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Sunwing Airlines to offer twice-weekly Boeing 787 flights to Amsterdam

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto-Pearson) has issued this statement about new wet-leased Boeing 787 service between Toronto (Pearson) and Amsterdam:

Sunwing Airlines first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights begin this Saturday, June 27. Only available on the carrier’s twice-weekly service from Toronto to Amsterdam that will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays until September 2, 2015, this is the first time that Sunwing customers will be able to relax on the new state-of-the-art, wide-bodied aircraft as they start their European vacation.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Arke is believed to be the operator although this was not specified in the announcement. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFL (msn 37228) taxies at the Amsterdam base.

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TUI Group to retire the Thomson brand in the UK

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TUI Group (Hannover) has decided to retire the Thomson brand in the United Kingdom according to this report by Reuters. The retirement of the Thomson brand, which started selling holiday packages in 1965, would presumably also include Thomson Airways (formerly Thomsonfly) (London-Gatwick), although this remains unconfirmed.

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The TUI Group is moving towards a single TUI brand and this of course would probably also affect Arke (Arkefly) and Jetairfly. The move is expected to take several years to complete.

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Copyright Photo below: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Thomson Airways’ Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWA (msn 37264) completes the final approach to the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW).

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TUI Group finalizes its order for one Boeing 787-9, converts two 787-8 orders to the larger 787-9

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and TUI Group, one of the world’s largest integrated leisure travel companies, have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for one further 787-9. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two unfilled orders for 787-8s for two 787-9s.

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The European leisure group will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and with today’s announcement will add three 787-9s to its fleet within the next three years.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometers (450 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

There are six airlines in the TUI Group operating 144 medium and long-haul aircraft, including the 787. The airlines are TUIfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly Nordic, Jetairfly, Corsair International and ArkeFly (Arke), serving more than 180 destinations around the world. Throughout its history, Boeing has delivered more than 165 airplanes to TUI Group airlines. As well as the orders for 787s, TUI Group also has ordered 60 737 MAXs.

In addition to TUI Group’s selection of the efficient 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX, TUI Group is a partner on the Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757, which is currently testing new technologies to reduce airplane carbon emissions and noise.

Videos: The Thomson Boeing 787-8.

Video: Flight review: Thomson Boeing 787-8 to Puerto Plata: This is a flight review of our Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flight to Puetro Plata (Gregorio Luperón International Airport) in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. We flew in economy class called “Dreamliner Class” on the Dreamliner. All footage of the journey is filmed from the economy class cabin. Our flight crew was mainly British with a Scandinavian stewardess on board too. Our Thomson Airways Dreamliner (Boeing 787-8) had registration number G-TUIA and was named “Living the Dream”. Our flight started at Copenhagen Airport in Denmark and the aircraft passengers where mainly Scandinavians (Swedish and Danish nationality). Our charter holiday trips where booked via Star Tour (name for TUI in Denmark) (Fritidsresor as TUI are called in Swedish) which is the same as TUI travel in the UK and Germany.

Copyright Photo below: Evert Keijzer Ironbird Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner OO-JDL (msn 34425) beautifully flies over the English Channel in the 2012 TUI livery.

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Arke to bring the Boeing 787 to Toronto next summer

Arke (formerly Arkefly) (Amsterdam) will introduce the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Amsterdam – Toronto (Pearson) route starting on June 27, 2015. The new type will replace a Boeing 767-300 and will operate twice-weekly until September 2, 2015 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Arke’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFK (msn 36427) lands at Luton Airport near London.

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Arke to expand Boeing 787 destinations next summer

Arke (formerly Arkefly) (Amsterdam) is expanding its Boeing 787 destinations next summer. The TUI Travel company will add 787 service to Cancun (March 30), Holguin (March 30), Montego Bay (April 2), Puerto Plata (March 29), Punta Cana (March 29) and Varadero (April 1) from Amsterdam per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner PH-TFK (msn 36427) named #dreamcatcher arrives in Antalya.

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Arke takes delivery of its first Boeing 787, PH-TFK arrives in Amsterdam

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Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Arke (formerly Arkefly) (Amsterdam) today celebrated the arrival of the airline’s first 787-8 Dreamliner at the Dutch carrier’s base at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The pictured 787-8 PH-TFK (msn 36427) departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington on Wednesday (June 4) on its delivery flight to the Netherlands. Arke is part of TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in the world.

Arke will use the 787 on its service between Amsterdam and the islands of Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. The airplane is the first of three Dreamliners to join the carrier’s all-Boeing fleet that also includes Next-Generation 737s and 767-300 ERs (Extended Range). TUI Travel has ordered a total of 15 787-8s, of which six have been delivered and are currently in operation with three of the six airlines it operates; Thomson Airways, Jetairfly and now Arke.

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Arkefly shortens its name to just Arke

Arkefly (named after the largest Dutch tour operator, Arke) (Amsterdam) was reborn on April 21, 2005 after Dutch TUI took over the assets of bankrupt HollandExel (formerly Air Holland) and renamed it Arkefly. The first aircraft was painted in the TUI color scheme on May 31, 2005 at Maastricht.

Arkefly has now shortened its name to just Arke after its owner. As part of this rebranding, the fleet is also getting this new red, white and blue TUI color scheme. All of the aircraft will have this new look by the end of 2014.

Arke now flies to 65 destinations worldwide. You can book a flight to the Caribbean, the United States, Dubai and other destinations around the Mediterranean. Arke flies the Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 767-300 (above). From July 2014, Arke will fly the Boeing 787 to Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-304 ER PH-OYI (msn 29138) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

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