|Traded as||LSE: TT.|
Sir Michael Hodgkinson
|Products||Passenger transport, travel agency, accommodation|
|Revenue||£15,051 million (2013)|
|£297 million (2013)|
|£63 million (2013)|
|Owner||TUI AG (56.4%)|
Number of employees
TUI Travel PLC was a British leisure travel group listed on the London Stock Exchange. Due to the merger with TUI AG in 2014 it became part of the TUI Group and it no longer exists as a separate entity.
TUI Travel PLC was formed on 3 September 2007 with the merger of First Choice Holidays PLC and the Tourism Division of TUI AG, which owned 56.4% of the company. TUI operated in 180 countries and claimed 30 million customers. Its headquarters were in Crawley, West Sussex, England and it was a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.
The company was founded in 1923 in Berlin, Germany as Preußische Bergwerks und Hütten-Aktiengesellschaft operating in the industrial sector. In 1959 it listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and in 1964 was renamed Preussag. In 2000 it acquired Thomson Travel and in 2002 bought Hapag Lloyd, which itself owned the travel firm TUI (formerly Touristik Union International), and renamed itself TUI AG. In June 2014 TUI AG and TUI Travel announced the two companies would be merged.
The company was founded in 1973 as Owners Abroad operating as a travel agent. It first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1982. In 1987 it launched Air 2000 and in 1990 acquired Redwing. It changed its name to First Choice in 1994.
In July 2005, First Choice Holidays purchased the Europe Express group of companies consisting of multi-channel distribution companies including: go-today.com for direct to consumer vacation packages, E.E.I. Travel and Brian Moore International Tours (BMIT) with travel agent distribution, Travel Services Europe (TSE), the contracting division for hotels and travel services throughout Europe.
In March 2007, the merger of the travel division of TUI AG with First Choice was announced. The European Commission approved the merger on 4 June 2007, on the condition that the merged company sell Budget Travel in Ireland. The merged company, TUI Travel PLC, began operations in September 2007.
TUI and First Choice's in-house airlines, Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways, were brought together under the former's Air operator's certificate in May 2008, and the merged airline was rebranded as Thomson Airways in November 2008.
In October 2011 it was announced that under a two-year rebranding programme, the store estate would be rebranded as "Thomson featuring First Choice" to create a single travel agency brand; the First Choice branding and uniform will be phased out, and the First Choice name will be used for all-inclusive package holidays sold by the combined network.
The company confirmed in January 2013 that it had received a proposal from its parent to merge. In May 2013, the chief executive of TUI AG ruled out a merger with TUI Travel. In an about-face in June 2014 the two companies announced they had agreed terms on a merger. The merger was completed and TUI Travel was de-listed from the London Stock Exchange on 17 December 2014.
The Company is organised into three sectors:
- Central Europe
- Northern Europe
- Western Europe
- Accommodation and Destinations
- Specialist and Activity
TUI Travel owned six European airlines making it the largest tourism group in Europe. The group airlines operated scheduled flights as well as charter flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide departing from more than 60 airports in 9 European countries. All six airlines transferred to TUI AG.
In 2005 the names and liveries of the group airlines were changed to reflect the name of the group and to increase recognition by using a single marketing name. All airlines in the group were rebranded with the name best known in their local market or the name of the principal tour operator, Jet4you and Britannia Airways names were changed. Jet4you acquired the suffix "-fly" whereas Britannia Airways had a complete name change, to reflect the tour operator that it was flying for therefore Britannia Airways became Thomsonfly. Following the merger of First Choice Airways and Thomsonfly, the new combined airline became Thomson Airways. Both airlines had their aircraft repainted in the light blue TUI colours with a red TUI logo on the tail. However, Corsairfly has been renamed Corsair International and has a new livery.
TUI Airlines carries millions of holiday travellers and business passengers every year. In 2005 it had a passenger volume of 25 million and employed more than 8,200 people.
|Arkefly||Netherlands||Since 2005 Arkefly has operated charter flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to destinations in Southern Europe, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.|
|Corsair International||France||Corsair International flies to 15 destinations in French overseas territories around the Mediterranean, Thailand, North Africa, and North America.|
|Jetairfly||Belgium||Jetairfly has operated since March 2004 to more than 70 airports in Southern Europe, Red Sea, Caribbean, Canary Islands, North Africa and North America.|
|Thomson Airways||United Kingdom||Thomson Airways is the largest of the TUI airlines and the largest charter airline in the world. It has 64 aircraft and flies from 26 British airports to 109 destinations worldwide. It was formed by the merger of Thomsonfly (formerly Britannia Airways) and First Choice Airways.|
|TUIfly||Germany||The former German Airlines of the TUIfly-alliance Hapag-Lloyd Flug and Hapag-Lloyd Express (now defunct as an air carrier) operated together under the brand TUIfly. Since Summer 2010 Hapag-Lloyd Flug is now officially named TUIfly.|
|TUIfly Nordic||Sweden||TUIfly Nordic flies from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. They fly holidaymakers travelling with the tour operators Fritidsresor, Finnmatkat and Star Tour.|
|Aladia Airlines||Mexico||Aladia was a joint-venture between the TUI Group and Mexican investors; launched in 2006.  It was the only North American and Mexican airline part of the TUI Group. It suspended operations in October 2008  and has yet to resume its operations.|
|Britannia Airways||United Kingdom||Britannia Airways was the largest charter airline in the United Kingdom, rebranded as Thomsonfly in 2005. Its main bases were London Gatwick, London Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.|
|Jet4you||Morocco||Jet4you operated services between Moroccan cities and destinations in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Italy. Operations have now been merged with Jetairfly.|
|Britannia Nordic||Sweden||Britannia Nordic flew from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.|
|First Choice Airways||United Kingdom||First Choice Airways was a charter airline of European tour operator TUI Travel PLC, based in Crawley, England. It flew to more than 60 destinations worldwide from 14 UK and Irish airports. Following TUI UK merging with First Choice Holidays in September 2007 it became part of TUI Travel PLC. The new holiday company continued with both in-house airlines (Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways) through Winter 07 and Summer 08 however from 1 November 2008 it became Thomson Airways.|
|Hapag-Lloyd Express||Germany||Hapag-Lloyd Express (previously also marketed as HLX.com) was a no-frills, high-frequency, express airline based in Langenhagen, Germany. It operated services within Germany and to destinations in Europe. In January 2007 in a restructuring, it combined its operations with Hapag-Lloyd Flug to become TUIfly.|
|Hapag-Lloyd Flug||Germany||Hapag-Lloyd Flug (between 2005 and 2007 it was also marketed as Hapagfly) was an airline based in Langenhagen, Lower Saxony, Germany. Mergered with Hapag-Lloyd Express and became TUIfly|
|Neos||Italy||Neos was established on 22 June 2001 and started operations on 8 March 2002. It was started as a joint venture between Alpitour parent firm Finanziaria di Partecipazioni (IFIL), which is controlled by the Agnelli Group and the German tour operator, TUI. TUI sold its shares in 2004.|
|Thomsonfly||United Kingdom||Thomsonfly was a British airline, previously known as Britannia and a business within TUI UK prior to September 2007. Following TUI UK merging with First Choice Holidays in September 2007 it became part of TUI Travel PLC. The new holiday company continued with both in-house airlines (Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways) through Winter 07 and Summer 08 however from 1 November 2008 it became Thomson Airways.|
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