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Name: TUIFLY
7JetSet7 Code: HLX
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: LANGENHAGEN
Country: GERMANY
Employees 60
Web: tuifly.com
Email: info@tuifly.com
Telephone: +49 511 566 1616
Fax: +49 511 566 1166
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Formed and started operations in 2002. Domestic & international, scheduled & charter, passenger, jet airplane services.

Address:
Benkendorffstr 22B
30855 Langenhagen, Germany

Germany (Federal Republic of Germany) was established in 1949, it covers an area of 356,945 sq km, its population is 85 million, its capital city is Berlin, and its official language is German.

August 2002: 8 orders (December 2002) 737-75B, 148Y, Germania (GER) wet-leased for low-fare operator Hapag Lloyd Express (formed by TUI) to be based at Cologne/Bonn and initially serve 10 European destinations. Airplanes will be painted yellow to give the appearance of "taxi like" service.

(http://www.hl-express.de).

November 2002: In December 2002, Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Cologne - Berlin, Hamburg, Bergamo, Naples, Venice, Pisa, and London (LTN).

Wolfgang Kurth, TUI Airline Management CEO, assumed the additional role of CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX).

December 2002: In April 2003, Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) plans to open Hannover as its 2nd German base with flights to Rome (CIO)/Venice, Nice, and possibly Naples. Cologne - Madrid, Manchester, Marseiile, Nice, Barcelona (Reus), Rome (CIO), and Valencia. Plans +4 737-700's, Germania (GER) leased, for total 12 by end of 2003, and at least 24 airplanes in 2005. Has a target of 1.3 million passengers in 2003, & >5 million by 2005.

January 2003: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) to add Berlin (Tegel) - London (Luton).

February 2003: In April 2003, Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) will grow its fleet from 4 737's to 10, with 2 based at Hannover, as its 2nd hub. Will serve 17 destinations in summer, including those in Germany.

March 2003: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) expects to receive its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by April 2003. (http://www.hlx.com). It will add 2 737-500's from its parent, (HAP).

June 2003: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Cologne - Palermo (5/week).

August 2003: Lufthansa (DLH)'s regional partner Eurowings (RFG) has its backing for its low-cost subsidiary, Germanwings to counter-attack the growing challenge of other low-cost carriers, particularly Ryanair (RYR) and EasyJet (EZY), on its own turf. They do not feel threatened by Air Berlin (BER), Deutsche BA (DBA), Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), or Germania (GER) Express. (DLH) is also dribbling onto the market, special low fares for early bookers on its own domestic and cross-border services. (HLX) plans to add Stuttgart to its German network, which currently encompasses Hamburg & Berlin, plus dual hubs at Hannover & Cologne - Bonn. In October 2003, Stuttgart to Rome and Venice, & in December 2003, to Naples & Pisa, increasing total destinations to 20 throughout Europe. (HLX) plans to establish bases in Hamburg and Munich in 2004.

October 2003: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Cologne/Bonn - Geneva (daily).

November 2003: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Stuttgart - Klagenfurt (3/week).

December 2003: Joins European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA), including Air Berlin (BER), Basiq Air (TAV), FlyBe (BEE), Flying Finn (FFW), Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Ryanair (RYR), Sky Europe (SKP), Sterling (STR), Sverigefly, and VolareWeb (VLR).

Effective April 2004, Hapag Lloyd (HAP) is merging its schedules with (HLX).

January 2004: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) 2003 = 2.2 million passengers (PAX). Cologne/Bonn accounted for 1.5 million passengers (PAX).

In April 2004, Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Hamburg - Dublin (4/week); Stuttgart - Dublin (3/week).

February 2004: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) switched from Dusseldorf to Cologne/Bonn, to start Cologne/Bonn - Palma de Mallorca (daily). (HLX) marketing agreement with VolareWeb (VLR), Germany to Italy: in April 2004, Cologne/Bonn & Stuttgart to Bari (737-700, 3/week); Berlin - Naples; Hannover/Stuttgart - Palermo (2/week); Stuttgart - Bilbao, Manchester, Olbia, Valencia; Hamburg - Naples; Berlin (TXL) - Klagenfurt (3/week); Stuttgart - Manchester (4/week); in May 2004, Hannover - Newcastle; Hamburg - Klagenfurt (3/week). Transferred Stuttgart - Catania to (HAP).

April 2004: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), Stuttgart - Manchester.

May 2004: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), resumes in June 2004, Stuttgart - Klagenfurt (3/week).

Code share with Air Polonia (APL), Hahn - Warsaw and Cologne/Bonn - Katowice.

September 2004: In January 2005, parent TUI will realign its management structure, resulting in Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) being integrated into the Central Europe sector managed by Volker Boettcher. (HLX) and charter/leisure carrier Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HAP) will be managed "on the basis of a joint platform." The airline division will be managed by Wolfgang John, who will continue to report to Boettcher. Both airlines and brands will be retained in their current forms and will operate independently.

October 2004: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX), in December 2004, Hamburg - Edinburgh (3/week). Cologne/Bonn - Newcastle (3/week), & Munich - Newcastle (weekly). Cologne/Bonn - Rijeka, Hannover - Stockholm (ARN). Cologne/Bonn - Shannon.

In January 2005, Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) will be integrated into TUI's central European tourism division although, along with affiliate Hapag Lloyd (HAP), will retain its identity.

Plans to wet-lease 2 F 100's from Germania (GER) in the spring.

November 2004: Cologne/Bonn - Coventry (4/week).

Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) selected FlightVu Cockpit Door Monitoring System to enhance security on its 737-500's.

March 2005: 5-year contract with Lufthansa Systems to provide Lido Route Manual, a new electronically generated navigation chart system for > 40 Hapag Lloyd (HAP) & Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) airplanes.

F 100 (11333), Germania (GER) wet-leased.

May 2005: 60 employees.

September 2005: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) announced plans to concentrate more of its activities at its three main bases of Cologne, Hannover and Stuttgart, where it is expecting the most growth. In the 2006 summer schedule, it will start service to Catania and Cagliari, bringing it up to 10 cities in Italy. Porto will be served from Stuttgart and Cologne and Paris Orly from Hannover. (HLX) is adding Dubrovnik and Leipzig to its network and also will offer flights to Rijeka. (HLX) expects to carry around 3.7 million passengers this year.

October 2005: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) will inaugurate nonstop service from Cologne to Genoa on March 27th. The airline will operate 4 flights a week, on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Saturdays, with a Fokker 100. (HLX) will inaugurate nonstop service from Munich to Rijeka (Croatia) on March 27th. (HLX) will operate 3 flights a week, on Mondays/Wednesdays/Saturdays with a 737-700. (HLX) will inaugurate nonstop seasonal summer service from Cologne to Rimini on March 31st. The airline will operate 1 flight a week, on Fridays, with a 737-700, adding a Monday flight on May 8th.

November 2005: Wolfgang Kurth, CEO, resigns to become CEO of blu-express.com (BPA).

December 2005: Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) expects its first profit this year, CEO, Roland Keppler said. The TUI Group company will transport 3.8 million passengers in 2005 and expects turnover of €240 million/$281.4 million. It is increasing its fleet to 18 airplanes from 15 for the coming summer season. They will include 10 737s wet-leased from Hapag-Fly (HAP), three of which are 737-800s. A further six 737s and two F100s will be leased from Germania (GER). (HLX) will fly to 36 destinations in 10 countries next year, operating within Germany and to leisure destinations. Last year, more than >22 million Germans flew on Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s, up +39% compared to 2003. "On the network side, we will start more services from Munich, where we want to grow in the future. (HLX) will also base two 737s in Stuttgart," Keppler said. (HLX), which has an estimated 4% share of the European (LCC) market, will devote more attention to its operations at Cologne and Hannover while reducing service out of Hamburg, where Germanwings (RFG) has opened a new base and Lufthansa (DLH) has launched several new services with lower fares. "For us, this is a businesswise decision. We will grow, but it has to be profitable. That's why our growth is moderate," Keppler said. (HLX) expects to add around three airplanes per year and grow boardings +20% per year.

Futura International Airways (FUA) CEO, Roman Pane and Britannia Nordic (TNS) Managing Director Goran Gardo were elected President and Vice-President, respectively, of the (IACA) Annual General Meeting (AGM). The organization also ratified five new airline members: Arkefly (HOL), Edelweiss Air (EDE), Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), NIKI (NKI), and Nouvelair (NOU).

February 2006: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) will inaugurate nonstop service from Munich to Venice on May 12th. The airline will operate 6 flights a week, daily except Tuesday, using a 737-700.

737-5K5 (24926, D-AHLD) painted with pink upper fuselage with "T-Mobile" titles.

April 2006: The overall common brand: TUIfly.com (TUG) consists of:

Arkefly (HOL): The Dutch airline flies from Amsterdam to the Dutch Antilles, South America, Africa and to the sunny south of Europe.
(http://www.arkefly.com);
(http://www.arkefly.nl);
(http://www.arkefly.an).

TUIfly Nordic (TNS): From Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, TUIfly Nordic (TNS) flies holidaymakers travelling with the tour operators Fritidsresor, Finnmatkat and Star Tour to southern climes.
(http://www.tuiflynordic.se);
(http://www.fritidsresor.se);
(http://www.startour.dk);
(http://www.startour.no);
(http://www.finnmatkat.fi).

Corsairfly (COR): The French company operates from Paris and other French cities to the Caribbean, the India Ocean, and Morocco.
(http://www.corsairfly.com).

Hapagfly (HAP): From 23 airports in Germany, Hapagfly (HAP) takes passengers to the most beautiful holiday resorts around the Mediterranean.
(http://www.hapagfly.com).

Jetairfly (TUB): A vast network of more than 60 airports in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, on the Red Sea and the Canary Islands connect with Brussels at the heart of Europe.
(http://www.jetairfly.com).

Thomsonfly (TFY): With more than 40 airplanes the airline flies from 26 British airports to more than 87 destinations worldwide.
(http://www.thomsonfly.com).

Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX): North, South, East and West – the low-cost airline hlx.com (HLX) covers (almost) all of Europe.
(http://www.hlx.com).

(HAP) took delivery of three 737-800s. The airplanes, along with an additional 737-800 delivered the previous week, are part of an order for 10 placed by parent TUI Group (TUG) in late 2004 and will replace A310s.

May 2006: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) will inaugurate nonstop service from Munich to Kos on May 24th. The airline will operate 1 weekly flight, on Wednesdays, using a 737-700.

(HLX) will inaugurate nonstop service from Munich to Rhodos on June 5th. The airline will operate 1 weekly flight, on Mondays, using a 737-700.

June 2006: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) will launch its first African service, a twice-weekly Cologne - Nador (Morocco) flight, beginning June 23. (HLX) will start a twice-weekly Cologne - Innsbruck service by December. (HLX) is looking to start flights from Cologne to Linz in the first half of 2007.

Tourism giant TUI (TUG) said pilots (FC) at its Germany-based airlines Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) approved a new contract that increases pay and sets a salary structure through the end of 2008. (TUG) said the contract centers on a uniform salary scale for all pilots (FC) flying for Hapagfly (HAP) as well as (HLX), the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) arm, and paves the way for fleet expansion, with "at least" three 737-700s to be added to the (HLX) fleet next year.

(TUG) has leased 2 new 737-700s from ILFC (ILF) for 6 years. The airplanes are to be delivered to (HLX) or (HAP) in March 2007 and April 2007.

August 2006: Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) provides low-fare services within Germany and to European destinations.

(IATA) Code: X3. (ICAO) Code: HLX - EXCELLENCE.

Parent organization/shareholders: TUI (100%).

Main Base: Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer Airport (CGN).

Hub: Stuttgart (STR).

Domestic, scheduled destinations: Berlin; Cologne; Hamburg; Hanover; Munich; & Stuttgart.

International, scheduled destinations: Bari; Bilbao; Dublin; Klagenfurt; Manchester; Marseilles; Milan; Naples; Newcastle; Olbia; Palermo; Palma de Mallorca; Pisa; Rijeka; Rome; Salzburg; Stockholm; Valencia; & Venice.

September 2006: The TUI board announced that the company's two German airlines, leisure carrier Hapagfly (HAP) and low-fare scheduled airline Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), will merge "in order to ensure that results targets in the tourism division are met. Even though margins remain under pressure, further efficiency improvements are being realized," (TUG) said. "Deterioration of exogenous market conditions in both areas of business [tourism and shipping]" has resulted in "unsatisfactory results and an unsatisfactory assessment of TUI AG on the capital markets." Further details will be determined by December.

October 2006: Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) integration is reflected in the release of a joint flight schedule for 2007, according to parent TUI Group (TUG). "With the joint flight schedule for summer 2007, we have reached the first major milestone on the path to integrating (HAP) and (HLX)," said (HAP) Executive Board Chairman, Christoph Mueller, who also sits on the Executive Board of (TUG). The schedule will show a capacity increase of +25% over the summer of 2006, with 56 airplanes.

(TUG) said the new organizational structure "envisages a division of work between Flight Operations and Marketing," allowing "the controlled migration of (HAP) as a production unit and (HLX) as a Marketing unit to the new low-cost platform with strong Internet sales." Mueller described (HAP) as "a quality carrier" while (HLX) is "a successful Marketing and Sales concept." Highest growth is expected in the low-cost sector and the aim is to generate 60% of bookings from these activities and 40% through the tour operator business. A decision on a common brand will be made by the end of October at the latest.

November 2006: Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX) and HapagFly (HAP) plan to announce a new name for their joint airline operation this month. The carriers will offer a joint summer schedule that they estimate will increase collective capacity by +25%. The new airline will operate flights to 16 countries with a fleet of 56 airplanes.

December 2006: "TUIfly.com" is the new name of the combined fleet of German carriers Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX). German media quoted a TUI management (TUG) source as saying that the first repainted airplane 737-800 (D-AHFU -see photo) will be presented at a hangar in Hannover. (TUG) is expecting the combined airline to generate €40 million in savings at the cost of up to -200 jobs. It operates 56 airplanes.

Later, German tourism giant (TUG) unveiled a comprehensive "action plan" that includes an order for 41 new airplanes from Boeing (TBC) valued at $3.64 billion, its intention to cut costs next year by -€250 million/-$330 million - - involving the elimination of -3,600 jobs - -and the merger of its airline units under the new "TUIfly.com (HAP)/(HLX)" brand.

(TUG) confirmed speculation that (HAP) and (HLX) will combine under the new name "in order to secure access to the low-cost, Internet and modular tour growth markets," with the remaining five (TUG) airlines (Thomsonfly (TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), Arkefly (HOL), Corsair (COR), and Jetair (TUB)) joining the fold in 2008. The strategy will have an earnings impact of €60 million by that time, the company said. "With "TUIfly.com (HAP)/(HLX)," a European brand, it will be easier to address customers. At the same time, the new brand . . . will be an essential element of (TUG)'s new Internet strategy," it said.

The new airplanes, which were not identified, will begin delivery in 2010, and will be replacing older leased planes until 2013. The company still has 24 737s on order with (TBC), bringing its backlog to 65 airplanes. (TBC) issued a statement confirming (TUG)'s order for 41 airplanes, but did not specify the type(s). It said the airplanes are worth $3.6 billion at list prices. (TUG) will operate 56 airplanes next year, and expand capacity +27%. It displayed a mockup of (HAP)/(HLX)'s new all-yellow livery on its website.

Regarding its cost-cutting program, (TUG) said savings of -€150 million will come from materials and -€100 million from personnel, meaning the loss of -3,600 jobs in the tourism division including -2,600 in the UK and -400 in Germany. It said more than >3,300 new jobs will be created "by certain segments" in 2008. It also intends to reduce corporate costs to €70 to €80 million from €112 million by 2008, and merge its TUI Deutschland operating business into (TUG). It is targeting a 2008 profit of €450 to €550 million.

January 2007: "TUIfly" (HAP)/(HLX) is now scheduled to launch services under its new name. The carrier is the result of the merger announced last month of Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), whose brands will disappear from the market. TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)expects to fly 13.5 million passengers in 2007, up +22% from the number transported by (HLX) and (HAP) together, last year.

February 2007: UK-based MyTravel (GUE) and German tourist conglomerate, Thomas Cook (JMA) are merging in a deal that will create the second-biggest travel company in Europe behind (TUI).

The new company, called Thomas Cook (JMA) Group, will produce combined revenue of about €12 billion/$15.6 billion, selling holidays to some 19 million customers a year. It will be based in London.

MyTravel (GUE) shareholders will own 48% of the combined company with the controlling 52% held by Thomas Cook (JMA)'s German owner KarstadtQuelle, which agreed in December to buy Lufthansa (DLH)'s 50% stake in Thomas Cook (JMA) for €800 million. The merger is expected to be complete by June and is conditional on the approval of MyTravel (GUE) shareholders, competition clearances and completion of the KarstadtQuelle-(DLH) transaction.

In December, MyTravel (GUE) reported its first annual profit in five years after a major restructuring exercise, cutting costs and selling real estate. According to the MyTravel (GUE) website, the companies in the group operate 31 airplanes.

The move eventually is expected to generate "at least" -£75 million/-$146.2 million of cost savings per year, the two groups said. Specific information concerning cost synergies was not supplied, nor was the future status of the airline portfolio comprising Thomas Cook Airlines UK (JMA), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TUB), Condor Airlines (CDF), MyTravel Airways UK (GUE), and MyTravel Airways A/S (PRH) detailed.

The merger ended hopes of the UK's First Choice Holidays (ATZ) for a possible tie-up. It had offered for sale its mainstream package holiday business, which includes European 787 launch customer First Choice Airways (ATZ), and held preliminary talks on possible bids with both MyTravel (GUE) and Thomas Cook (JMA). The (ATZ) board announced the termination of those talks.

MyTravel (GUE) CEO, Peter McHugh said the combined company will not need First Choice (ATZ)'s package business to compete with TUI. "This merger is quite a feat unto itself," he said. "We're the second leading travel company in Europe and aspire to be number one." TUI had revenue of €18.2 billion in 2005.

March 2007: TUI AG, parent of Hapagfly (HAP), Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), Thomsonfly (TFY), TUIfly Nordic (NOQ), Arkefly (HOL), Corsair (COR), and Jetair (JTA), suffered a -€846.6 million/-$1.13 billion loss in 2006, reversed from a +€496.3 million profit the year before, owing to restructuring expenses and required depreciations. The company unveiled a restructuring plan in December, that includes the merger of its airline brands under the TUIfly.com name. Revenue rose +12.7% to €20.51 billion and operating result fell to a -€736.1 million loss from a +€386.9 million profit. Total costs were not provided, but a breakdown showed the company's impairment charges rose to €763.8 million from €18.3 million in 2005. (EBITA) in TUI's Tourism division climbed +7.8% to €393.7 million.

737-7K5 (30714, D-AHXA), (ILF) leased.

April 2007: "TUIfly," the merged carrier of Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), will expand its Cologne/Bonn (CGN) operation with four additional 737NGs over the next three years. It currently operates eight 737s on 400 weekly flights to 39 destinations from (CGN). It expects to transport 2.5 million passengers from the airport this year, a +30% increase over 2006, with capacity (ASK)s rising +26% to make (CGN) its largest base in terms of capacity. This year, it will launch new services to Linz, Graz, Corfu, Kos, Lanzarote, Lamezia Terme, Calvi and Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, it will become the first airline to operate from the former military air base at Memmeingerberg on June 28. It is considering Berlin, Hamburg, Naples, Venice, Crete and Antalya as likely destinations.

737-7K5 (30717, D-AHXB), (ILF) leased.

May 2007: The Tourism division of German company TUI is to merge with First Choice (ATZ) of the UK to create one of the world's largest travel groups. Following the latest amalgamation, the new grouping will be known as "TUI Travel" and will be based in the UK. TUI, which also owns the UK's Thomson Holidays, will have a majority 51% share, with existing First Choice (ATZ) shareholders controlling the remaining 49%. Certain hotel assets will stay with First Choice (ATZ), whose CEO, Peter Long, will become CEO designate of the new company.

(We are creating one of the most profitable and efficient tourism groups in the world," said TUI CEO, Dr Michael Frenzel, who will become Chairman of TUI Travel. "At just the right time, two strong partners are joining forces: We are aiming at growth and simultaneously, we will make good use of the opportunities presented by the ongoing consolidation in the European travel market."

The new company will have a combined revenue of around 12.1 billion pounds, catering for 28 million passengers per year.

The European Commission (EC) extended its investigation into Ryanair (RYR)'s proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus (ARL) Group by another 15 working days to July 4 from June 13, itself an extension from the original deadline of May 11. The extension followed Ryanair (RYR)'s submission of new commitments to address competition concerns raised by the European regulator. An (EC) spokesperson confirmed that the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) (RYR) offered extra remedies. Ryanair (RYR) launched a €1.48 billion/$2.01 billion hostile takeover bid for Aer Lingus (ARL) soon after the flag carrier completed its Initial Public Offering (IPO) last September. The (LCC) (RYR) withdrew its bid in December, after the (EC) launched its in-depth inquiry citing "serious competition concerns" over the proposed merger of Ireland's two principal airlines. Ryanair (RYR) said in February it hoped to renew its bid, when the probe was completed. It holds 25.2% of (ARL), just under the Irish Finance Ministry's 25.35%.

Conversely, the (EC) opted to clear the proposed merger of Thomas Cook (JMA) and MyTravel (GUE)/(PRH) Group, which will combine to form Thomas Cook (JMA)/(GUE)/(PRH) Group. The tie-up remains subject to several conditions, including approval from MyTravel (GUE)/(PRH) shareholders, court consent and the listing of (JMA)/(GUE)/(PRH)shares. Assuming they are satisfied, finalization is expected on June 19, the companies said in a statement.

Regarding the agreed-upon acquisition of First Choice (ATZ) Holidays by TUI (HAP)/(HLX), the (EC) expressed concern over the combined company's potential dominance in Ireland. Following last week's meeting with the Competition Case Team, First Choice (ATZ) agreed to consider specific undertakings to address that concern, including the potential sale of one of its Irish businesses. "First Choice (ATZ) and TUI AG (HAP)/(HLX) remain confident that the proposed merger will be cleared by the European Commission (EC)," the companies said, adding that they now expect the (EC) to announce its decision on whether to clear the proposed merger at Phase I, or extend it to a Phase II investigation on or before June 4. Both the combined TUI Travel (ATZ)/(HAP)/(HLX) and the Thomas Cook (JMA)/(GUE)/(PRH) Group will be headquartered in London.

TUI Group (TUG), the German tourism company that owns six airlines, placed firm orders for 11 787-8 Dreamliners and 50 737NGs collectively valued at $4.7 billion. The airplanes will be operated by Netherlands' Arkefly (HOL), Belgium's Jetairfly (TUB), UK's Thomsonfly (TFY), Germany's TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and Scandinavia's TUIfly Nordic (TNS). The airlines will use the 787s within Europe and on flights to Asia and North America, while the 737s will be used on short/medium-haul routes. The airplanes will be shifted among the airlines depending on need. No engine order for the 787s was announced. All 737s will be fitted with blended winglets.

Boeing (TBC) said it is working to create a training program that will allow TUI (TUG) pilots (FC) to transition from 737s to 787s "so that cross-training costs are minimized and fleet efficiency is maximized."

TUIfly will increase capacity for the upcoming winter schedule by 12% year-over-year, operating 240 weekly flights from 17 German airports to 48 destinations in 15 countries. Grenoble will be a new destination. TUIfly is expecting to transport 13.5 million passengers this year.

737-7K5 (34693, D-AHXC), delivery (to TUI (TUG)).

June 2007: Starts Memmingen - Hamburg, - Heraklion, - Naples, - Palma, - Venice, using 737-300s. Starting July 1st, Memmingen - Antalya, using 737-300s. Starting July 12th, Hannover - Rimini, using 737-500s and stops September 26th. Starting July 23rd, Stuttgart - Sylt, using 737-700s.

July 2007: Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Ltd (JorAMCo) completed "C" checks on two TUIfly (TUG)/(HAP)/(HLX) 737-800s.

August 2007: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will close its Bremen base in April. The decision affects 100 employees, who may be transferred to other departments inside the company, it said. The airline operates nine routes from Bremen.

December 2007: 2 737-7K5s (35135, D-AHXE; 35136, D-AHXF), deliveries.

January 2008: German travel conglomerate TUI (TUG) announced that it signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Lufthansa (DLH) to combine their Low Cost Carrier (LCC) subsidiaries under one "joint and independent holding company." TUI (TUG) owns TUIfly, the combination of Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), while Lufthansa (DLH) partners with Germanwings (RFG) and Eurowings (EWG), along with Albrecht Knauf Industriebeteiligung. The latter also signed the (MOU), TUI (TUG) said. "Agence France Presse" said a mid-2009 timeframe for finalization is TUI (TUG)'s target. No other details were released, and TUI (TUG) said a binding agreement will depend on "a due diligence process and negotiations of the specific details," as well as the approval of antitrust authorities. The combination is likely designed to counter the growing domestic influence of airberlin (BER), which has expanded with the acquisitions of (LTU) and dba (DBA).

February 2008: Lufthansa (DLH) is filing a lawsuit over restrictions to night operations linked to the future expansion of Frankfurt International. The move follows similar lawsuits by Condor Airlines (CDF) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX). As a condition for the expansion approval, the Hesse State Economy Ministry said it would restrict frequencies between 11 pm and 5 am to an average of 17, down from 41. (DLH) is asking for the limit to be raised back to the original threshold, "Reuters" reported.

Germanwings (RFG) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) are not expected to conclude negotiations to merge their Low Cost Carrier (LCC) operations by the time the boards of Germanwings (RFG) parent, Lufthansa (DLH) and travel conglomerate TUI (TUG) meet in mid-March, delaying the prospective combination. German magazine "Focus" reported that the talks will not conclude before summer, and that antitrust approval could take an additional four months. TUI (TUG) had hoped to launch Germanwings (RFG)/TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) operations in time for the 2009 summer schedule.

Meanwhile, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) said that it will trim its winter 2008 to 2009 schedule by axing seven destinations, reducing its network to 50 gateways and 730 weekly flights.

March 2008: Dusseldorf International (DUS) will invest €300 million in infrastructure upgrades in order to offer shorter connecting times and compete more effectively with other European hubs. (DUS) is looking to increase the percentage of passengers flying long-haul to 20% from 10%. It is the third-busiest airport in Germany with 17.8 million passengers last year.

(ICAO) Code: HLX - YELLOW CAB.

For discussion of possible merger between Germanwings (RFG), Eurofly (EUY), and TUIFly (HAP)/(HLX) - SEE ATTACHED "(HLX) PLANS-MAR08.".

April 2008: 2 737-7K5s (35140, D-AHXG; 35282, D-AHXH, (ILF) leased), deliveries.

May 2008: 2 737-7K5s (35141, D-AHXI; 35277, D-AHXJ), (ILF) leased), deliveries.

June 2008: TUI Travel (TUG) signed an agreement with AerCap Holdings (DEA) and Deucalion Aviation Funds for the sale and leaseback of 19 owned airplanes within the TUI Travel (TUG) fleet for $526 million. The airplanes will be acquired through a 50/50 joint venture between AerCap (DEA) and Deucalion and will be managed by AerCap (DEA), which will receive servicing fees. TUI Travel (TUG) will continue to operate the 11 737-800s, six 757-200s and two 767-300ERs on 1 to 7-year operating leases with TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), Thomsonfly (TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS) and Jet4You (J4U). TUI (TUG) will use the proceeds to reduce debt and said the deal had no impact on its discussions with Lufthansa (DLH) regarding a potential merger of Germanwings (RFG) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), "on which we intend to update the market in due course."

August 2008: German travel, tourism and shipping conglomerate, TUI AG (TUG) slipped to a -€125.3 million loss in the second quarter, reversed from a +€70.5 million profit in the year-ago period, owing to special items "arising in particular from the strategic realignment of flight operations." Those charges more than offset what TUI (TUG) called a "gratifying performance" by its tourism division and an increase in its container shipping business. It said it suffered a book loss of €102 million on a June sale/leaseback transaction covering 19 airplanes owned by TUI Travel, due to the unfavorable euro/USA dollar exchange rate. It took a €56 million charge "resulting from the measurement of individual airplanes still owned by TUI Travel, and the reversal of existing exchange rate hedging instruments" and another €73 million impairment was attached to the merger of Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HAP) and Hapag-Llloyd Express (HLX) into TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX).

Group revenue rose +27.3% to €4.74 billion, and costs climbed +26.4% to €4.45 billion. TUI (TUG)'s gross profit of +€292.7 million was up +41.4% from the +€207 million reported in the second quarter of 2007. TUI Travel's second-quarter turnover jumped +28.7% to €4.58 billion but (EBITA) sank to a -€159 million loss from a -€3 million deficit in the year-ago period.

Thomas Cook (JMA), Lufthansa (DLH) and TUI (TUG) subsidiary, TUI Travel are in "early discussions" regarding a merger of their subsidiary carriers Condor Airlines (CDF), Germanwings (RFG), and TUIFly Deutschland (HAP)/(HLX), Thomas Cook (JMA) announced. "No commercial terms have been agreed. There is no certainty that any transaction will result and a further announcement will be made if and when appropriate," the company said. (DLH) owns 24.9 % of Condor (CDF), with the remainder held by Thomas Cook (JMA). Last month, AirBerlin (BER) pulled out of a deal to acquire Condor (CDF) in a share swap. (DLH) and TUI (TUG) signed a merger Memo of Understanding (MOU) in January.

TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will take delivery of a new 737-800 in October and configure it with 52 business class (C) seats. The airplane will be used on high-priced leisure operations like around-the-world charters.

October 2008: AirBerlin (BER) confirmed that it is discussing a possible merger with TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), whose effort to combine with Condor (CDF) and Germanwings (RFG) was scuttled, when Condor (CDF) parent, Thomas Cook (JMA) withdrew last month. "There are talks, but no results," a (BER) spokesperson told "Bloomberg News."

January 2009: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) Managing Director, Roland Keppler resigned effective January 31. No details were offered regarding a replacement. Keppler had held the position since 2005.

February 2009: The Thomas Cook Group announced that it plans to acquire Lufthansa (DLH)'s 24.9% stake in its Condor Airlines (CDF) subsidiary for €77.2 million/$99.9 million under options granted in 2007. (CDF) transported just under 7 million passengers last year but suffered a -10% year-over-year decline in January, a source close to the airline said. Thomas Cook (JMA) pulled out of negotiations to combine Condor (CDF), TUI Travel (TUG)'s TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and (DLH)'s Germanwings (RFG).

March 2009: Air Berlin (BER) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) confirmed that they are in discussions regarding a long-awaited alliance. (BER) said that negotiations regarding a cross-shareholding with the TUI Travel (TUG) subsidiary are well under way, while a (TUG) spokesperson in Hanover said that talks are in an advanced stage. Other sources close to the negotiations said that (TUG) will take 20% of (BER) through a capital increase, with (BER) acquiring the same percentage of (HAP)/(HLX).

If the deal goes through, (HAP)/(HLX) will transfer its loss-making scheduled shuttle services to (BER) along with 19 of its 38 operating airplanes, which will fly under the (BER) brand but with (HAP)/(HLX) crews. (HAP)/(HLX)'s fleet is too large for its needs and the reduction would allow it to concentrate on its profitable European charter operation.

Later, (BER) reported a -€75 million/-$99.6 million loss for 2008, reversed from a +€21 million surplus the prior year, but buttressed its long-term future with the sale of a 15.3% stake to Turkey's (ESAS) Holding and a share swap with TUI Travel (TUG)'s TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX).

(ESAS), which operates Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen-based, Pegasus Airlines (PGS), acquired the stake held formerly by Len Blavatnik. The shares were sold in January but the buyer was not revealed until Sunday. The deal is subject to approval by German competition authorities. The price was not disclosed.

The long-rumored tie-up with TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) was finalized this month. Each airline will take a 19.9% stake in the other on October 1, at which point (BER) will operate TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)'s scheduled services, while TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will continue to operate its charter flights. (BER) will wet-lease 17 TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) airplanes. TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will operate 21 planes on TUI Deutschland tourism flights. TUI Travel (TUG) Managing Director Central Europe, Volker Bottcher said the deal will result in "very few" job losses, while (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold said the arrangement will "strengthen both companies" and give (BER) access to the "highly interesting markets" of Cologne, Stuttgart and Italy. (BER) said it expects €20 million in synergies.

(BER) is operating its city-to-city routes under the "City-Shuttle" brand in cooperation with Austrian partner Niki (NKI). (BER) currently operates 117 airplanes.

April 2009: TUIfly (HAP)(HLX) was hit by a wildcat strike at Hamburg, Hanover and Dusseldorf. Forty flights and 6,000 passengers suffered delays of up to 5 hours as some 190 employees stopped working, although no flights were cancelled. The ver.di union called the strike and is seeking a +5% pay increase for its members. (HAP)/(HLX) staff has been concerned over job security since the announcement of the carrier's alliance with Air Berlin (BER), which will begin operating 17 (HAP)/(HLX) 737s on scheduled routes.

May 2009: TUI Travel (TUG) is expecting annual savings of -€40 million/-$54 million thanks to the new alliance between its TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) operator and Air Berlin (BER), TUI (TUG) Chairman, Michael Frenzel said in Hanover. (BER) will take over 17 airplanes from TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) in order to operate scheduled shuttle services, while (HAP)/(HLX) will operate 21 airplanes on charter routes. Each company took a 19.9% share in the other and the cooperation is set to start on October 1, pending approval from competition authorities.

August 2009: 737-83N (30675, N304TZ), Miami Air (MIB) wet-leased to TUIFly (HAP)/(HLX).

September 2009: Air Berlin (BER) and TUI Travel will not implement the cross-shareholding agreement between (BER) and TUI's German aviation business (TUG) that was announced in March, although they will forge ahead on their commercial accord as planned.

TUI (TUG)'s German airlines, Hapag-Lloyd Fluggesellschaft (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), fly under the TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) brand. "TUI Travel will now either acquire a 9.9% stake in Air Berlin (BER) for a cash consideration of €33.5 million/$48 million, which it will sell over a period of time, or alternatively will pay (BER) €15 million [in compensation]. (BER) will no longer acquire a stake in TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX). TUI Travel will also no longer receive the right to nominate a nonexecutive director to the Board of (BER)," TUI (TUG) said, noting the amendment to the deal followed "discussions with the German Federal Cartel Office."

Whether TUI (TUG) will take the 9.9% stake in (BER) or pay compensation depends on the outcome of further talks with the competition authority, (BER) said. Under the initial agreement, TUI Travel was to acquire a 19.9% equity stake in (BER) for €64.8 million via a capital increase, while (BER) would buy 19.9% of TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) for €36.3 million in cash. The transaction was subject to antitrust clearances and had an effective date of October 1.

The Federal Cartel Office objected to the original cross-shareholding, and more specifically feared that TUI Travel would gain too much knowledge of (BER)'s strategic plans if it was allowed to appoint a director to the (BER) board, "Dow Jones" reported.

The German regulator, however, did approve the takeover of TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)'s scheduled Flight Operations by (BER), which will operate 13 TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) airplanes in the coming winter season and 14 in summer 2010. (BER) CEO, Joachim Hunold said the expansion would be "extremely important for business (C) customers in particular."

Central Europe TUI Travel Managing Director, Volker Bottcher said the company would now concentrate on its tourist portfolio and that TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) would command "a better competitive position within the European air travel market."

TUI Travel will sub-charter one additional airplane to a third party this winter and will remove another airplane from the fleet next May. Accordingly, its German charter business will operate 23 airplanes from summer 2010.

September 2009: Air Berlin (BER) announced that it will add 10 new destinations and 54 new nonstop services, especially from Cologne, Stuttgart and Memmingen/Munich West, starting November 1, following its takeover of TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)'s scheduled flight operations. (BER) will add 13 (HAP)/(HLX) 737s to its schedule in the coming winter season and 14 in the summer 2010 schedule.

December 2009: A (CFM56-7B) engine powering a 737-700 - - SEE PHOTO - - "HLX-2009-12 CFM56-7B" operated by TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has logged more than >40,000 hours on the wing without a single removal, setting a new record for the engine model, (CFM) announced. It was installed in February 1999 and has logged 40,654 flight hours and more than >14,000 flight cycles to date.

December 2010: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) took delivery of its first 737-800 with the new Boeing "Sky Interior."

2 737-8K5s (37245, D-ATUA; 37247, D-ATUB), deliveries.

April 2012: April 2012: Air Berlin (BER) as well as Condor (CDF), germanwings (RFG), Pegasus Airlines (PGS), Sun Express (SNS), Sun Express Deutschland (SXD) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) will all have to adjust their schedules at Cologne/Bonn Konrad Adenauer airport (CGN) after a decision by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia to impose a night flight ban on passenger flights between midnight and 5 am. Cargo flights will not be affected by the ban and an effective date has not yet been set. All of the carriers mentioned have made extensive use of the 24 hour operations at the airport, especially for leisure flights targeting less time sensitive travellers.

The TUI Travel Group (TUG) has purchased Boeing (TBC)’s five-year Maintenance Performance Toolbox for its Boeing fleet, comprising 737-800s, 737 Classics, 757-200s, 767-300ERs and 747-400s.

The Maintenance Performance Toolbox will allow TUI Travel (TUG)’s airline subsidiaries: Arkefly (HOL), Corsair (COR), Jetairfly (TUB), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), and TUIfly Nordic (TNS) in Europe, and its joint venture Sunwing Airlines (SWG) in Canada, to improve their dispatch reliability through the use of e-enabled technologies that run on the system.

“We anticipate improving our maintenance operation efficiencies through better tracking of line maintenance records and up-to-the-moment technical information,” Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) Technical Director, Jason Mahoney said.

January 2013: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) commenced low-frequency seasonal operations on the 1,300 km route from Hannover (HAJ) in northern Germany to the Finnish capital of Helsinki (HEL) on 20 December. 737-800-operated flights depart Sundays until 7 March.

March 2013: Memmingen Airport celebrated the 5th anniversary of the first regular service at the airport located in the Bavarian Alps in the south of Germany, when an airplane took off for Berlin. The airport is now planning to widen its runway from 30 to 45 m as well as extending the terminal.

June 2013: TUI Travel (TUG) has signed a commitment for 40 Boeing 737 MAX-8s and 20 Boeing 737 MAX-9s, plus options on a further 90 737 airplanes.

August 2013: Airberlin (ber) has suspended bookings for flights to Egypt’s Hurghada, Marsa Alam, and Sharm el Sheikh until September 15, owing to unrest and violence sweeping the country. However, flights to/from Egypt are operating as planned. German’s Foreign Ministry is advising against travel to Egypt due to the “current events and the unpredictability of how the situation may develop.”

German leisure carrier Condor (CDF) and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) have also canceled all flights to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh until September 15, but the carriers are bringing back tourists.

The Lufthansa Group subsidiaries, Austrian Airlines (AUL) and Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) said they are continuing operations to Cairo, but passengers can rebook flights free of charge.

October 2013: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) began twice-weekly flights from Nuremburg (NUE) in southern Germany to Fuerteventura (FUE) in the Canary Islands with 737-800s on October 28th. Flown in competition with airberlin (BER), which also operates twice-weekly, the 3,154 km sector is operated on Mondays and Saturdays.

November 2013: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) added two long-haul winter sun destination from the northern German city of Hamburg (HAM). On November 1st, (HAP)/(HLX) launched flights to Punta Cana (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic, while on the following day, services to Cancun (CUN) in Mexico commenced. Both new routes are offered with twice-weekly frequencies and operated by ArkeFly (HOL) using 767-300s.

August 2014: TUIfly (Germany) ((IATA) Code: X3, based at Hanover) (HAP)/ (HLX) has reached an agreement with Zweibrücken's provisional liquidator, Jan Markus Plathner, concerning the airport's future. Germany's "Airliners.de" newswire says (HAP)/(HLX) agreed to meet the airport's liquidity shortfall, thereby ensuring its short term operational needs until November. "We know that the history and the importance of the airport. We will strive to promote the platform to potential investors," Plathner said.

TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) currently serves Ankara Esenboga, Antalya, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan, Rhodes, and Tenerife Sur from Zweibrücken.

Despite a European Commission (EC) decision, ordering the repayment of EUR56 million/USD75.6 million in subsidies extended the airport by local authorities, the federal Rhineland-Palatinate government has reportedly expressed a desire to inject more funds into the facility, situated just 30 km away from Saarbrücken.

January 2015: 737-8K5 (41660, D-ATUN), TUI Travel (TUG) leased.

May 2015: News Item A-1: The (TUI) Group (TUG) has placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus one option, and has switched two of its smaller 787-8s already on order for the larger variant.

Boeing (TBC) said the order was valued at $257 million at current list prices. Following the changes, the (TUI) Group (TUG) will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and will add the three 787-9s within the next three years.

“Adding the 787-9 to our order book enables the (TUI) Group’s airlines to continue to develop its long-haul network, giving access to new and exciting leisure destinations,” (TUI) Group Managing Director Aviation, Henrik Homann said.

The 787-9 can hold an additional 40 passengers, compared with the 787-8, and has an additional 830 km/450 nm range.

The (TUI) Group (tug) is parent to six airlines: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), Jetairfly (TUB), Corsair (COR), and Arke (HOL), which operate 144 mid- and long-haul airplanes across a network of more than >180 destinations.

The (TUI) Group (TUG) also has 60 737 MAXs on order.

News Item A-2: The (TUI) Group (TUG) plans to rebrand its five airlines under a single “TUI” brand as part of its roadmap for growth initiative to be achieved by 2018.

Beginning in the fall 2015, the (TUI) Group (TUG) said it will use the single branding for its airlines. (TUG) currently operates around 140 medium- and long-haul airplanes in various markets under different brand names— TUIfly (Germany) (HAP)/(HLX), Thomson Airways (UK) (ATZ)/(TFY), Arke (Netherlands) (HOL), Jetairfly (Brussels) (TUB), and TUIfly Nordic (Sweden) (TNS).

Each carrier will maintain its separate air operator’s certificate (AOC) and will remain responsible for its own crew and flight planning, but will operate under “one central organization.” Also, maintenance should be concentrated under one organization.

According to a company statement, crew and fleet would be more efficient when switched between different bases and nations, depending on demand. This should increase effectiveness of the airlines. (TUG) hopes to deliver operational efficiency improvements worth €50 million/$57 million per annum by 2018.

“A strong one-brand policy will make it considerably easier to use the airplanes of the European fleet and the crews across the individual countries, as demand requires it,” (TUG) said. “The resulting increase in the effectiveness of (TUG) airlines is to enable (TUG) to deliver operational efficiency improvements worth 50 million euros per annum by 2018.”

The (TUI) Group (TUG) said the strategy will generate more synergies by joining business units and would raise shareholder value.

Just recently, the (TUI) Group (TUG) placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus one option, and has switched two of its smaller 787-8s already on order for the larger variant.

1 737-800 (41664, D-ATUR), 737-8BK (33023, D-ASUN), ex-(TC-SNM), ex-SunExpress Germany (SXD), 737-8K5 (34691, D-ATUZ), and 737-800 (41664, D-ATUR) deliveries.

August 2015: News Item A-1: Tour operator, the (TUI) Group (TUG) has disposed of its remaining shares in Air Berlin (BER) a spokesman has confirmed. The firm has been gradually watering down its stake in the airline from a peak of 9.9% to less than <3% late last year.

In 2009, TUI Travel (TUG) and Air Berlin (BER) signed a strategic partnership agreement in which each party was to have acquired 19.9% of each other's shareholdings.

While the equity swap did not happen, Air Berlin (BER) did take over all of TUIfly (Germany) (HAP)/(HLX)'s domestic German routes as well as those to Italy, Croatia, and Austria. In addition, (BER) agreed to wet-lease 5 737-700s and 9 737-800s from TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) through to 2019.

December 2015: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) launched services from Hannover (HAJ) to Salzburg (SZG). Launched on December 19, the 570 km route will be flown 2x-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) by (HAP)/(HLX)’s 189Y-seat 737-800s. Currently no other carrier competes on this particular ski service.

October 2016: News Item A-1: "Etihad, (TUI) Group Plan New Leisure Airline" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at, October 5, 2016.

Etihad Aviation Group and German holiday giant (TUI) (HAP)/(HLX) are in discussions to create a European leisure airline group, which is expected to operate 58 airplanes on point-to-point services to key tourist markets.

The partners detailed plans to combine the leisure operations of the airberlin (BER) group and German carrier TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) into a new airline group, serving destinations from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

The new holding company could be based in Austria, with Etihad (EHD) and (TUI) Group each taking a 24.9% stake. The remaining 50.2% is expected to be held by an Austrian foundation, to ensure Austrian majority ownership and maintain international traffic rights.

The still-to-be-named airline is planning a fleet of 14 Boeing 737s (currently operated by TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) for airberlin (BER) under a wet-lease agreement), 27 TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) 737NGs, as well as 17 Airbus A320 family aircraft from Austrian airberlin (BER) subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI).

(TUI) (HAP)/(HLX), Etihad (EHD) and airberlin (BER) said they intend to finalize an in-principle agreement in due course, subject to regulatory approvals, but it is understood the partnership could be completed within the next two weeks. An announcement is expected October 26. It is also understood TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) pilots (FC) will be offered jobs with Etihad Airways (EHD).

“TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) hasn’t grown in recent years. Also, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has no long-haul airplanes in its fleet, but the focus of the (TUI) (TUG) tourism business is [long-haul] destinations in Asia, for example.” As (EHD) is a long-haul carrier, the cooperation could see (EHD) flying (TUG) holidaymakers to long-haul destinations.

In a letter to employees, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) supervisory board Chairman Henrik Homann said (TUI) Deutschland (HAP)/(HLX)’s profits and results have been impacted for many years by substantial overcapacity in the airline industry and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)’s above-market cost structure.

“We own too much flight capacity and we’re producing it at a cost which is significantly higher than market prices. As a result, flight services in Germany for our tourism products are often available from our competitors at considerably lower prices than those offered by TUIfly to (TUI) Deutschland, with adverse impacts on our profitability and results in that source market,” Homann said.

Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member airberlin (BER) is Germany’s 2nd-largest airline and is 29.2% owned by Etihad Airways (EHD). (TUI) (TUG)/HAP)/(HLX) used to hold a stake in airberlin (BER), but this was disposed of in 2015.

In 2015, airberlin (BER) carried >30.2 million passengers, but reported a -€446.6 million/-$485.5 million loss, deepened from a -€376.7 million loss the year before. In the first half of 2016, arberlin (BER) posted a -€271.5 million loss. On September 28, airberlin (BER) detailed a drastic restructuring plan, which includes the outsourcing of 40 Airbus A320s to German rival Lufthansa (DLH) Group and -1,200 job losses.

TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) is part of (TUI) Group (TUG), which has a portfolio of six European airlines and around 140 airplanes, a distribution network of more than >1,800 travel agencies and online portals, around 300 hotels and 14 cruise liners.

It is understood the other TUI Group (TUG) airlines are not part of the deal. These comprise UK-based Thomson Airways (ATW)/(GUE) (63 airplanes), Sweden’s TUIfly Nordic (TNS) (8 airplanes), (TUI) Airlines Belgium (21 airplanes), TUI Airlines Netherlands (HOL) (10 airplanes) and France’s Corsair International (COR) (7 airplanes).

News Item A-2: "TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) to Shut Down Flight Operations October 7 after ‘Massive’ Flight Crew (FC) Shortage," by Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at, October 6 2016.

German leisure carrier TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has decided to completely shut down flight operations Friday, October 7 after many airplane flight crew (FC) called in sick on short notice October 6, a spokesman confirmed. The action follows concerns about a partial merger between the 2 companies.

On October 7, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) had to cancel 47 out of 110 planned flights and airberlin (BER) canceled 90 flights.

On October 7, (HAP)/(HLX) has canceled 108 flights, comprising 54 flights leaving from Germany and 54 from tourism destinations throughout Europe.

(HAP)/(HLX) again will charter airplanes from other carriers to bring tourists back. The company said it is working to reduce the impact on passengers after many flight crew (FC) members again called in sick on short notice.

(HAP)/(HLX) also said it expects further flight cancellations. (HAP)/(HLX) said because of the wide scope of flight crew (FC) short-notice absences, it is impossible to inform passengers earlier and offer alternative travel arrangements.

News Item A-3: 737-804 (32904, D-ADZV), became (SE-DZV).

November 2016: News Item A-1: Ryanair (RYR) and German leisure airline TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) have been ordered to repay a total of €12.7 million/$13.9 million in state aid after the European Commission (EC) ruled their deals with Austria’s Klagenfurt Airport were anti-competitive.

Klagenfurt is a small regional airport that is owned by local authorities. In its ruling, the (EC) found the airport’s state funding was in line with European Union (EU) state aid rules, but some of the airport’s airline deals were not. “Airport services and marketing agreements concluded with Ryanair (RYR), TUIfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) could not, when they were concluded, have been expected to generate more revenues than additional costs. As no profit-driven airport manager would have concluded such loss-making agreements, they amount to state aid to the airlines,” the (EC) said.

The (EC) has ordered the airlines to repay the aid, which totals around €2 million for (RYR), €9.6 million for (HLX) and €1.1 million for TUIfly (HAP). (HLX) merged with Hapagfly (HAP) in 2007 to create TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX).

Other deals with Austrian Airlines (AUL) and airberlin (BER) were also probed, but the (EC) said these would have been acceptable to a profit-driven airport manager and therefore involved no state aid.

737-8K5 (37245, D-ATUA), became (C-FTUA), (38820, D-ATUL), became (C-GUUL), (39094, D-ATUK) became (N748MA). 767-304ER (28208, D-ATYF) registered.

January 2017: 737-8K5 (34689, D-ATUH), re-painted into "Mein CEWE Fotobuch" logojet colors.

June 2017: "Etihad, (TUI) Group Calls Off Plans for New Leisure Airline" by Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at, June 8, 2017.

The Etihad (EHD) Aviation Group and German holiday company the (TUI) Group have ended plans to establish a new European leisure airline group. “I can confirm that negotiations on this project, which have been on hold since the end of 2016, have ended.”

In October 2016, the partners detailed plans to combine the leisure operations of the airberlin (BER) group and German carrier (TUI)fly (HAP)/(HLX) into a new airline group, serving destinations from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. (BER) was expected to operate 58 aircraft on point-to-point services to key tourist markets.

The Etihad Aviation Group also confirmed it terminated negotiations with the (TUI) Group, saying it has taken this decision following many months of negotiations in good faith. However, Etihad (EHD) said the parties had been unable to reach agreement on the final nature of such a joint venture (JV).

A source close to Austria-based FlyNiki (NKI) said the news from Abu Dhabi came as shock. Both brands: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and FlyNiki (NKI) already operate in parallel with around 60 aircraft in the current summer period. “It is a clever strategy to create a strong European leisure-airline because there is too much capacity in Germany. But FlyNiki (NKI) is not available anymore,” (TUI) (TUG) board member Sebastian Ebel said June 7. “We will continue to push ahead with the repositioning of TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) in order to develop a long-term perspective for the airline and its employees.”

According to Etihad (EHD), the leisure operations of the airberlin (BER) group will now continue to operate as a separate business unit under the FlyNiki (NKI) brand. Further details of this structure will be announced by airberlin (BER). (NKI)’s operating schedule remains unchanged with all bookings being honored; however, customers should contact (NKI) directly for any further information.

On December 5, 2016, Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member airberlin (BER) announced the sale of 49.8% of its Austrian subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI) to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad (EHD) for €300 million/$320 million), an investment that is important for financially troubled airberlin (BER).

At this point in time, it remains unclear what will happen with the €300 million (EHD) has already given to airberlin (BER).

The original plan had called for (TUI) AG (TUG) to hold 24.8% of shares in the (JV), with (EHD) holding a 25% stake. The remaining 50.2% shares will continue to be held by FlyNiki (NKI).

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HLX-737-T-MOBILE

June 2017:

5 737-5K5 (CFM56-3C1) (1966-24926, /90 D-AHLD; 24927; 1848-24776, /90 D-AHLG; 2044-25062, /91 D-AHLN), (GER) LSD. 24926 HAS PINK UPPER FUSELAGE WITH "T-MOBILE" TITLES 2006-02. 128Y.

44 ORDERS 737-700/-800 (CFM56-7B):

4 737-7K5 (CFM56-7B22) (2202-30714, D-AHMA, 2007-03; 2228-30717, D-AHXB, 2007-04; 2609-35277, D-AHXJ, 2008-05; 2585-35282, D-AHXH, 2008-04), (ILF) 6 YR LSD. 30717; WET-LST (BER) 2010-02. 148Y.

5 737-7K5 (CFM56-7B22) (2260-34693, D-AHXC, 2451-35135, D-AHXE, 2007-12; 2465-35136, D-AHXF, 2007-12 - SEE PHOTO; 2575-35140, D-AHXG, 2008-04; 2603-35141, D-AHXI, 2008-05), 34693; 35140; WET-LST (BER) 2010-03. 148Y.

8 737-75B (CFM56-7B22) (5-28110, /98 D-AGEL; 16-28100, /98 D-AGEN; 18-28103, /98 D-AGEP; 23-28103, /98 D-AGEQ; 27-28107, /98 D-AGER; 28-28108, /98 D-AGES; 31-28109, /98 D-AGET; 39-28104, /98 D-AGEU), (GER) WET-LSD 2002-12. 148Y.

3 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (D-AHFU WITH NEW "TUIFLY.COM" LIVERY - SEE PHOTO; D-AHFX "CAGLIARI" LOGOJET - SEE PHOTO), 189Y.

1 737-800 (CFM56-7B27) (41664, D-ATUR), 2015-05. WITH WINGLETS. 184Y.

1 737-8BK (33023, D-ASUN), EX-(TC-SNM), EX-(SXD) 2015-05.

1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B) (34689, D-ATUH, "MEIN CEWE FOTOBUCH"), 2017-01.

2 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B) (34691, D-ATUZ, 2015-05; 3486-37245, D-ATUA; 3497-37247, D-ATUB; 41660, D-ATUN), 2010-12. (D-ATUA) BECAME (C-FTUA) 2016-12.

1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B) (38820, D-ATUL), BECAME (C-GUUL) 2016-12.

1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B) (39094, D-ATUK), BECAME (N748MA) 2016-12.

1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B) (41660, D-ATUN), TUI TRAVEL (TUG) LSD 2015-01.

1 737-804 (CFM56-7B) (32904, D-ADZV), BECAME (SE-DZV) 2016-10.

1 737-83N (CFM56-7B) (898-30675, N304TZ), (ILF) LSD 2008-05. (MIB) WET-LST TUI NEDERLAND 2009-04. (MIB) WET-LST (HAP)/(HLX) 2009-08.

1 767-304E (28208, D-ATYF), 2016-12.

13/13 ORDERS (2013-?) 787-8 DREAMLINER (GEnx), 217 PAX:

2 F 100 (11333, 2005-03; 11337, 2005-02), EX-(GER), (PEB) LSD. 100Y.

Management:
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TUI AIRLINE MANAGEMENT (TUG):

DR RALF CORSTEN, CHAIRMAN (HAM) (TUI GROUP) (TUG) (1999-10).

HENRIK HOMANN, SUPERVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN.

DR MICHAEL FRENZEL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) TUI GROUP (TUG).

KEVIN HATTEN, CEO (TUG) (kevin.hatten@tui-airlines.com)
(nicole.pruesse@tui-airlines.com) (2002-12).

DR RAINER KAESELAU, DIRECTOR FLEET MANAGEMENT (TUG)
(rainer.kaeselau@tui-airlines.com) (2002-12).

CHRISTIAN COMMISSAIRE, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS
(christian.commissaire@tui-airlines.com)
(corinna.hermstorf@tui-airlines.com) (2002-09).

CAPTAIN THOMAS SCHEEL, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (Thomas.Scheel@hlx.com).

BERNARD NEWTON, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL
(bernard.newton@tui-airlines.com) (2002-09).

STEVE WOODS, DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

CHARLES GURASSSA, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN TUI NORTHERN EUROPE & PREUSSAG AIRLINES (2001-10).

PETER ROTHWELL, CEO TUI NORTHERN EUROPE (2001-10).

CHRIS MOTTERSHEAD, MANAGING DIRECTOR, TUI UK (2001-12).

ROLAND KEPPLER, CEO & MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAPAG LLOYD EXPRESS (HLX) (Roland.Keppler@hlx.com).

URSULA SILLING, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

 
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