February 19, 2014 / 11:37 AM / in 4 years

SunExpress places order for 50 Boeing aircraft

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - SunExpress, a joint venture between Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) and Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS), said it was placing an order for 50 Boeing (BA.N) jets, worth $4.5 billion at list prices.

The Boeing logo is seen at their headquarters in Chicago, April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young

The order includes 40 firm orders and 10 options, the firm said in a statement on Wednesday, and comprises 25 Next Generation 737-800 and 15 737-8 Max jets.

SunExpress currently leases the majority of its Boeing-only fleet and owns just 6 of the 63 planes in its fleet. It said that the current economic environment, where financing is easy to come by, means it makes more sense to own planes than to lease them.

“With this decision we are securing our expansion in both Turkey and in Europe,” SunExpress managing director Paul Schwaiger said in a statement.

The new planes will be delivered between 2015 and 2021.

Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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