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.