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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.

Jetairfly aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

 

 

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TUI AG to sell Corsair to Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraibes

Corsair International (Paris-Orly), the French airline unit of TUI AG, will be sold to Groupe Dubreuil, the owner of Air Caraibes. Both carriers will be operated separately according to this report by Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg, “Dubreuil, who sold French carrier Regional Airlines to Air France in 2000, said he plans to sign a lease deal for three A350s from an unspecified supplier, adding to six of the wide-body twinjets that are already due to arrive from 2016 through 2023 — three ordered outright for Air Caraibes and three to be leased from ILFC, now owned by AerCap Holdings NV.”

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Top Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. The three Corsair 747-400s are currently configured in a high-density two-class 533 seat layout and are too big for the current routes and will be retired in 2017. Boeing 747-422 F-GTUI (msn 26875) taxies at the Paris (Orly) base.

Corsair aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Air Caraibes aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

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Below Copyright Photo: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Caraibes’ Airbus A330-223 F-OFDF (msn 253) holds short of the runway at London (Gatwick).

Corsair Route Map:

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Corsair 2.2015 Route Map

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TUI Travel commits for 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Boeing (Chicago) and TUI Travel PLC (London) announced a commitment today for 60 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $6.09 billion at list prices. The commitment by one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups includes 737 MAX 8s and 9s. Boeing looks forward to working with TUI Travel to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

“A major part of TUI Travel’s strategy is to provide our customers with unique holiday experiences that they can only get from us,” said Peter Long, Chief Executive, TUI Travel. “This multi-billion pound investment in the Boeing 737 MAX – representing the future generation of more fuel-efficient aircraft for our short and medium-haul programs – will be a further driver in delivering this.”

The TUI Travel airlines are Arkefly (Netherlands), Corsair International (France), Jetairfly (Belgium), Thomson Airways (UK), TUIfly (Germany) and TUIfly Nordic (Sweden). This graph shows TUI Travels’ brands and market shares in these key European markets:

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Top Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. The new aircraft will replace the current generation of Boeing 737-800s. Thomson Airways’ 737-8K5 WL G-TAWK (msn 28836) is pictured at Manchester in the new TUI colors (please click on the photo for the full-size view).

Arkefly: AG Slide Show

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Jetairfly: AG Slide Show

Thomson Airways: AG Slide Show

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TUIfly Nordic: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. TUIfly was ranked the most fuel-efficient charter airline worldwide for short-haul and long-haul flights in the 2012 Airline Index published by the German environmental NGO, atmosfair, indicating how TUIfly’s investment in modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft and focus on efficient aeronautical procedures are yielding results. Thomson Airways came second for most efficient charter airline for short haul flights. TUIfly’s (TUIfly.com) Boeing 737-8K5 WL D-ATUD (msn 34585) in the special Haribo Goldbaren scheme climbs away from Frankfurt (please click on photo for full-size view).

Corsair International accepts its first Airbus A330-300

Corsair International (Paris-Orly) yesterday (November 27) took delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The aircraft was delivered at a special ceremony in Toulouse attended by Corsair Chairman, Pascal de Izaguirre.

This new A330-300 is part of TUI’s commitment to invest in today’s greenest aircraft and to strengthen services from  Paris across the Atlantic Ocean, to the French West Indies, Canada and West Africa  and to the Indian Ocean destinations The aircraft is the first to be delivered from the two  A330-300s ordered in December 2010. It will enter in commercial service by end of this month .

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A330-343E F-WWCZ became F-HSKY (msn 1359) on the handover at Toulouse.

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Corsair to resume weekly service to Cancun on November 1

Corsair International (formerly Corsairfly) (Paris-Orly) is planning to resume weekly Paris (Orly)-Cancun service with Boeing 747-400s starting on November 1 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: The Corsair fleet is being repainted from its Corsairfly and TUI livery to the new “shades of blue” 2012 livery. This former United Airlines Boeing 747-422 F-GTUI (msn 26875) displays the 2001 TUI color scheme.

To see the various liveries – Corsair Slide Show: 

Current Route Map:

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Corsair International introduces its new color scheme on this Airbus A330

Corsair International (formerly Corsairfly) (Paris-Orly) as planned, has introduced its new color scheme on this Airbus A330-200.

Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Airbus A330-243 F-HBIL (msn 320) completes its final approach into Montreal (Trudeau) in the new livery.

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Corsairfly rebrands as Corsair International

Corsairfly (Corsairfly.com) (Paris-Orly) is going back to its roots, rebranding as Corsair International with an imposing new livery. The first aircraft has not yet been painted, but an Airbus A330-200 is expected to be repainted this summer.

According to Wikipedia, the French airline was established in 1981 and started operations on May 17, 1981 as Corse Air International. It was founded by the Corsican Rossi family and was acquired by Nouvelles Frontières, a French tour operator, in 1990 and the name was changed to Corsair. Worldwide traffic rights were obtained in 1991. In 2000 TUI AG, one of the world’s leading tour operator groups, took over Nouvelles Frontières. In 2004, Corsair aircraft were repainted in the above TUI colors using the Corsairfly name. On March 22, 2012, the airline announced it was changing its name to Corsair International.

Top Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf.

Corsairfly Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Image: Corsairfly. The Boeing 747-400s are being phased out so they are unlikely to be painted in this new scheme.