Founded 2007 Focus cities Cologne Bonn Airport
Frequent-flyer program FriendChips
Alliance TUI Airlines Fleet size 39 Destinations 36 Parent company TUI Travel Headquarters Langenhagen, Germany Key people Dr. Michael Frenzel (TUI) Website www.tuifly.com
TUIfly Vermarktungs GmbH is an airline based at Hannover Airport in Langenhagen, Lower Saxony, Germany. The airline offers both charter and scheduled low-cost flights. About 60% of all seats are sold directly, 30% as a part of a TUI holiday package and 10% by other agencies. TUIfly, with its fleet of 38 aircraft, is the third largest airline in Germany, behind Lufthansa and Air Berlin.
The airline was formed in 2007 by the merger of Hapag Lloyd Flug and Hapag Lloyd Express as a branch of TUI Travel. The airline codes of its predecessor are still in use, and until September 24, 2010 (when it was changed to TUIJET) the old YELLOWCAB callsign was used, too.
In the second quarter of 2007, the load factor was at about 79%, after about 92% in the year before. Subsequently, the company announced the closure of its Leipzig/Halle and Bremen bases, in order to grow in Cologne/Bonn instead. On 29 January 2008, plans were announced to merge TUIfly with Eurowings and Germanwings (the Lufthansa low-cost brands) into a joint and independent holding company, but were withdrawn as talks turned out to be unsuccessful.
TUI Travel confirmed on 27 March 2009 that it had sealed a strategic partnership with Air Berlin that would see Tui Travel take a 20% stake in Air Berlin, and Air Berlin 20% in TUIfly. Due to regulatory matters, this was changed to 9.9%. Air Berlin will also wet-lease 17 aircraft from TUIfly and take over all of TUIfly's city connections. TUI will focus on serving the charter market with 21 aircraft of the remaining fleet. From 25 October 2009, all German domestic flights previously operated by TUIfly were taken over by Air Berlin, as well as all flights to Austria, Italy and Croatia. Most of these flights are still operated by TUIfly aircraft, but are marketed by Air Berlin.
Like Thomson Airways, TUIfly are also dropping the .com on their livery.
As of June 2011, the TUIfly fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 8.3 years:
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes Boeing 737-700 10 148 Boeing 737-800 27 189 Total 37
All flights within Germany and other non-tourist destinations are operated on behalf of Air Berlin and the service of Air Berlin. TUIfly offers free drinks, snacks, and meals on flights to and from Cape Verde, Egypt, Greece, Israel, southern Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain (including the Canary Islands), and Tunisia. Hot meals are served on the longest flights, including those to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt, and Madeira.
- ^ "STCC TRANSAVIA." TUIfly. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
- ^ "Contact." TUIfly. Retrieved on 12 May 2009. "Address: TUIfly Vermarktungs GmbH Karl-Wiechert-Allee 23 30625 Hannover Germany Address Airline TUIfly: TUIfly GmbH Flughafenstraße 10 30855 Langenhagen"
- ^ Announcement of TUI AG
- ^ http://www.airberlin.com/site/pressnews_dr.php?ID=1540&LANG=eng Air Berlin information on taking over TUIfly routes. Retrieved 2009-09-11
- ^ http://www.tuitravelplc.com/tuitravel/media/press/?ref=58
- ^ http://www.tuifly.com/en/service/faqs_flugpreise_buchungen.html TUIfly information on flights taken over by Air Berlin. Retrieved 2009-09-11
- ^ TUIfly fleet list at planespotters.net
- ^ "In the air." TUIfly. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
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