Arkefly

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Arkefly
Arkefly.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
OR TFL ARKE
Founded 2005
Hubs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Alliance TUI Airlines
Fleet size 9
Destinations 53
Parent company TUI Airlines (TUI Group)
Headquarters Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Key people Steven van der Heijden
Website www.arke.nl
ArkeFly head office

TUI Airlines Netherlands, trading as Arkefly (and shortened to Arke in the current corporate design to match the travel agency),[1] is a Dutch charter airline headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[2] It is the charter carrier of the Dutch arm of the German travel conglomerate TUI Group and its main base is Schiphol Airport.[3] It carries out regular and chartered flights, although most of the chartered flights are operated for the Dutch tour operator Arke. It operates to destinations in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Red Sea, Mexico, Caribbean, United States, Canada, Africa, Asia, Brazil and the Netherlands Antilles.

History[edit]

Arke traces its roots to Air Holland, which was founded in 1981. After financial problems Air Holland was taken over by the Exel Aviation Group and took a new start as HollandExel in March 2004. In May 2005 the Exel Aviation Group was declared bankrupt. The German TUI Group took over the airline's activities and renamed it ArkeFly. It is now wholly owned by the TUI Group. Its name was based on the biggest Dutch tour operator, Arke, which is also a subsidiary of the TUI Group. The newly reorganised airline operated its first flight in September 2005.[citation needed]

Operations in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, began on 15 July 2004 as DutchCaribbeanExel, which was originally part of the Exel Aviation Group, but was later taken over, together with parent airline, HollandExel, by TUI Nederland, and renamed ArkeFly Curaçao.[4] ArkeFly started weekly flights to St. Maarten from Amsterdam on 2 December 2007, but discontinued this service in November 2008. TUI Nederland holds that flights may resume if the volume of tourists travelling to St. Maarten increases.[5] Operations to Orlando, Miami 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. However, the airline is officially still named Arkefly.

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 Operators Certificate, taking over three years to complete. Arke will be the first to undergo the change, and will be renamed TUI on 1 October 2015.[6]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Arkefly destinations

Fleet[edit]

An Arkefly Boeing 737-800 at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands in the airline's new colors (2013).
A since-retired ArkeFly Boeing 767–300 at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands in 2011

As of April 2015, the Arkefly fleet consists of the following aircraft:[7]

Arke Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
W Y Total
Boeing 737-800 5 0 0 183 183
Boeing 767-300 1 0 31 264 295
Boeing 787-8 3 0 18
47
291
244
309
291
Replaced older Boeing 767 aircraft.
Total 9 0


References[edit]

  1. ^ Arklefly shortens its name to just Arke Drum, Bruce, World Airlines News. 22 October 2013, retrieved 3 November 2013
  2. ^ "Arkefly." TUI Nederland. Retrieved on 28 September 2009. "ArkeFly Beech Avenue 43 1119 RA Schiphol-Rijk Postbus 75607 1118 ZR Schiphol-Triport "
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 77. 
  4. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  5. ^ ArkeFly Discontinues St. Maarten Service
  6. ^ Arke en Holland International worden TUI
  7. ^ "Arke [sic] Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 

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