SunExpress was founded as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa. The company operates a fleet of 62 Boeing 737 airplanes with an average age of 7 years and a seating capacity of more than 10,000 seats. With more than 2500 employees in Turkey and Germany, it is the second largest airline in Turkey after THY. In 2012, the passenger count was close to 8 million with more than 50,000 flights.