on the route from Düsseldorf (DUS) Germany to Erbil (ERB) in N Iraq on November 19. Erbil, which is sometimes described as ‘New Dubai,’ is regarded as the region’s boom town and enjoys strong development based on the region’s substantial oil production of around a quarter of a million barrels a day. This has resulted in the local airport growing by +22% in 2010, +37% in 2011, and +52% in the 1st 4 months of 2012. Recent route launches to the Iraqi airport, include Air Arabia (ABZ) flights from Sharjah. SunExpress Germany (SXD) will benefit from these developments, as it now flies a weekly service to Erbil using 737-800s. Competition on the route comes from 2 other German carriers, airberlin (BER) and Germania (GER), which also operate weekly services.

November 2012: SunExpress Germany (SXD) inaugurated services on the 2,300 km winter sun route from Frankfurt (FRA) to Casablanca (CMN) in Morocco. Beginning on November 21, 3x-weekly services were operated using (SXD)’s fleet of 737-800s. Competition on the route comes from Royal Air Maroc (RAM), which already serves the route with 5x-weekly departures.

July 2013: 2 737-8Z9 (28178, D-ASXA; 30420, D-ASXB), ex-(OE-LNK), Fly Leasing leased.

November 2013: SunExpress Germany (SXD), the German-based off-shoot of Turkish airline SunExpress (SNS) (itself a joint venture (JV) between Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY)), has linked 3 German cities to Gazipa (GZP) in the Antalya Province of Turkey. 3x-weekly services will be flown from Düsseldorf (DUS), while 2x-weekly operations (both Tuesdays and Thursdays) will be operated on sectors from Leipzig (LEJ) and Frankfurt (FRA). All 3 new routes began on November 5th and all are operated by (SXD)’s 737-800s.

Starting from April 2014, (SXD) will add new flights to Heraklion, Rhodos, Malta, and Venice from 6 German airports.

July 2014: SunExpress Germany (SXD), the German-based off-shoot of Turkish carrier SunExpress (SNS), has added 2 new routes from Nuremburg (NUE), with seasonal services beginning to Adana (ADA) and Ankara (ESB). Starting on July 24th, the 2,390 km sector to Adana will be flown weekly (Thursdays). The following day, the 2,012 km sector to Ankara was launched and will be operated 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Fridays). Both services will have terminated by September 26th and are operated by (SXD)’s 183-seat 737-800s and will face no direct competition.

November 2014: SunExpress Germany (SXD) has started its 2nd route into Germany from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), launching Dortmund (DTM) services on November 7th, complementing its existing Stuttgart operations. Flying on a weekly (Fridays) basis, the 2,045 km route will be operated by (SXD)’s 189Y-seat 737-800s. No other airline currently flies this city pair.

May 2015: SunExpress Germany (SXD) commenced 2x-weekly service (Mondays and Wednesdays) to the Spanish city of Seville (SVQ) from its Düsseldorf (DUS) base on May 20. Operated by (SVQ)’s 737-800s, the 1,833 km sector faces no competition. As a result of this new route, (SXD) will now fly to 12 destinations from Düsseldorf.

2 737-8EH (35837, D-ASXT; 35838, D-ASXN), deliveries.

July 2015: SunExpress Germany (SXD) has expanded its route network from Munich (MUC) with the introduction on July 21 of weekly (Tuesdays) flights to Ankara (ESB). The 1,910 km route to the Turkish capital will be operated just 11x- using (SXD)’s 737-800s, with the last flight on September 29. Competition on the route is provided by Lufthansa (DLH) which flies 2x-daily on the airport pair using A321s. This brings to 12 the number of destinations served by (SXD) from Munich, 7 of which are in Turkey. None of these routes are served with >2x-weekly flights.

February 2016: Francesco Sciortino has been appointed as Director Operations for SunExpress Deutschland (SXD). Sciortiono come from Lufthansa (DLH) Flight Operations and is a pilot (FC).

October 2016: 737-8AS (33562, D-ASXD) returned from Austrian Airline (AUL) lease. 737-86J (28070, D-ASXK) returned to lessor. 737-86J (30827, D-ASXR) registered.

January 2017: Rapidly expanding Lufthansa Group low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings (EWG) reportedly plans to add SunExpress Germany (SXD) to its portfolio as it aims to quickly reach a competitive size in the European (LCC) market. “(SXD), a joint venture of Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), is expected to be part of Eurowings (EWG) before the summer season 2017 begins,” the source said. The (SXD) Boeing 737-800s should be repainted in Eurowings (EWG) colors.

March 2018: "Lufthansa Rethinks Eurowings’ Long-haul Strategy" by
Jens Flottau (jens.flottau@aviationweek.com), March 5, 2019.

Lufthansa Group (LCC) Eurowings (EWG) is moving a large part of its long-haul operations to Frankfurt and Munich, the group’s main hub, as part of a wider strategy to rethink of how to tackle the leisure travel market.

“Today, the Lufthansa Group is already 1 of the largest holiday travel providers in all of Europe,” Group (CCO) Network airlines and executive board member Harry Hohmeister said. “Demand is increasing rapidly, especially in this area. It is therefore only consistent that we offer an additional product line in Frankfurt and expand our portfolio in Munich.”

As part of the move, Eurowings (EWG) will base 4 Airbus A330-200s in Frankfurt and 3 in Munich. The aircraft are operated by SunExpress Germany (SXD), a joint venture between Lufthansa (DLH) and Turkish Airlines (THY), under the (EWG) brand. 4 aircraft in the 11-strong (EWG) wide body fleet will remain based in Dusseldorf.

That airport is taking another hit on its long-haul network following the demise of airberlin (BER). (EWG) based its 1st 3 aircraft in Dusseldorf in early 2018 and moved another 4 from Cologne/Bonn in the fall, abandoning the previous base. A large part of the fleet will now be transferred again, only a year later.

Senior Lufthansa (DLH) sources said they have been less than impressed with the financial performance of (EWG)’s long-haul operation, which has sustained disruptions and was based at an airport, where the group could provide little or no feed beyond local demand. At the same time, (DLH) has been watching the better performance of Edelweiss Air (EDE) in Zurich.

(EWG) operates 10 Airbus A320s, 2 A330-300s and 4 A340-300s on leisure routes and cooperates closely with parent Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) (CSR), which provides feed from its European network.

(DLH)’s own long-haul network in Frankfurt and Munich is tailored to the needs of business (C) travelers. Because of its high cost base, (DLH) also cannot serve lower yield leisure destinations on its own. Moving (EWG) to the hubs is one part of the planned solution.

The other part is still in the making: the Thomas Cook Group (GUE)/(JMA) has put its airline division on the market, and (DLH) is interested in buying back Condor (CDF), the Frankfurt-based leisure airline it owned before it became part of the travel group. (CDF) has based 19 long-haul aircraft in Frankfurt: 3 A330-200s and 16 Boeing 767-300ERs. It serves a network of leisure destinations from Frankfurt that is complementary to Lufthansa (DLH)’s routes. Neither side has confirmed the plans.

According to industry sources, (CDF) and (EWG) are close to announcing a code share agreement that would further pave the way toward closer collaboration.

Eurowings (EWG) said initial routes from Frankfurt will start in October and include Windhoek, Mauritius and Barbados. It is adding Bangkok from the Munich hub. (EWG) said the capacity drop in Dusseldorf will be backfilled over time.

April 2018: (IATA) code: XG. (ICAO) code: SXS (Callsign "Sunrise)).

December 2018: 737-8HC (36530, D-ASXW) delivered Antalya to Frankfurt,


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March 2019:


3 737-8CX (CFM56-7B) (32365, D-ASXE, 2011-11; 32366, D-ASXG, 2012-01; 32368, D-ASXH, 2011-11), (SNS) WET-LEASED. EX-(TC-SUG; TC-SUH; TC-SUJ).

2 737-8EH (CFM56-7B) (35837, D-ASXT; 35838, D-ASXN), 2015-05.

1 737-8HC (CFM56-7B) (36530, D-ASXW), EX-(TC-SNG) 2018-12.

2 737-8Z9 (CFM56-7B) (28178, D-ASXA; 30420, D-ASXB), EX-(OE-LNK & OE-LNP), FLY LEASING LEASED 2013-07.

0 737-86J (CFM56-7B) (28070, D-ASXK) RETURNED TO LESSOR 2017-01.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (829-30807, D-ASXJ - SEE PHOTO), BECOMES PART OF EUROWINGS (EWG), SEEN 2016-10.




Francesco comes from Lufthansa (DLH) Flight Operations and is a pilot (FC).

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