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SunExpress Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Frequent-flyer programSunExpress Bonus
Fleet size62
Parent companyTurkish Airlines (50%)
Lufthansa Group (50%)
HeadquartersAntalya, Turkey
Key people
  • Max Kownatzki, CEO
  • Ahmet Fevzi Çalkan, Deputy CEO
Employees5,000 Edit this at Wikidata

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, ethnic travel, and domestic Turkish flights to cities of Anatolia. The total number of SunExpress employees is 5,000.[]


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 ?zmir and started to operate domestic flights in 2006. With this launch, SunExpress became the first airline company to connect ?zmir 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.[]

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


  • Skytrax World Awards: Fifth best leisure airline in the world (2018 & 2019)[5]
  • Turkey's safest airline (2018) By the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)[6]
  • Germany's most punctual airline (2018) by Flightright[7]
  • Sixth place in Atmosfair's Airline Index (2018)[8]


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

SunExpress serves the following destinations as of February 2020:[9]

Country City Airport
Aalborg Denmark Aalborg Airport
Adana Turkey Adana ?akirpa?a Airport
Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Ankara Turkey Esenbo?a International Airport
Antalya Turkey Antalya AirportHUB
Basel/Mulhouse Switzerland / France EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
Beirut Lebanon Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport
Berlin Germany Berlin Tegel Airport
Billund Denmark Billund Airport
Bodrum Turkey Milas-Bodrum Airport
Bremen Germany Bremen Airport
Brussels Belgium Brussels Airport
Bucharest Romania Henri Coand? International Airport
Budapest Hungary Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport
Cologne/Bonn Germany CGN EDDK Cologne Bonn Airport
Copenhagen Denmark CPH EKCH Copenhagen Airport
Corfu Greece CFU LGKR Corfu International Airport
Dalaman Turkey DLM LTBS Dalaman Airport
Diyarbak?r Turkey DIY LTCC Diyarbak?r Airport
Dortmund Germany DTM EDLW Dortmund Airport
Dublin Ireland DUB EIDW Dublin Airport
Düsseldorf Germany DUS EDDL Düsseldorf Airport
Edremit / Körfez Turkey EDO LTFD Edremit Körfez Airport
Eindhoven The Netherlands EIN EHEH Eindhoven Airport
Elaz Turkey EZS LTCA Elaz Airport
Enfidha Tunisia NBE DTNH Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport
Erbil Iraq EBL ORER Erbil International Airport
Ercan Cyprus ERC LCEN Ercan International Airport
Eski?ehir Turkey AOE LTBY Eski?ehir Hasan Polatkan Airport
Erzurum Turkey ERZ LTCE Erzurum Airport
Frankfurt Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt Airport
Gaziantep Turkey GZT LTAJ O?uzeli Airport
Gdansk Poland GDN EPGD Gda?sk Lech Wasa Airport
Gothenburg Sweden GRZ ESGG Göteborg Landvetter Airport
Hamburg Germany Hamburg Airport
Hanover Germany Hannover Airport
Hatay Turkey Hatay Airport
Helsinki Finland Helsinki Airport
Heraklion Greece Heraklion International Airport
Hurghada Egypt Hurghada International Airport
Izmir Turkey Adnan Menderes AirportHUB
Kars Turkey Kars Airport
Katowice Poland Katowice Airport
Kayseri Turkey Erkilet International Airport
Konya Turkey Konya Airport
Lamezia Terme Italy Lamezia Terme International Airport
Leipzig/Halle Germany Leipzig/Halle Airport
London United Kingdom London Luton Airport
Lyon Saint-Exupery France Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Malatya Turkey Malatya Erhaç Airport
Marsa Alam Egypt Marsa Alam International Airport
Marseille France Marseille Provence Airport
Milan Italy Milan Malpensa Airport
Munich Germany Munich Airport
Münster/Osnabrück Germany Münster Osnabrück International Airport
Nuremberg Germany Nuremberg Airport
Ordu/Giresun[10] Turkey Ordu-Giresun Airport
Oslo Norway Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Paderborn Germany Paderborn Lippstadt Airport
Paris France Charles de Gaulle Airport
Poznan Poland Pozna?-?awica Henryk Wieniawski Airport
Prague Czech Republic Václav Havel Airport Prague
Saarbrücken Germany Saarbrücken Airport
Saint Petersburg[11] Russia Pulkovo Airport
Skopje Macedonia Skopje Airport
Samsun Turkey Samsun-Çar?amba Airport
Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Stuttgart Germany Stuttgart Airport
Trabzon Turkey Trabzon Airport
Van Turkey Van Ferit Melen Airport
Varna Bulgaria Varna Airport
Vienna Austria Vienna International Airport
Warsaw Poland Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport
Wroclaw Poland Copernicus Airport Wroc?aw
Zürich Switzerland Zurich Airport


As of October 2020, the SunExpress fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12]

Aircraft In service Orders[13][14] Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 62 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 42[15] TBA
Total 62 42


  1. ^ "Imprint." SunExpress. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Company Profile".
  3. ^ "". 2020-06-23.
  4. ^ (German) 23 June 2020
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  9. ^ "Flight Connections Winter 2019/2020". SunExpress. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "SunExpress schedules German routes from Ordu Giresun in S17". 2 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "SunExpress plans new routes in S18". 16 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Fleet".
  13. ^ "SunExpress places order for 50 Boeing aircraft". Retrieved 2014.
  14. ^ "Boeing Inks New Deal With SunExpress Worth Billions". Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ Perry, Dominic. "DUBAI: SunExpress tops up Max orders with 10-unit deal". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 2019.

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