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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.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Route Map: Current routes from London Gatwick:

Thomson 5.2015 LGW Route Map

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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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.

Copyright Photo: Boeing.

Arkefly: AG Slide Show

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.

Arkefly: AG Slide Show

TUIfly to add long-haul Caribbean routes from Hamburg

TUIfly (TUIfly.com) (Hannover) will launch new long-haul leisure routes from Hamburg in November to the Caribbean. According to Airline Route, twice-weekly flights will be started to Barbados on November 22, Cancun on November 2, La Romana on November 29 and Punta Cana on November 1. The four new routes will be flown by TUI partner airline Arkefly (Amsterdam) Boeing 767-300s.

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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:

TUI Travel Sectors (TUI)(LR)

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

Corsair International: AG Slide Show

Jetairfly: AG Slide Show

Thomson Airways: AG Slide Show

TUIfly: AG Slide Show

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).

Newsworthy Photo of the Day – May 28, 2013

Arkefly (TUI Airlines Nederland) (AirExplore) Boeing 737-46J OM-DEX (msn 28867) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 912294.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Arkefly: AG Slide Show

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