TUI fly Belgium will be leasing a Boeing 737-800 from AirExplore for this upcoming summer season. The airline is asking its social media readers to help design a livery for the summer lease:
“In the busy summer months we rent extra planes to bring everyone to their destination. But such a white aircraft is of course a bit boring … That’s why we ask you if you want to make a creative, unique, funny, eye-catching design for our AirExplore Boeing 737-800. This will take off and land all summer at Brussels Airport. Upload your design for the tail and fuselage of the aircraft before Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 11.59 pm. Good luck!
To make optimal use of its fleet during the less busy winter season in Europe, TUI fly Belgium is operating charter flights from Canada and the United States. A total of eight Belgian registered aircraft (and Belgian crews) are flying tourists to and from exotic – and warmer – destinations.
The holiday airline is operating for Apple Leisure Group (ALG), a vertically-integrated travel and hospitality conglomerate focused on packaged travel and resort/brand management in Mexico and the Caribbean. And for two charter airlines: Sunwing Airlines and Miami Air, the latter, however, without Belgian crew.
TUI fly Belgium (TUI Airlines Belgium) (Brussels) has announced it will divert its flights to and from Belgium on February 13 due to a national strike. The airline will divert its flights to neighboring France and the Netherlands airports and bus the passengers to Brussels.
The airline has a network of 180 routes and flies to more than 100 airports. TUI fly is the second largest Belgian airline company.
TUI fly was founded at the end of 2003 and started operations in March 2004 with 5 aircraft.
The airline now has 17 aircraft:
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): TUI Airlines (Belgium) Boeing 737-8K5 WL OO-JAQ (msn 35148) AYT (Andi Hiltl). Image: 945636.
Cooperation between the two companies began in 2016 when Latvian based ACMI provider wet-leased 2 aircraft to Belgium airline for a busy summer season.
The collaboration proved to be successful and continued during the following seasons with the increasing number of units leased each year.
At the end of 2018, SmartLynx Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium reached their most ambitious agreement to date.
Starting in 2019, for 3 summer seasons in a row, 4 SmartLynx aircraft will be flying under TUI flight numbers sharing best business practices together. Belgium is considered to be the base for the 2019 operations and the bases for the remaining contract term will be decided.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): SmartLynx Airlines (Latvia) Airbus A320-211 YL-BBC (msn 142) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 907247.
TUI Group, the world’s largest tourism business, is celebrating the delivery of the operator’s first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (OO-MAX). TUI Airlines (Belgium) is the TUI Group operator of the new type.
The 737 MAX delivers the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market by incorporating the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, the Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays, and other improvements. The efficiency gains have helped make the MAX the fastest selling airplane in Boeing history with more than 4,300 orders to date from 92 customers worldwide.
TUI Group has 51 additional orders of the 737 MAX 8 and four 787 Dreamliners. The Group also has 18 unfilled orders for the 737 MAX 10 and was the first European operator to select the latest and largest member of the 737 MAX family of airplanes.
The pictured OO-MAX was officially handed over on January 29, 2018. OO-MAX went into revenue service on February 5, 2018 between Brussels and Tenerife Sur (TFS).
Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Belgium) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 OO-MAX (msn 44588) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 940811.
According to the agreement between SmartLynx Airlines Estonia OU, the Estonian subsidiary of SmartLynx Airlines Ltd., and TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. signed in November 2017, SmartLynx will wet lease three Airbus A320 swith Estonian registration marks ES-SAO (msn 936), ES-SAK (msn 888) and ES-SAS (msn 1725) to TUI Airlines Belgium.
The aircraft seating configuration is 180 Y all economy, MTOW 77 tons.
The lease term for all three aircraft differs, the total term of the leases ranges from April 16, 2017 until October 30, 2018.
All aircraft will operate from the base in Brussels, Belgium.
This is a continuation of a successful collaboration initiated between these two airlines in 2016.
At the beginning of 2017, SmartLynx wet leased two aircraft Airbus A320 to TUI Airlines Belgium.
Copyright Photo: Bjorn van der Velpen. OO-TUC taxies at Maastricht after repainting.
Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) (Brussels) has dropped its all-blue with smiling TUI brand on its Boeing 767-341 ER OO-TUC (msn 24844) and the other 767-300 for a more subdued generic brand with very small titles by the nose. Competitor Thomas Cook Belgium bought a lot of seats on TUI’s charter flights for the winter season and probably did not want their booked passengers getting on a competitor’s emblazoned aircraft.