Category Archives: TUI fly (Germany)

All 5 TUI airlines to be merged, based in Hanover, as fleets are reduced

TUI fly Germany has made this announcement:

  • Supervisory Board supports restructuring plans and mandates management to negotiate with works councils and trade unions
  • Existing employment guarantee until the end of 2021 for all German TUI companies also applies to the restructuring of TUI fly
  • Commitment to company headquarters and the airline base Hanover: Hanover and Düsseldorf remain the largest bases of the TUI fly fleet

TUI fly Germany Managing Director Oliver Lackmann explains after the meeting of the Supervisory Board of TUI fly GmbH in Hanover:

“At the June 18 meeting, the management again presented the plans for the restructuring of the German holiday airline to the TUI fly Supervisory Board and explained in detail the need for changes. There is no doubt that these are major changes and cutbacks for our employees and for the company. Nobody takes the decision lightly, neither I myself as managing director and flight captain nor the supervisory board. But the TUI fly fleet is too large for the customer base of our German TUI tour operator. We must reduce this fleet and work more closely together within the five airlines of the Group. Otherwise, as a premium provider of holiday flights, we will further increase our competitive disadvantage over other airlines.

Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, the German airline market was characterised by considerable overcapacity and a fierce price competition. The coronavirus pandemic has led to severe disruptions in the airline sector, especially for holiday flyers. The regular business of TUI fly has come to a complete standstill since mid-March. According to forecasts, air traffic in the coming year will still be significantly lower than the volume in 2019. Even in the peak season, the TUI fly fleet was not able to achieve a cost-covering occupancy rate before Coronavirus. In the past, between 14 and seven aircraft with crews were permanently leased to Air Berlin and later to Eurowings. These were thus aircraft and seats which we as a tour operator were unable to fill with our own customers. The situation has now become even more difficult due to the pandemic. In the long-term interests of all employees of our airline – and in the interests of TUI as a whole – we must make TUI fly fit for the future.

We want to come to an agreement with the representatives of the workforce as quickly as possible. The Supervisory Board of TUI fly has mandated the management to enter into negotiations with the works councils and the trade unions. The negotiations are also based on the employment protection scheme in place until the end of 2021, agreed with the Group Employee Council for all TUI Group companies in Germany. It excludes dismissals for operational reasons with effect before the end of 2021. We see this agreement, which has been in place since 2019, as an opportunity to make the restructuring as socially responsible as possible. The Supervisory Board also underlined this goal today. We are very aware that the reduction of each individual position is about colleagues who are highly loyal to their airline. Our aim is to secure as many jobs as possible in TUI fly in the long term. However, this will only succeed if we adjust the size of the airline to a healthy and future-proof level. We will take into account the interests of the employees, the Hanover airport location and TUI as a whole in our decisions. We are now at the beginning, not at the end, of the negotiations on the design of the restructuring. The core of the plans is the announced adjustment of the fleet to about half of the current 39 aircraft.

In addition, central functions are to be more closely integrated across all five Group airlines. In a first step, TUI’s European airlines will be merged under one company. This central flight division for TUI Group airlines will be based in Hanover.

TUI fly plans to cut jobs in technical, administrative and crew functions since fewer aircraft will be used. In future, TUI fly intends to concentrate on the departure airports of Hanover and Düsseldorf as the largest fleet locations, as well as Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart”.

Currently there are five airlines in the TUI Group operating around 150 medium- and long-haul aircraft, including the largest fleet of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The airlines are TUI Airways, TUI fly, TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Netherlands and TUI fly Nordic, serving more than 180 destinations around the world.

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TUI AG to get a German Federal government bridge loan

TUI (Germany) has made this announcement:

KfW and TUI AG confirm the signing of the state aid bridging loan for 1.8 billion euros. The loan had been committed by the German Federal Government on March 27 as part of the COVID-19 state support program. TUI’s current Revolving Credit Facility “RCF” banking consortium supports the KfW loan and the addition of the 1.8 billion euros into TUI’s existing RCF credit line.

Following the international travel restrictions, TUI decided to apply for the KfW loan in order to cushion the unprecedented effects of the pandemic until normal business operations can be resumed. TUI like others had to temporarily suspend its tour operator, flight, hotel and cruise programmes. TUI is a very healthy company that was economically successful before the crisis – it has a strong strategic positioning, structure and substance. The current financial year 2020 had started off with extremely strong bookings.

TUI CEO Fritz Joussen: “Our employees are rightly proud of TUI’s success in recent years and they should continue to be in the future – after this crisis We must bridge this unprecedented global situation. The German Government has acted quickly to support jobs and companies during these exceptional times. We are now preparing intensively for when our operations can resume after the Coronavirus crisis and firmly believe, people will continue to want to travel and explore other countries and cultures in the future.”

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TUI fly Germany opens up the Caribbean from Düsseldorf

TUI fly Deutschland on February 4 added new service to Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Cancun from Düsseldorf available for booking. Flights will commence on November 4, 2020 for the next winter season.

Two TUI Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners will be operated on the routes.

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TUI fly Germany to start long-haul Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights from Dusseldorf

TUI fly (Germany) has reportedly selected Dusseldorf International Airport as the launch airport for its new planned Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner long-haul flights.

Services are expected to be launched in November 2020 to the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

TUI fly will base two Boeing 787-8s at DUS.

TUI AG, the world’s largest tour company, holds a majority of shares in TUI Travel PLC, London, to which the TUI fly airline company belongs. TUI fly uses 26 Boeing 737 aircraft to fly to the classic holiday destinations for TUI.

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TUI fly Germany to fly long-haul with two Boeing 787 Dreamliners

TUI fly Germany made this announcement (translated from German):

The decision for long-haul flights at TUI fly in Germany has been made and confirmed by the TUI Group.

With the beginning of the winter timetable 2020/21, TUI fly will start long-distance flights from Germany.

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will fly to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico.

“An agreement with the social partners makes the decision for the long haul flights possible. Strategically, the long-haul segment brings several advantages for the TUI Group: The feeder flights for cruises of the “Mein Schiff” fleet of TUI Cruises are operated under their own flag. The TUI Group is strong on long-haul destinations and owns a comprehensive hotel portfolio in the Caribbean. The approach of long-haul destinations, such as the Cape Verde Islands, is also being considered. There, the TUI Group has a strong presence with its own hotel brands such as RIU, Robinson and TUI Blue, “says Oliver Lackmann, Managing Director of TUIfly GmbH.”

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