TUI fly Belgium

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TUI fly Belgium
Updated TUI fly logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
TB JAF BEAUTY
Founded 2003
Commenced operations 23 November 2005
Hubs Brussels Airport
Focus cities
Alliance TUI Airlines
Fleet size 27
Destinations 105
Parent company TUI Group
Headquarters Zaventem, Belgium
Key people Elie Bruyninckx, President
Website www.tuifly.be

TUI fly Belgium,[1][2] legally incorporated as TUI Airlines Belgium S.A./N.V. and formerly branded Jetairfly,[2] is a Belgian airline with its registered office at Brussels Airport.[3]

The airline adopted its trading names Jetairfly in November 2005 and TUI fly Belgium in October 2016.[2] It is a subsidiary of the TUI Group and part of the TUI Airlines. TUI Airlines also incorporates the sister companies TUI fly Netherlands (The Netherlands), Corsair International (France), TUI fly Deutschland (Germany), Thomson Airways (United Kingdom) and TUI fly Nordic (Sweden).

History[edit]

The airline was created in November 2003 as home carrier for tour operator Jetair, part of tourism group TUI AG. The original plans were to operate two aircraft, but after charter company Sobelair (home carrier for Jetair) ceased its operations, Jetairfly started its operations with 5 aircraft. On 23 November 2005, The airline was rebranded Jetairfly as part of the rebranding around Belgium's number 1 tourism brand Jetair.

In January 2012, Jetairfly announced that Jet4you, a low-cost Moroccan carrier and also a subsidiary of the TUI AG Group, would be fully integrated in Jetairfly. The merger was complete in April 2012.[4] In March 2012, Jetairfly officially became a full scheduled airline, while previously a part of their flights were conducted as charter flights. As a result, all flights can be booked in both directions even by non-EU citizens.[5]

In the beginning of 2013, Jetairfly was the first leisure airline worldwide to introduce the Embraer E-Jet 190 in its fleet. In the autumn of 2013, the new office building and maintenance hangar "Jetairport" was inaugurated at Brussels Airport. In December 2013, Jetairfly was the first and only Belgian airline to introduce the brand new Boeing 787-8 "Dreamliner".

On 14 November 2014, Jetairfly sealed a wet-lease deal to provide up to four aircraft with crew to operate on behalf of ECAir, the flag carrier of the Republic of the Congo, from mid 2015 on.[6][7]

In 2015, it was the first and only Belgian airline with an ISO 14001 certification for their focus on sustainability and the smallest ecological footprint.[8][9]

On 13 May 2015, it was announced by the TUI Group that all five of TUI's airline subsidiaries will be named TUI fly,[10] whilst keeping their separate Air Operator's Certificate, taking over three years to complete.[11] On 19 October 2016, Jetairfly received the new brand name TUI fly Belgium with the legal name still being TUI Airlines Belgium NV [3] as the second airline within the TUI group which underwent the name change.[2]

Destinations[edit]

TUI fly Belgium has a network of 180 routes to more than 100 airports in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Caribbean, Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Africa and the United States. The airline's home base is Brussels Airport, but flights are also operated from 8 other bases: Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Liege Airport, Ostend-Bruges International Airport, Antwerp Airport, Lille Airport in France, Mohammed V International Airport Casablanca and Marrakesh Menara Airport in Morocco.[12]

Fleet[edit]

TUI fly Belgium Boeing 787-8 still wearing Jetairfly titles
TUI fly Belgium Embraer 190 still wearing Jetairfly titles

The TUI fly Belgium fleet includes the following aircraft, as of May 2017:[13][14]

TUIfly Belgium fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P E Total
Boeing 737-700 5 148 148
Boeing 737-800 16 189 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 4 TBA
Boeing 767-300ER 1 31 264 295
Boeing 787-8 1 1[15] 47 253 300
Embraer 190 4 112 112
Total 27 5

Fleet modernisation[edit]

TUI Group has 70 737 MAXs on order for the group.[16] The order consists of 18 MAX 10 aircraft,[17] with the remaining variants unspecified as of June 2017.

In 2018 TUI fly Belgium will receive a total of 4 new MAX aircraft. Over the next 4 years they will receive a total of 19 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.[18] Deliveries of the new aircraft to the TUI Group will commence in January 2018 with the first aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 being delivered to TUI fly Belgium.[19]

Service[edit]

Short- and medium-haul[edit]

TUI fly Belgium head office in Ostend

On short-and medium haul flights, there are three types of service offered on all-Economy Class aircraft:

  • Economy Class with buy on board service offering snacks and drinks for purchase.
  • Economy Class with standard service, including catering.
  • Economy Class with Service Plus/VIP Selection, offering premium meals, free alcohol, newspapers. Access to the VIP lounge at Brussels-Zaventem Airport, with separate check-in and security fast lane.[20]

Long-haul[edit]

Boeing 767
  • Economy Class with standard service including catering.
  • Comfort Class with lounge access and security fast lane at Brussels-Zaventem Airport, premium meals including free alcohol, newspapers, extra legroom and amenity kits.
Boeing 787[21]
  • Economy Class with standard service including catering.
  • Economy+ Class with extra legroom and enhanced standard services.
  • Premium Club with lounge access and security fast lane at Brussels-Zaventem Airport, premium meals including free alcohol, newspapers, extra-legroom seats and amenity kits.

On all long-haul flights there is AVOD for every passenger.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tuifly.be
  2. ^ a b c d ch-aviation.com - Jetairfly rebrands as TUIfly Belgium 21 October 2016
  3. ^ a b https://www.tuifly.be/en/legal/company_information
  4. ^ "Marokkaanse Jet4you gaat op in Belgische Jetairfly" (in Dutch). Nieuwsblad.be. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ http://pers.jetair.be/pressroom/persberichten/20120322_Jetairfly.pdf Press release 22 March 2012. (Dutch)
  6. ^ "Congo's ECAIR adds first Jetairfly B737 to fleet". Ch-aviation.com. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Belgium’s Jetairfly Seals Wet-Lease Deal With ECAir". Aerosmart.com. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jetairfly, the first Belgian airline with ISO 14001 certification". 20 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  9. ^ "Jetairfly ecological footprint". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  10. ^ "Name change TUIfly will become TUI fly". Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "TUI Group to rebrand five airlines as ‘TUI’". Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jetairfly annonce une base à Lille" (in French). air-journal.fr. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Belgian Aircraft Register". Belgian Government - Official information and services. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  14. ^ https://www.tuifly.be/en/our-fleet
  15. ^ "TUI fly Belgium get second Boeing 787 Dreamliner spring 2018, first 737 Max January 2018". aviation24.be. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Boeing 737 Orders & Deliveries
  17. ^ PARIS: Leisure group TUI converts 18 orders to 737 Max 10
  18. ^ "TUI fly Belgium continues fleet modernisation with 4 Boeing 737 MAX 8 in 2018". aviation24.be. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  19. ^ "TUI Group announce selection of 18 Boeing 737 MAX 10s". aviation24.be. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  20. ^ Spinnae, David (2 December 2010). "Jetairfly breidt uit : nieuwe lijn, verhoogde vluchtfrequenties, vlootuitbreiding met de nieuwste technologie" (in Dutch). Flightlevel. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "Home". JetairFly Dreamliner. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

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