Issue No. 731

SunExpress CEO Details Plans

Skift Airline Weekly recently talked to Jens Bischof, CEO of SunExpress and SunExpress Germany about the airline's plans for the future, how it relates to its parent companies, Turkish and Lufthansa, and how the B737 MAX grounding has affected its operations.

SunExpress and its German-AOC counterpart, SunExpress Germany, are a joint venture between Turkish and Lufthansa, started about 30 years ago. The reason for the two carriers is that the company sees benefits in traffic rights from both the European AOC in Germany and the Turkish AOC, Bischof said.

The MAX grounding has forced the SunExpress brand to replace lost capacity with wet-leased aircraft at significant cost, Bischof said. Yet, there have been no passenger disruptions.

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