Boeing’s 737 MAX gets a boost as Turkish leisure airline expands order

Nov 18, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Boeing’s 737 MAX program got a shot in the arm Monday as SunExpress exercised an option to add 10 more of the planes to its fleet.

The carrier, which is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, serves holiday destinations from Europe and Turkey.

The SunExpress order comes as the global fleet of 737 MAX jets remains grounded following fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. An automated flight control system is suspected of contributing to both disasters, and Boeing has been working with regulators and other industry stakeholders to resolve the issue and get the planes flying again.

Airlines have continually extended the window in which they expect to keep the aircraft off their schedules.

Despite the ongoing troubles, SunExpress signaled confidence in the manufacturer by announcing the order at the Dubai Airshow.

Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more aviation news

“We have full confidence that Boeing will deliver us a safe, reliable, and efficient aircraft,” Jens Bischof, the CEO of SunExpress, said in a statement with Boeing. “However, it goes without saying that this requires the undisputed airworthiness of the model, granted by all relevant authorities. Our utmost priority at SunExpress is and has always been safety.”

SunExpress’ is the first firm order for MAX aircraft since the fleet was grounded, with the options expanding a 32-jet order SunExpress placed in 2014. None of those planes have been delivered, in part because of the grounding of the MAX that is now going into its ninth month. In June, Boeing landed an order for 200 MAX jets from International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, LEVEL and Vueling. That commitment was less binding than a firm order, coming as a “letter of intent” revealed at the Paris Air Show.

Boeing acknowledged that the SunExpress announcement gave the MAX program a boost.

“We are honored and humbled by the trust that SunExpress has placed in our team at Boeing. They have been a wonderful partner over the years, demonstrating every day the efficiency and reliability of the Boeing 737 across their growing network,” Stan Deal, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added in the statement. “We regret the impact the MAX grounding has had on SunExpress and their passengers. The Boeing team is working hard to safely return the airplane to service and providing the capacity for SunExpress to continue serving as the backbone of air travel in the Turkish tourism industry.”

Featured image courtesy of Boeing.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.