Rapidly expanding Lufthansa Group low-cost (LCC) subsidiary Eurowings plan to add SunExpress Germany to its portfolio to reach quickly a competitive size in the european LCC market.
“The german unit of SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, is expected to be part of Eurowings before the summer season 2016 begins“, a source which is involved in this project told ATW. The Boeing 737-800s should be repainted in Eurowings colours, similar like 33 wet-leased airberlin Airbus A320s which join the Eurowings fleet by the end of April. According to SunExpress commercial director Peter Glade, SunExpress Germany operates 11 Boeing 737-800 this winter. SunExpress in total operate this winter also 22 Boeing 737-700/800 aircraft for Turkish Airlines LCC AnadoluJet, one 737-800 already for Eurowings, and 27 for SunExpress based in Turkey. “It would be also from interest to have SunExpress Turkey as part of Eurowings one day,“ the source said. From its base Dusseldorf, Eurowings operates six 310-seat Airbus A330s on long-haul flights, which are already wet-leased from SunExpress, a seventh aircraft will be delivered in 2017. It launched its first long-haul flight from Cologne to Varadero, Cuba, on Nov. 2, 2015. On Dec. 15. 2016 ATW reported, Lufthansa Group has taken over 100% of SN Airholding, the parent company of Brussels Airlines, in a deal to fully integrate the Belgian carrier into Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group in 2018