Airlines TUI to increase order for Boeing 737 MAX
TUI Group said, that it expects to take delivery of 90 737MAX aircraft. Currently, the Group has ordered 70 aircraft, which would imply an acquisition of 20 new aircraft.
In an interview with the “FAZ”, TUI Chief Friedrich Joussen stated, that the group has 70 Boeing 737 MAX on order but plans to take delivery of 90. This suggests, that TUI prepares a further order of over 20 new aircraft. Furthermore, Joussen said, that investments in cruise ships and hotels are planned. Currently, TUI has 327 hotels and intends to add 30-40 more, especially in the Caribbean and South-East Asia.
On January 30, 2018, TUI´s subsidiary TUI fly Belgium will receive its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. After the transfer was made today, the aircraft will fly from Boeing´s facility in Seattle (United States), via Iceland to its new Homebase, Brussels Airport (Belgium). By the end of 2018, nine Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be delivered to TUI in Belgium, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. TUI´s German subsidiary expects to receive its first 737 MAX in the first quarter of 2019. Deliveries of all 70 new aircraft will last until 2023.
By adding the first Boeing 737 MAX to the fleet, TUI begins its fleet modernization programme. The aircraft are modern and more efficient. The 737 MAX features a 20 per cent lower kerosene consumption and thus has lower CO2 emissions. According to Boeing, the MAX-series aircraft will have a 40% smaller noise footprint.
Altogether, the airlines of TUI group operate with a fleet of over 150 aircraft, including Embraer 190, Airbus A330, Boeing 737 Next gen., Boeing 757, Boeing 767 and Boeing 787. Mostly, TUI operates as charter airline to holiday destinations throughout Europe or Africa.
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