|Frequent-flyer program||none[note 1]|
|Parent company||TUI Group|
|Key people||Dr. Michael Frenzel (TUI)|
The airline was formed in 2007 by the merger of Hapag Lloyd Flug and Hapag Lloyd Express as a branch of TUI Travel. The airline codes of its predecessor are still in use, and the former callsign YELLOWCAB remained in use until it was changed to TUIJET on 24 September 2010.
In the second quarter of 2007, the load factor was at about 79%, after about 92% in the year before. Subsequently, the company closed its Leipzig/Halle and Bremen bases. On 29 January 2008, plans were announced to merge TUIfly with Eurowings and Germanwings (the Lufthansa low-cost brands) into a joint and independent holding company, but were withdrawn as talks turned out to be unsuccessful.
TUI Travel confirmed on 27 March 2009 that it had sealed a strategic partnership with Air Berlin that would see Tui Travel take a 20% stake in Air Berlin, and Air Berlin 20% in TUIfly. Due to regulatory matters, this was changed to 9.9%. Air Berlin will also wet-lease 17 aircraft from TUIfly and take over all of TUIfly's city connections. TUI will focus on serving the charter market with 21 aircraft of the remaining fleet. From 25 October 2009, all German domestic flights previously operated by TUIfly were taken over by Air Berlin, as well as all flights to Austria, Italy and Croatia. Most of these flights are still operated by TUIfly aircraft, but are marketed by Air Berlin.
Development since 2013
In December 2013, TUIfly abandoned their distinctive yellow livery and replaced it by the new blue design already introduced at Arkefly, Jetairfly and Thomson Airways. The first plane in the new colours arrived in Hannover on 17 February 2014.
TUIfly offers both charter and scheduled flights with about 60% of all seats are sold directly, 30% as a part of a TUI holiday package and 10% by other agencies.
All flights within Germany and other non-tourist destinations are operated on behalf of Air Berlin and the service concept of Air Berlin. TUIfly itself offers free drinks, snacks, and meals on flights to and from Cape Verde, Egypt, Greece, Israel, southern Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain including the Canary Islands, and Tunisia. Hot meals are served on the longest flights, including those to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt, and Madeira.
TUIfly offers year-round and seasonal flights to destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The airline serves the following destinations as of July 2014:
- Cologne/Bonn – Cologne Bonn Airport Focus city
- Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf Airport Focus city
- Frankfurt – Frankfurt Airport Focus city
- Hamburg – Hamburg Airport Focus city
- Hanover – Hannover Airport Focus city
- Leipzig – Leipzig/Halle Airport Focus city
- Munich – Munich Airport Focus city
- Nuremberg – Nuremberg Airport
- Saarbrücken – Saarbrücken Airport Focus city seasonal (begins 1 May 2015)
- Stuttgart – Stuttgart Airport Focus city
- Chania - Chania International Airport seasonal (begins 1 July 2015)
- Corfu - Corfu International Airport seasonal
- Heraklion – Heraklion International Airport seasonal
- Patras – Araxos Airport seasonal
- Rhodos - Rhodes International Airport seasonal
- Kos - Kos Island International Airport seasonal
- Gran Canaria - Gran Canaria Airport
- Ibiza - Ibiza Airport seasonal
- Jerez - Jerez Airport seasonal
- Lanzarote - Lanzarote Airport
- Menorca - Menorca Airport seasonal
- Tenerife - Tenerife South Airport
- Palma de Mallorca - Palma de Mallorca Airport seasonal
- Antalya - Antalya Airport
- Dalaman - Dalaman Airport seasonal
- Samsun - Samsun-Çarşamba Airport seasonal
As of April 2015, the TUIfly fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Boeing 737-700||6||—||148||all operated for Air Berlin|
|Boeing 737-800||28||—||189||6 operated for Air Berlin, 1 operated by SunExpress Deutschland|
- Both of TUIfly's former frequent-flyer programs, FriendChips and its predecessor Bluemiles, have been discontinued.
- "STCC TRANSAVIA." TUIfly. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
- "Contact." TUIfly. Retrieved on 12 May 2009. "Address: TUIfly Vermarktungs GmbH Karl-Wiechert-Allee 23 30625 Hannover Germany Address Airline TUIfly: TUIfly GmbH Flughafenstraße 10 30855 Langenhagen"
- "Announcement of TUI AG". Tui-group.com. 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- "Air Berlin information on taking over TUIfly routes". AirBerlin.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- http://www.tuitravelplc.com/tuitravel/media/press/?ref=58[dead link]
- "TUIfly information on flights taken over by Air Berlin". Tuifly.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
- "In the air." TUIfly. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
- All Destinations from TUIfly's website
- TUIfly Fleet
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