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SunExpress to add flights from Germany

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With the demise of Germania, SunExpress Airlines is expanding its operations in Germany, especially to and from Berlin. The carrier will start two new routes from Berlin to Ankara (July 6) and Dalaman (May 4).

Previously in December, the airline made this announcement:

SunExpress continues to grow: With its summer flight schedule for 2019, the joint venture between Deutsche Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines offers travelers a route network of over 90 destinations in 30 countries, including popular holiday destinations in Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece.

Frequencies to Hurghada in Egypt will be increased significantly and Tunisia is celebrating a comeback with flights from three German cities. The trend destination Beirut is added to the route network for the first time. As a leading provider of direct connections to Turkey, SunExpress is significantly expanding its range of flights to the hotspots of the Turkish Riviera, Aegean and to Anatolia.

Compared to the 2018 summer flight schedule, the company has again increased its seating capacity in its core markets by 15 percent.

SunExpress takes off from 18 airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as from 37 airports in Europe.

Seat record to Antalya and numerous direct connections to Turkey

SunExpress departs daily from several airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, connecting central Europe with the Turkish Riviera by offering a total of 3.5 million seats in its 2019 summer flight schedule to Antalya, more than ever before in the company’s history. Düsseldorf remains the busiest airport with six daily connections, followed by Cologne-Bonn with five frequencies and Frankfurt three daily departures.

From Basel and Zurich, SunExpress is strengthening its presence and is expanding in particular its weekend connections to Antalya with three daily flights each. The airline is also increasing frequencies from Vienna to Antalya up to three daily connections.

In the upcoming summer SunExpress will add 400,000 seats to its connections to Izmir, bringing the total offered seats to 1.6 million. There are several daily connections from many German airports, including increasing connections from Düsseldorf, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart to the trend destination Izmir. In addition, the airline offers numerous connecting flights from Izmir to Anatolia.

Starting in March, the popular holiday destinations Dalaman and Bodrum will be connected by SunExpress with increasing services: Departing every Saturday from Berlin and twice a week from Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart. Bodrum will also be served three times a week from Düsseldorf.

Thirty percent more seat capacity to Anatolia

Direct flights to Anatolia are SunExpress‘ fastest growing business due to the high demand by people in Germany, Switzerland and Austria visiting friends and relatives at home in Anatolia. The daily connection between Munich and Ankara included in the winter flight schedule will be increased to a total of eleven flights per week next summer. From Düsseldorf, SunExpress offers nine weekly connections to the Turkish capital and two new frequencies to Küthaya/Zafer and Malatya. Passengers can also travel directly from Düsseldorf to Adana, Kayseri, Diyarbakir and Samsun-Çarşamba.

New connections to Beirut and to further warm water destinations

In summer 2019, SunExpress will be offering flights from Stuttgart and Düsseldorf to the Lebanese capital Beirut for the first time. This is an exciting destination especially for those interested in culture. Flights to Tunisia will be added to the route network with connections from Cologne-Bonn, Leipzig/Halle and Stuttgart to Enfidha-Hammamet. The flight schedule also offers connections to Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria as well as to the Greek island of Crete. There are even more departures to Egypt: Passengers from Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt, Hanover, Leipzig/Halle and Stuttgart can look forward to flights to the holiday paradise of Hurghada on the Red Sea.

Expansion of the European SunExpress network with four more destinations   

Outside the German-speaking countries SunExpress also connects cities like Oslo, Gothenburg, Eindhoven and Prague with the holiday destination Antalya. Furthermore, passengers from Eindhoven enjoy connections to Izmir. Between May and November the airline will continue its services from London-Luton to Izmir, Antalya and Bodrum with two connections per week as well as one weekly flight to Ankara and Gaziantep. Due to high demand, flights from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Brussels and Copenhagen will also start in February.

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Eurowings outlines its first intercontinental routes, will be operated SunExpress Germany

Lufthansa Group (Frankfurt) details the first long-range routes for the new Eurowings:

The new Eurowings will fly from October 25, 2015 on its new intercontinental flights  from Cologne/Bonn Airport. The first flights will take off to the Caribbean, Dubai and Thailand.
The new Eurowings is building on the successful Germanwings concept, which is positioned as an innovative quality low-cost airline and “low-cost” brand in Germany and Europe.

The new routes will include Dubai, the Thai cities of Bangkok and Phuket, as well as the Caribbean destinations of Varadero, Cuba and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The new Eurowings routes will be flown by Airbus A330-200s. From the coming winter season onwards, the fleet will initially consist of two aircraft and will be expanded to a total of seven Airbus A330s.

SunExpress Deutschland (SunExpress Germany), a joint venture of Lufthansa (Frankfurt) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul), will operate the long-haul route aircraft on behalf of the new Eurowings with its own cockpit and cabin personnel.

Vienna has now been chosen as the first location outside of Germany as a new Eurowings base.

Initially two Airbus A320s will be put into operation on European routes in the first step of the expansion.

The fares will correspond to Germanwings’ popular “fly à la carte” principle, which was successfully introduced in 2013. The fares BEST, SMART and BASIC, which have been extremely popular with passengers, will also be used by the new Eurowings. The fare classes include various levels of services and service packages.

The BEST fare is offered to the most demanding private customers who value comfort and exclusiveness. This offer includes comfortable seating in an extra-wide seat with lots of leg-room in the exclusive forward cabin area. The BEST fare also includes two free items of luggage each of up to 23 kg, à la carte menus on board, priority check-in, lounge access and the chance to collect miles (including HON Circle miles).

The cheaper SMART fare includes extra services such as one piece of luggage of up to 23 kg, two meals and soft drinks on board, as well as the chance to collect miles.

The BASIC fare offers a straightforward travel experience at a reasonable price, to which further services can be added on an individual basis.

On long-haul routes, the new Eurowings offers three attractive options. The exclusive BEST area comprises the first three seating rows and offers the latest ZIM seats. These seats correspond to the new Lufthansa premium economy class model, which offers seat pitch of 115 cm, has a backrest that can be adjusted by up to 20 cm, allows a 130° angle, and offers every guest their own armrest as well as comfortable leg and foot rests. Economy tickets can be booked with both SMART and BASIC fares. The “More Comfort” option, which can be booked as an add-on, offers seats with greater seat pitch along with a blanket and a pillow. State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment is offered on all intercontinental flights across all fares, which can be enjoyed both on screens in the backrest of the seat in front as well as on passengers’ own electronic devices such as notebook computers, tablets and smartphones. All long-haul aircrafts will also have Wi-Fi on board.

On routes within Germany and on routes throughout Europe, the existing Eurowings fleet will gradually be replaced from the beginning of 2015 by aircraft in the new Eurowings livery (above). The 23 Bombardier CRJ900s operated until now will also be replaced by Airbus A320s.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first Airbus A320, the pictured A320-214 D-AIZQ (msn 5497) in new livery flew on February 1, 2015 from Hamburg to Prague.

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Lufthansa Group approves 10 Airbus A320s for Eurowings, will replace its Bombardier CRJ900s, SunExpress Airlines may operate low-cost long-haul flights with Airbus A330-300s

Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa) (Frankfurt) today (September 19) outlined its plans for Eurowings (Lufthansa Regional) and its new long-haul division, possibly flown by SunExpress Airlines (Antalya), a joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul).

The Lufthansa Group’s quality and growth initiative presented on July 9, 2014 is gathering pace.

At the Supervisory Board meeting on September 17, the Supervisory Board Members were informed by the Executive Board of the implementation progress made so far. The Lufthansa Group’s Supervisory Board has paved the way for the planned transition to a more economical type of aircraft at Eurowings by approving an order for ten Airbus A320ceo planes for the company. With its fleet of 23 aircraft, Eurowings services domestic German and European routes from airports other than the Frankfurt and Munich hubs on behalf of Germanwings. A further 13 A320s will be transferred from the Group’s total aircraft order volume to Eurowings starting in 2015, in order to make its entire fleet consist of Airbus aircraft. Replacing the current Eurowings fleet of Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets with modern A320ceo aircraft will further increase the Düsseldorf-based airline’s unit cost advantage and will thereby improve its ability to compete with low-cost airlines in Europe. The Lufthansa Group intends to use its Wings concept to cement its good market position in passenger traffic in its home markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium in the long term, including with point-to-point connections. Business on these routes away from the major hubs is characterised by above-average growth in the leisure travel segment and by stiff competition from the rapidly expanding low-cost airlines.

The Executive Board also presented its plans for the new cost-efficient offer for long-haul connections as part of the Wings concept to the Supervisory Board. One option for realizing this concept could be a new platform based on the airline SunExpress Airlines (Antalya), which is a fifty-fifty joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. In this respect, talks with the Star Alliance partner are to continue. The idea is for the new platform to complement the Lufthansa Group’s product range with up to seven Airbus A330-300s and to commence operations in autumn 2015 with three aircraft in Munich, Düsseldorf or Cologne. The focus here will be on destinations that promise above-average growth in the leisure travel segment and that round out the Lufthansa Group airlines’ current route networks. In addition to the founding of this new long-haul airline, other intercontinental traffic approaches will be developed in order to once again profitably fly leisure travel-dominated routes using the Lufthansa brand in the future.

To offer this, up to 14 Airbus A340-300s from the long-haul fleet will be fitted with a cabin that is optimized for leisure travel. Commencing with the start of the 2015/2016 winter flight timetable, this A340-300 sub-fleet will fly at a much lower cost while nevertheless offering the high-quality travel experience of a Lufthansa flight, with high service standards and comfort levels. The as many as 14 aircraft will operate without a First Class and with 18 Business Class seats, 19 Premium Economy seats and 261 Economy seats, and will in particular serve new leisure travel destinations or markets from which Lufthansa would otherwise have to withdraw without the introduction of this less expensive offer.

“The combination of our core brands’ focus on quality and the premium sector, and the development of new platforms for the leisure travel sector, which is experiencing dynamic growth but is also price-sensitive, is our way of working towards a successful future for the Lufthansa Group airlines,” said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. This would strengthen the successful multi-hub system comprising the key hubs of Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Brussels, he added. This strategy additionally gave the Company the scope to also grow in sectors of this kind, where the Lufthansa Group’s traditional quality brands were not able to participate in market developments, he said.

In addition to the growth concept for the Lufthansa Group airlines, the Supervisory Board is approving capital expenditure of €60 million by Lufthansa Technik AG in Frankfurt. The Group’s technical division intends to build a new wheel and brake workshop in Frankfurt’s eastern dock area (Osthafen). The building is expected to commence operations as early as at the start of 2017. These new operations will allow Lufthansa Technik, which is the world’s leading provider of aircraft-related technical services, to also achieve further growth in the important segment of wheel and brake maintenance. In so doing, Lufthansa Technik will safeguard the existing 130 jobs for qualified employees based in Frankfurt and will create the parameters for further growth. The building is to be fitted with cutting-edge building services so as to exceed the requirements of Germany’s Energy Conservation Regulations (EnEV) by 30 per cent.

In related news,  Lufthansa Group also approved the purchase of 15 Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) family and ten Airbus A320ceo (Current Engine Option) aircraft at its meeting today. The new A320neo orders will be delivered to Lufthansa Group airline Swiss International Air Lines (Zurich) from 2019 onwards, where they are intended to replace older aircraft from the same family. The ten new A320ceo aircraft will be delivered to Eurowings in 2016 and 2017 and will replace older Bombardier CRJ900s.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. The aging and expensive 14 Lufthansa Airbus A340-300s will be assigned to the new leisure group starting with the 2015-2016 winter schedule. The 14 aircraft will operate without a First Class and with 18 Business Class seats, 19 Premium Economy seats and 261 Economy seats. Lufthansa’s Airbus A340-313 D-AIGT (msn 304) arrives at the Frankfurt hub.

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SunExpress Germany to start weekly Dortmund-Istanbul flights

Sun Express Airlines (Germany) (Frankfurt) will start weekly Dortmund-Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen) service with Boeing 737-800s starting on November 7.

Earlier this year the parent Turkish airline placed orders for 50 aircraft from the Boeing, including 25 737-800NG (Next Generation) aircraft and 15 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The company also has options for ten Boeing 737 MAX 8s.

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SunExpress Germany to commence a new route to Casablanca

SunExpress Airlines (Germany) (Frankfurt) will launch a new route from Frankfurt to Casablanca (Morocco) starting on October 28, 2012 per Airline Route. The new route will be operated three days a week.

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SunExpress Airlines’ revenues are up 44% in the first half

SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) reported revenues grew by 44% in the first half.

The Turkish airline also reported its new Germany subsidiary (SunExpress Germany) launched operations on June 8, 2011 and intends to acquire three additional Boeing 737-800s.

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SunExpress Airlines to form SunExpress Germany

SunExpress Airlines (Antalya) is planning to form a new SunExpress Germany subsidiary in 2011.

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