SunExpress, a Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa joint venture company based in the southwestern city of Antalya, generated revenue amounting to 1.1 billion euros in 2015, breaking its own record. "As a result of our growth strategy, which has been successfully implemented over the past four years, we have continuously broken our own best revenue records during the last three years and have exceeded our target set for 2015," SunExpress Managing Director Jaan Albrecht said. "In 2015, we broke several records in our business. We had revenue of 1.1 billion euros in 2015 and our sales increased 9 percent compared to the previous year. In 2015, we transported 8.7 million passengers, which is a 19.2 percent increase compared to the previous year, and our seat load factor totaled 85 percent," Albrecht said, adding: "Behind such strong growth lies the support of our 300,500 employees from 25 different countries and naturally the wealth of knowledge from our shareholders, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa."
Albrecht also stressed that they were seeking new markets: "Bookings to Turkey from European tourists are running behind last year's numbers, but we are optimistic that tourism will recover during the summer season. This does not prevent us, however, from seeking new markets. We are currently in touch with developing markets in eastern countries such as Iran and Kuwait." According to SunExpress's growth plans, Albrecht said: "We are pleased to confirm that these 10 optional Boeing 737 MAX 8s aircraft have now been converted to firm orders. Furthermore, with the support from the SunExpress board, we ordered an additional 10 737-MAX 8s on option that will support our growth strategy."
SunExpress, together with its subsidiary SunExpress Deutschland based in Frankfurt, serves 110 cities in Turkey and abroad, mostly in Europe, the Red Sea region, the Canary Islands, Greece, Tunisia, Bulgaria and Oman.