TUIfly

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This article is about the German airline. For the organization of airlines of the TUI Group, see TUI Airlines.
TUIfly
TUIfly.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
X3 TUI TUI JET
Founded 1972
(as Hapag-Lloyd Flug)
2007
(as TUIfly)
Focus cities
Alliance TUI Airlines
Fleet size 31
Destinations 39
Parent company TUI Group
Headquarters Langenhagen, Germany
Key people Klaus Wellmann, CEO
Website tuifly.com

TUIfly[1] is a German leisure airline owned by the travel and tourism company TUI Group. It is headquartered at Hannover Airport[2] with bases at several other German airports. TUIfly is part of the TUI Airlines.

History[edit]

TUIfly head office in Hannover

Formation[edit]

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with Eurowings and Germanwings (the Lufthansa low-cost brands) into a joint and independent holding company, but were withdrawn as talks turned out to be unsuccessful.[3]

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%.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Most of these flights are still operated by TUIfly aircraft, but are marketed by Air Berlin.

Development since 2013[edit]

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.[7] The livery has been updated once again, as of 2016, with new revised "TUI" titles and a new logo.[8][9]

In September 2014, TUIfly decided to relocate their operations at Zweibrücken Airport to nearby Saarbrücken Airport as Zweibrücken Airport faces bankruptcy and an uncertain future.[10]

In January 2016, TUIfly announced to leave Hamburg Airport entirely due to the increasing competition from low-cost carriers. The summer seasonal routes have not resumed, and all remaining destinations were cancelled by March 2016.[11]

Operations[edit]

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 with Air Berlin's service concept. 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.[12]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: TUIfly destinations

Fleet[edit]

As of August 2016, the TUIfly fleet consists of the following aircraft:[13]

TUIfly fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P E Total
Boeing 737-700 4 0 148 148 operated for Air Berlin until 2019[14]
Boeing 737-800 27 0 189 189
Total 31

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "STCC TRANSAVIA." TUIfly. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  2. ^ "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"
  3. ^ "Announcement of TUI AG". Tui-group.com. 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Air Berlin information on taking over TUIfly routes". AirBerlin.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.tuitravelplc.com/tuitravel/media/press/?ref=58[dead link]
  6. ^ "TUIfly information on flights taken over by Air Berlin". Tuifly.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.airliners.de/tuifly-erhaelt-erste-boeing-737-im-neuen-design/31531
  8. ^ https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1629/24800528415_c456502a26_c.jpg
  9. ^ https://www.tuifly.com/downloads/Logo_blauer_Hintergrund.png
  10. ^ http://ch-aviation.com/portal/news/31189-germanys-tuifly-to-close-zweibrcken-base-in-november
  11. ^ ch-aviation.com - TUIfly to end Hamburg operations over LCC threat 13 January 2016
  12. ^ "In the air." TUIfly. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  13. ^ planespotters.net - TUIfly Fleet Details and History retrieved 3 August 2016
  14. ^ "Pichler macht Punkte – Sanierungsplan für Air Berlin". aero.de. Retrieved 2016-08-04. 

External links[edit]

Media related to TUIfly at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°27′29″N 9°42′28″E / 52.45806°N 9.70778°E / 52.45806; 9.70778