TUI fly Netherlands

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TUI fly Netherlands
TUIfly Logo 2016.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedFebruary 2005 (2005-02) (as Arkefly)
Commenced operations21 April 2005 (2005-04-21)
Operating bases
Fleet size11
Parent companyTUI Group
HeadquartersHaarlemmermeer, Netherlands

TUI fly Netherlands, legally incorporated as TUI Airlines Netherlands (formerly branded as Arkefly and Arke),[2] is a Dutch charter airline headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[3] It is the charter carrier of the Dutch arm of the German travel conglomerate TUI Group and its main base is Schiphol Airport.[4]


A former ArkeFly Boeing 767-300ER at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2010

TUI fly Netherlands traces its roots to Air Holland which was founded in 1981. After financial problems, Air Holland was taken over by the ExelAviation Group and took a new start as HollandExel in January 2004. In May 2005, the ExelAviation Group was declared bankrupt. The German TUI Group took over the airline's activities and renamed it ArkeFly.

Operations in Curaçao began on 15 July 2004 as DutchCaribbeanExel, which was also part of the ExelAviation Group but was later taken over, together with sister airline HollandExel, by the TUI Group and renamed ArkeFly Curaçao.[5] ArkeFly started weekly flights to St. Maarten from Amsterdam on 2 December 2007 but discontinued this service in November 2008. TUI holds that flights may resume if the volume of tourists travelling to St. Maarten increases.[6] Operations to Orlando, Miami, Puerto Vallarta, and Israel began in 2011.

In October 2013, Arkefly changed its marketing name to Arke, to reflect the partnership with the travel agency of the same name.

On 13 May 2015, it was announced by the TUI Group that all five of TUI's airline subsidiaries will be named TUI, whilst keeping their separate air operator's certificate, taking over three years to complete. Arke was the first to undergo the change and was renamed TUI on 1 October 2015, therefore changing the airline's name also.[7]


TUI fly Netherlands head office

TUI fly Netherlands carries out regular and chartered flights, although most of the chartered flights are operated for the Dutch tour operator TUI Netherlands. It operates to destinations in the Mediterranean, Finland, Canary Islands, Red Sea, Mexico, Caribbean, United States, Africa, Middle East and the Dutch Caribbean.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Additionally, TUI fly Netherlands used to have a codeshare agreement with Surinam Airways.[8]


TUI fly Netherlands Boeing 787-8

Current fleet[edit]

As of November 2022, the TUI fly Netherlands fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

TUI fly Netherlands fleet
Aircraft In
Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Boeing 737 MAX 8 6 189 189
Boeing 767-300ER 2 31 264 295 To be retired.[10]
298 298
Boeing 787-8 3 25 280 305
Total 11

Fleet modernization[edit]

TUI Group has 70 737 MAXs on order for the group, the order consists of a mix of the 737 MAX 8 and MAX 10 and some of these will be used for the airline to modernize the fleet and replace older aircraft. The number of aircraft allocated to TUI fly Netherlands is yet unknown with deliveries of the new aircraft commencing in January 2018.[11]

Former fleet[edit]

A former TUI fly Netherlands Boeing 737-800 taxiing in 2016

TUI fly Netherlands formerly operated the following aircraft:[12][13]

TUI fly Netherlands former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A320-200 1 2006 2006 Leased from Iberworld
3 2019 2019 Leased from SmartLynx Airlines Estonia and GetJet Airlines
2 2021 2021 Leased from SmartLynx Airlines/Estonia
2 2022 2022 Leased from Global Crossing Airlines
Airbus A321-200 1 2006 2006 Leased from British Midland International
Boeing 737-300 1 2013 2013 Leased from AirExplore
1 2015 2015 Leased from Jet Time
Boeing 737-400 2 2013 2013 Leased from AirExplore
Boeing 737-800 21 2005 2021
2 2022 2022 Leased from Sunwing Airlines
Boeing 737-900ER 2 2008 2008 Leased from Futura International Airways
Boeing 757-200 1 2009 2009 Leased from Skyservice Airlines

See also[edit]


  1. ^ - Vliegbestemmingen TUI retrieved 15 March 2017
  2. ^ Arklefly shortens its name to just Arke Drum, Bruce, World Airlines News. 22 October 2013, retrieved 3 November 2013
  3. ^ "Arkefly." TUI Nederland. Retrieved on 28 September 2009. "ArkeFly Beech Avenue 43 1119 RA Schiphol-Rijk Postbus 75607 1118 ZR Schiphol-Triport "
  4. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 77.
  5. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  6. ^ ArkeFly Discontinues St. Maarten Service
  7. ^ "Arke Fly kicks off TUI Group rebranding exercise". CH Aviation. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "TUI Netherlands / Surinam Airways plans codeshare service from April 2017". Routesonline. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  9. ^ "TUI Airlines Netherlands Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  10. ^ "TUI Group to simplify fleet, mulls more B737 MAX 10s". 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  11. ^ "TUI GROUP ANNOUNCE SELECTION OF 18 BOEING 737 MAX 10S". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  12. ^ "ArkeFly Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Arke Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 20 May 2021.

External links[edit]

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