SunExpress 737-800: Engine Problem on Departure from Van

A SunExpress Boeing 737-800 lines up on the runway.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A SunExpress flight operating from Van to Antalya Turkey made a precautionary return to Van Ferit Melen Airport following an engine problem on 30 June 2024.

SunExpress flight XQ7617, a Boeing 737-800 bound for Antalya Airport (AYT), experienced a left-hand engine problem shortly after departure.

SunExpress XQ7617 Van-Antalya

Flight track of SunExpress flight XQ7617 from Van to Antalya.

After its departure from Van Ferit Melen Airport (VAN) RWY 21, the left-hand engine began emitting flames after a series of bangs.

Flight crew subsequently terminated the climb procedure, and a precautionary return to Van was negotiated.

The flight subsequently landed without further incident approximately 30 minutes after the initial departure.

The aircraft conducting the regional flight service XQ7617 to Antalya Airport (AYT) was a Boeing 737-800, registered TC-SUU. This is a 23.2-year-old narrowbody aircraft belonging to the carrier SunExpress.

A SunExpress Boeing 737-800 lines up on the runway.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The aircraft has been in operational service with the airline since April 2005. Prior to its service with the present carrier it previously operated with Virgin Blue (now Virgin Australia) from December 2001.

Prior to that it was operated under lease by the now defunct German carrier City Bird from its initial factory delivery in May 2001

About SunExpress

SunExpress is a Turkish-German airline based in Antalya, Turkey. It is a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, founded in October 1989.

The airline operates scheduled and chartered passenger flights to over 90 destinations in 30 countries across Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and Red Sea.

SunExpress concentrates on international tourism, domestic Turkish flights to cities in Anatolia, and wet leasing. The airline has a fleet of over 70 mostly Boeing 737 aircraft with a single Economy Class cabin.

Here’s a quick summary about SunExpress:

  • Headquarters: Antalya, Turkey
  • Hubs: Antalya Airport (AYT), Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB)
  • Parent Organizations: Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa
  • Founded: October 1989
  • Destinations: Over 90 destinations in 30 countries
  • Fleet: Over 70 Boeing 737 aircraft with a single Economy Class cabin

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