SunExpress, a Deutsche Lufthansa / Turkish Airlines joint venture, has executed a slot option purchase agreement for the SunExpress fleet of Boeing 737NG/MAX aircraft.

This agreement brings the total number of WheelTug systems reserved by airline customers to 1,042 across more than 20 airlines.

The WheelTug system uses high-performance electric motors, installed in the nose gear wheels of an aircraft, to provide full mobility and enhanced autonomy while on the ground. Pilots can use WheelTug to conduct pushback and taxi operations without needing to use tugs or the aircraft's jet engines. WheelTug systems are expected to improve the efficiency and reliability of SunExpress ground operations, leading to reduced costs and enhanced aircraft utilization.

WheelTug CEO Isaiah Cox said, "We are very happy to have SunExpress take us past the 1,000 aircraft milestone, and look forward to bringing their customers an even better journey."