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Airlines

Name: TUI NETHERLANDS
7JetSet7 Code: HOL
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: AMSTERDAM
Country: THE NETHERLANDS
Employees 400
Web: tuifly.nl
Email: info@tuifly.nl
Telephone: +31 20 892 1400
Fax: +31 20 655 7345
Sita: SPLHQGG
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HOL-2004-02-NEWS
HOL-2004-10-HollandExel
HOL-2004-10-HollandExel-A
HOL-2005-04 - ARKEFLY
HOL-2005-06 - 767-383ER ARKEFLY
HOL-2005-11-A
HOL-2013-10 - ARKE RE-BRAND
HOL-2014-04-STG LITEMOOD LED
HOL-2014-06 - 1ST 787-8 DELIVERY
HOL-LOGO - 2012-03

FORMED IN 1981 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1991. FORMERLY KNOWN AS AIR HOLLAND AND ATR LEASING VI. NOW A K A "(TUI) AIRLINES NEDERLAND." INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 75607
1118 ZR SCHIPHOL-RIJK, NETHERLANDS

ADDRESS:
JAN REBELSTRAAT 20
1069 CC AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

ADDRESS:
BREGUETLAAN 67
1438 BD OUDE MEER, NETHERLANDS

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in 1581, it covers an area of 41,473 sq km, its population is 15.5 million, its capital is Amsterdam, and its official language is Dutch.

APRIL 1981: THE AIRLINE'S HISTORY TRACES BACK TO AIR HOLLAND (HOL).

DECEMBER 1995: AIR HOLLAND (HOL) HAD 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 120 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(HOL) RECEIVES 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL ON 757.

TO LEASE 757 (PH-AHI) TO AIR EUROPE ITALY (EIY), FOR 4 MONTHS.

APRIL 1996: 1 757-2T7 (22781) 3 YEAR MONARCH (MON) LEASE (1ST WET-LEASED).

OCTOBER 1996: LEASING 737 (PP838) TO AIR ONE (ADH), UNTIL APRIL 1997, THEN RETURN TO (GUI). 757 (NB071) LEASED TO ICELANDAIR (ICE), JANUARY 1997 TO MARCH 1997.

MARCH 1997: 757-27B (24135) RETURNED FROM ICELANDAIR (ICE).

MAY 1997: 737-300 DELIVERY (CFM56-3C1).

JUNE 1997: 757-200 (NB079) SOLD TO CONDOR (CDF).

SEPTEMBER 1997: 737-3L9 LEASED TO AIR MALAWI (AML), TIL 5/98.

OCTOBER 1997: 4TH ORDER (APRIL 1998) 757-200 (NB133), EX-AMERICA WEST (AMW), (AWW) LEASED WITH POSSIBLE EXTENSION TO 6 YEARS. 1 757-200 (24135) WET-LEASED TO DINAR (DIR).

120 MINUTES 757 (ETOPS): 22 FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER AFRICA & INDIAN OCEAN, AND 76 FLIGHTS OVER NORTH & MID ATLANTIC.

DECEMBER 1997: 3 YEAR HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO ICELANDAIR (ICE) FOR 4 757'S.

JANUARY 1998: EASYJET (EZY) MAKES "FRIENDLY" TAKEOVER BID FOR AIR HOLLAND (HOL). NOT ACCEPTED.

FEBRUARY 1998: 757-2T7 (22781) RETURNED FROM AIR GABON (GBN).

MARCH 1998: DUTCH DERKSEN FAMILY'S 69% STAKE ACQUIRED BY A GROUP OF MINORITY SHAREHOLDERS, INCLUDING NETHERLAND'S LARGEST TOUR OPERATOR, SUD-TOURS, IN PREFERENCE TO EASYJET (EZY).

APRIL 1998: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 120 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SOLD 737-300 (23718) TO (TCI) LEASED (CIT) AND LEASED BACK FOR 66 MONTHS. 1 757-23A (24291), EX-AMERICA WEST (AMW), (AWW) 7 YEAR LEASED.

MAY 1998: 757-200 (RB211-535E4) RETURNED FROM DINAR (DIR).

JULY 1998: JAN HEPPENER PRESIDENT REPLACES M VAN BERCKEL.

AUGUST 1998: 737-3YO (23921) LEASED TO CANARIAS REGIONAL AIR (CRN) UNTIL APRIL 1999. 757-200 (NB073) WET-LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP) FOR 6 MONTHS FROM OCTOBER 1998.

SEPTEMBER 1998: 757-23A LEASED TO SWAN SWISS WORLD (SWI), (24291). 757-27B (24137) LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP).

JANUARY 1999: 737-3YO (23921) RETURNED FROM CRONUS (CRN).

FEBRUARY 1999: NICO TAS LEAVES AIR HOLLAND (HOL) TO BECOME DIRECTOR ENGINEERING AT (KLM), REPLACING PAUL VAN DEN BOOM, WHO IS SETTING UP A NEW (KLM) JOINT VENTURE WITH ALLIEDSIGNAL. HENK STOMPHORST, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, EX-(LTU) REPLACES WIM RIGHARTS, WHO HAS SWITCHED TO LEASE MANAGER.

MARCH 1999: 737-300 (23921) LEASED TO AIR MALTA (MLT) TIL MAY 1999.

APRIL 1999: 200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 120 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(airhol@xsyall.nl). SITA: SPLHQGG.

757-23A (24528, PH-AHP), EX-BRITANNIA (BRI), TOMBO 4 YEAR LEASED. 757-2T7 (22781, PH-AHO), RETURNED TO MONARCH (MON).

OCTOBER 1999: TALKING TO EASYJET (EZY) ABOUT POSSIBLE (EZY) BASE IN AMSTERDAM.

2 757-200 (NB071; NB073), WET-LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP).

NOVEMBER 1999: THE SCHREINER GROUP, A DUTCH AVIATION COMPANY ACQUIRES AIR HOLLAND (HOL).

(HOL) WENT INTO RECEIVERSHIP.

DECEMBER 1999: 737-3L9 (23718) RETURNED TO LESSOR.

JANUARY 2000: AIR HOLLAND (HOL) IS TO BE REVIVED BY (LLP1) GROUP, A CONSORTIUM OF DUTCH INVESTORS.

ORIGINAL FLEET HAS BEEN RETURNED, AND WILL RESTART OPERATIONS WITH 1 737.

FEBRUARY 2000: 757-23A (24528, PH-AHP), RETURNED TO TOMBO (TOM).

MARCH 2000: 737-300 (28559) RETURNED (GECAS) (GEH), LEASED TO PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL).

APRIL 2000: 757-23A (24291) RETURNED AWAS (AWW), LEASED TO NATIONAL (NAB).

MAY 2000: SIGNS FOR LEASE OF 757-200 (NB071). PLANS TO RESTART OPERATIONS IN LATE JUNE 2000. LATER TO OPERATE 3 757'S.

JULY 2000: 1 737-3L9 (23718, OO-CTX), CIT (TCI) LEASED TO CITY BIRD (CBD). 1 757-27B (24135, PH-AHE), FINOVA (GRB) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 757-27B WET-LEASED TO SENAIR, FLAG CARRIER FOR SENEGAL, FOR OPERATIONS TO EUROPE FROM IVORY COAST.

JANUARY 2001: 1 ORDER (MARCH 2001) DC-10-30, EX-AOM (MNR), FOR SERVICE TO ST MAARTEN.

FEBRUARY 2001: SIGNS CONTRACT WITH GOVERNMENT OF ARUBA TO FORM NEW ARUBAN FLAG CARRIER (ALTHOUGH WILL NOT USE AIR ARUBA NAME). TO START OPERATIONS WITH 1 MD-90. AIR HOLLAND (HOL) WILL USE ARUBA AS HUB FOR CARIBBEAN, ALTHOUGH BOTH COMPANIES WILL OPERATE SEPARATELY. OPERATES DC-10-30 CHARTER SERVICE TO ARUBA AND CURACAO, MOSTLY ON BEHALF OF THE VAN DER VALK HOTEL GROUP. ISLAND OF BONAIRE TO BE ADDED SOON, AS VAN DER VALK HAS A HOTEL ON THAT ISLAND.

APRIL 2001: 1 757-27B (169-24136, /88 PH-AHF), (LHD) LEASED, RETURNED FROM MARTINAIR (MTH). 2 ORDERS (JUNE 2001) 767-200'S. RETURNS DC-10-30.

JUNE 2001: CANCELS 2 ORDERS 767-200ER'S.

MARCH 2002: 1 ORDER (MAY 2002) 767-300ER, (ILF) 6 YEAR LEASED.

(http://www.airholland.nl)

APRIL 2002: IN SUMMER, TO CHIOS, CORFU, KALAMATA, MYTILENE, RHODOS, SKIATHOS, VOLOS, AND ZAKYNTHOS, PLUS FORTALEZA. ALSO, FROM AMSTERDAM, GROGINGEN/EELDE, MAASTRICHT, AND ROTTERDAM, TO ANTALYA AND DALAMAN.

MAIN BASE: AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL AIRPORT (AMS).

757-204 (27237, PH-AHS), ITOCHU (CIF) LEASED.

MAY 2002: TONY GRAM, OWNER OF VG AIRLINES (VGZ), ACQUIRES A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY STAKE IN AIR HOLLAND (HOL).

250 EMPLOYEES.

1 767-328ER (27136), EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA), (ILF) 6 YEAR LEASED.

June 2002: 1 757-27B (24135), WET-LEASED TO AIR GABON (GBN).

July 2002: 1 757-200 (25622, PH-AHS), ex-Air Transat (AIJ), (ILF) 5 year leased.

September 2002: Air Holland (HOL) has been given 4 weeks to find a new investor to avoid bankruptcy.

In November 2002, from Amsterdam, and Zurich, to Banjul (757-200, weekly charter).

767-328ER (27136) leased to Air Gabon (GBN).

October 2002: Air Holland (HOL) Technics contact:
(Telephone: +31 20 316 44 11). (FAX: +31 20 316 44 66).
(c.smit@airholland.nl).

757-204 (27237, PH-AHT) returned to Itochu (CIF).

November 2002: Received a reprieve from possible shutdown, by paying the majority of its EUR 1.7 million/$1.7 million debt to Eurocontrol. Has a repayment schedule spread over next 10 months for the remaining amount.

757-27B (24135), returned from Air Gabon (GBN).

December 2002: 767-328ER (27136) returned from Air Gabon (GBN).

May 2003: 757-27B (24135) & 757-28A (25622) wet-leased to Air Scotland (AST).

June 2003: Amsterdam to Curacao (2/week). Amsterdam to St Maarten (weekly).

Parent organization/shareholders: Cees van Dormael, MCI Group.

(info@airholland.nl).

August 2003: Air Holland (HOL) is wet-leasing a 757-200 to Air Atlas Express (AAX) in between flights for Air Scotland (AST). Plans to acquire a 3rd 757-200 and a 2nd 767-300ER, with the latter to be used for service from Amsterdam to Paramaribo.

September 2003: Plans to replace its 767-300ER's with 3 767-300ER's ex-(SAS).

October 2003: Applies for Amsterdam and Brussels to Paramaribo. Code share with Royal Aruban Airlines (RAN), Aruba - Surinam.

Has a new Spanish investor.

1 767-383ER (325-2484, OY-KDN), Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) wet-leased.

December 2003: Has been acquired by the (IMCA) Group, which will merge the company with Air Exel Netherlands (KLM Excel) to form a new named airline "Holland Exel" (HOL).

February 2004: HollandExel (HOL), Strasbourg - Milan (MXP)/Munich.

767-383ER (24848) wet-leased to Belgium Exel (BXL).

(http://www.BelgiumExel.com).

March 2004: Air Holland (HOL) ceased operations. Continues operating as HollandExcel.

April 2004: 2 ATR 42-500's (513, PH-XLN; 504, PH-XLO), Air Exel operations.

August 2004: 767-383ER (24477, PH-AHQ) wet-leased to DutchCaribbeanExel.

September 2004: 2 767-31AER's (24948, PH-MCV; 27619, PH-MCW), (ILF) leased.

October 2004: 767-35DER (28656, SP-LPC), (LOT) Polish leased.

February 2005: HollandExcel (HOL) entered bankruptcy.

April 2005: German tourism and shipping group (TUI) (TUG) purchased HollandExel (HOL) and rebranded it as "ArkeFly." (TUG) agreed to take on its 400 staff and its fleet of 4 767-300ER's. (TUI) (TUG) which is the largest tour operator in in the Netherlands serving 1.2 million holidaymakers per year, has set up a new subsidiary, (TUI) Airlines Netherlands, to operate the airplanes.

ArkeFly (HOL) commenced operations under its own (ICAO) (TFL) flight code, Amsterdam to Hurghada & Luxor. ArkeFly (HOL) will be focusing on "seat only" sales and all-inclusive tour packages and will become the major sponsor of the football team FC Twente.

May 2005: 400 employees.

December 2005: ArkeFly (HOL) will operate charter jet airplane service from Amsterdam to Natal and Pipa (Brazil) for the 2006 summer season using a 767-300ER.

Futura International Airways (FUA) (CEO), Roman Pane and Britannia Nordic (TNS) Managing Director, Goran Gardo were elected President and VP, respectively, of the (IACA) Annual General Meeting (AGM). The organization also ratified 5 new airline members: Arkefly (HOL), Edelweiss Air (EDE), Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), NIKI (NKI), and Nouvelair (NOU).

April 2006: Netherlands and Surinam agreed to liberalize air traffic between the countries effective May 1. 2 Dutch carriers, Martinair (MTH) and ArkeFly (HOL), will be allowed to operate the Amsterdam to Paramaribo (Surinam) route. At present, only (KLM) and Surinam Airways (SUR) have the right to fly between the capitals. Both (TUI)-controlled ArkeFly (HOL) and Martinair (MTH) reportedly intend to commence 2x-weekly services using 767-300ERs.

The overall common brand: TUIfly.com of (TUI) (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 traveling 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 >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 >40 airplanes the airline flies from 26 British airports to >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).

May 2006: 1 A320-200 (EC-JRU), wet-leased for summer season (see photo).

June 2006: Arkefly (HOL) will begin long haul service from Basel Airport at the end of October. The airline will serve Cancun, Isla Margarita, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Varadero with each destination being served once a week and a total of 5x-weekly operated with a 767-300. On the return from these Caribbean destinations, the airplane will stop at Amsterdam. This also means that the Amsterdam flights will stop in Basel before crossing the Atlantic.

October 2006: 737-8FH (30826, EC-JHV), Futura International (FUA) wet-leased - see photo.

November 2006: Arkefly (HOL) inaugurated non-stop service from Amsterdam to Bonaire. The airline now operates a weekly flight using a 767-300ER which continues to Curacao.

December 2006: German tourism giant (TUI) (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" brand.

(TUI) (TUG) confirmed speculation that Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) will combine under the new name TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) "in order to secure access to the low-cost, Internet and modular tour growth markets," with the remaining five (TUI) (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," a European brand, it will be easier to address customers. At the same time, the new brand will be an essential element of (TUI) (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 Boeing (TBC), bringing its backlog to 65 airplanes. Boeing (TBC) issued a statement confirming (TUI) Group (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. (TUI) (TUG) will operate 56 airplanes next year, and expand capacity +27%. It displayed a mockup of "TUIfly.com"'s new all-yellow livery on its website.

Regarding its cost-cutting program, (TUI) (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 >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 (TUI) AG. It is targeting a 2008 profit of €450 to €550 million.

March 2007: (TUI) AG (TUG), parent of Hapagfly (HAP), Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), Thomsonfly (TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), 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.

May 2007: The Tourism division of German company (TUI) (TUG) is to merge with First Choice (ATZ) of the UK to create 1 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 1 of the most profitable and efficient tourism groups in the world," said (TUI) (TUG) (CEO), Dr Michael Frenzel, who will become Chairman of (TUI) Travel. "At just the right time, 2 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.

May 2007: (TUI) Group (TUG), the German tourism company that owns 6 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 (NOQ). 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."

November 2007: 737-8K5 (35100, PH-TFA), (RBS) Aerospace leased.

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 time-frame 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 2009: 737-8K5 (35149, PH-TFB), delivery, fitted with 180 seats across 2 classes. Arkefly (HOL) will deploy the airplane on its Mediterranean network. A 3rd 737-800 will join the fleet in May.

737-8K5 (35149, PH-TFB), delivery.

April 2009: (TUI) Travel (TUG) subsidiary, ArkeFly (HOL) took delivery of its 3rd 737-8K5 (35146, PH-TFC). 737-8Q8 (737-83N (30675), Miami Air (MIB) wet-leased.

May 2009: 757-2YO (26158, C-FLOX), Skyservice (SKB) wet-leased.

July 2009: ArkeFly (HOL) will operate a weekly seasonal, Amsterdam - Kittila service December 20 - March 14 using a 737-800.

737-8Q8 (32799, N738MA), Miami Air (MIB) wet-leased.

February 2010: ArkeFly (HOL) launched weekly seasonal, Amsterdam to Boa Vista to Sal to Amsterdam service on November 27. It will also operate a 2x-weekly seasonal 767-300ER service linking Amsterdam and Toronto Pearson between July 1 and September 2. (HOL) has wet-leased a 737-800 to Canjet Airlines (CNJ) for the winter season.

April 2010: Boeing (TBC) announced that (TUI) Travel PLC (TUG), the world’s leading leisure travel company, is the launch customer for "GoldCare." The agreement to support the airline’s 787 Dreamliner fleet covers 13 airplanes currently on order by (TUI) (TUG). The 787s will be operated by Thomson Airways (TFY), Tuifly Nordic (TNS), Jetairfly (TUB), and Arkefly (HOL). The GoldCare contract is for a period of 12 years from the delivery date of each airplane.

Boeing (TBC) will provide (TUI) Travel (TUG) with GoldCare Enterprise, which encompasses the full portfolio of available GoldCare services.
GoldCare is Boeing (TBC)’s life cycle solution that provides maintenance, engineering and material management as a multi-year service managed by (TBC). GoldCare is made possible through (TBC)’s advanced e-enabling technologies.

“We are thrilled to be the launch customer for this service,” said Fraser Ellacott, Director of Engineering, (TUI) Travel PLC (Thomson Airways (TFY). “We have developed this exciting concept with Boeing (TFC) and are confident that this service will optimize the efficiency of our airlines’ operations, reduce complexity, provide value to our stakeholders and allow us to continue to provide outstanding service for our customers.”

Support using GoldCare Enterprise will allow the airline group to focus on its passengers, knowing that its airplane assets achieve maximum utilization and are maintained to the highest standards by Boeing (TBC) through its GoldCare partners. “As the launch customer for GoldCare, (TUI) Travel (TUG) demonstrates the desire for and benefits of this program,” said Bob Avery, VP Fleet Management for Commercial Aviation Services, Commercial Airplanes. “GoldCare will boost airplane reliability, reduce cost and improve efficiency throughout the life cycle of the airplane.

“(TUI) Travel is a strong development partner on this program and we look forward to our continued partnership as (TUI) Travel’s 787s enter service.” To deliver GoldCare, Boeing (TBC) leads a global team performing comprehensive material management, engineering and maintenance services at a predictable cost based on flight hours. GoldCare provides airlines with 24/7 operations center support using the latest technology to turn airplane operating data into diagnostic information that enhances efficiency and maximizes airplane availability.

The GoldCare team also includes (GE) Aviation (GEC), Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell (SGC), Moog Inc, Panasonic and Rockwell Collins. These original equipment manufacturers (OEM) will support the material, repair and overhaul (MRO) needs for the systems they provide on the 787.

August 2010: ArkeFly (HOL) is introducing new long haul routes:
Amsterdam to Banjul to Sal to Amsterdam: weekly seasonal, 767-300ER service started on April 2 (Sal now served year round, in summer in combination with Banjul, in winter in combination with Boa Vista);
Amsterdam to Goa to Colombo Bandaranaike International to Amsterdam: weekly seasonal, 767-300ER service starting on October 6.

October 2010: 767-304ER (29138, PH-OYI), Thomson Airways (TFY) leased, ex-(G-OBYI).

May 2011: (GECAS) (GEF) delivered a new 737-800 under lease to (TUI) Airlines Nederland, operating as Arkefly (HOL).

September 2011: 737-86N (35220, PH-TFF), (GEF) wet-leased, ex-(EI-EPO).

October 2011: Arkefly (HOL) will operate 2x-weekly, Amsterdam Schiphol to Oakland International 767-300ER service between June 7 to October 18. The service will operate via Los Angeles International on Sundays.

December 2011: ArkeFly (HOL) is a charter, jet airplane carrier established as a Dutch arm subsidiary of the German tourism and shipping group TUI (TUG). (HOL) provides inclusive tour packages to holiday destinations in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, India, the Mediterranean, Middle East, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Also offers seat-only sales and cargo services across its entire network.

(IATA) Code: OR - 178. (ICAO) Code: TFL - (Callsign - ARKEFLY).

Parent company/shareholders: TUI Travel (TUG) (100%).

Airline subsidiaries/shareholdings: ArkeFly Curacao* (100%).

Main Base: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).

International, scheduled destinations: Curacao; Hurghada; & Luxor.

* ArkeFly Curacao was formerly DutchCaribbeanExel as part of the Excel Aviation Group, but was taken over together with its parent airline HollandExcel by (TUI) Nederland. Its main base is Curacao (Hato) International airport (CUR). The airline flies between Curacao in the Dutch Antilles and Amsterdam, using airplanes shared with parent ArkeFly (HOL). http://www.arkefly.an

January 2012: Arkefly (HOL) is adding new leisure destinations from its Amsterdam base and for the 1st time also from regional airports in the Netherlands:
Amsterdam - Las Vegas McCarran: 2x-weekly seasonal 767-300ER service starting on June 7;
Amsterdam to Male to Colombo Bandaranaike International: weekly 767-300ER service starting on June 25 (Male as a new destination);
Amsterdam to Oakland to Los Angeles to Amsterdam: 2x-weekly seasonal 767-300ER service starting on June 7;
Amsterdam to Phuket to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Amsterdam: 2x-weekly 767-300ER service starting on June 27;
Amsterdam - Preveza: weekly seasonal 737-800 service starting on May 2;
Amsterdam to Rimini to Pula to Amsterdam: weekly seasonal 737-800 service between May 12 and September 22;
Amsterdam to Sitia: 2x-weekly seasonal 737-800 service starting on April 26;
Amsterdam to Split: weekly seasonal 737-800 service between June 28 and August 30;
Amsterdam to Venice Marco Polo: weekly seasonal 737-800 service between May 12 and September 29;
Eindhoven to Antalya: 3x-weekly seasonal 737-800 service starting on April 25;
Rotterdam to Antalya: 3x-weekly seasonal 737-800 service starting on April 25.

Arkefly (HOL) has added a 5th ex-(AMC) Airlines (AMF) 737-800.

March 2012: Arkefly (HOL) is expanding its network to the USA west coast with 3 new seasonal destinations, signalling the potential it sees in the relatively undeveloped low-cost long-haul trans-Atlantic market. Until now, (HOL)’s USA network was limited to the east coast. (HOL) is also planning expansion to SE Asia which could fill some of the void left by AirAsia X (ASX) in the Europe TO Asia low-cost, long-haul market.

(HOL) is owned by Germany’s (TUI) Group (TUG), which has a portfolio of airlines following primarily leisure carrier or hybrid leisure/Low Cost Carrier (LCC) models. Arkefly (HOL) operates a mix of scheduled and charter services with both narrow body and wide body airplanes. Its charters are primarily for Dutch tour operator and sister company Arke, which is also owned by (TUI) (TUG).

(HOL) currently operates to North America, the Caribbean, Europe, the (UAE) and India. As part of its summer 2012 schedule, its services will be expanded in Europe, North America and the Caribbean, while its network will also be extended to S Asia and Africa.

Arkefly (HOL) has a rare but small trans-Atlantic low-cost long-haul operation which is to be expanded as part of its summer 2012 schedule. In recent years, a number of low-cost trans-Atlantic carriers have come and gone including Zoom (Canada and the UK) and XL Airways UK. Despite these failures, (HOL) has continued to operate low-cost long-haul services. But its model is a bit different in that its trans-Atlantic fleet of 767s are configured with economy (Y), premium economy (PY) and business (C) class cabins.

(HOL)’s operations are very seasonal with its volume of operations and expanse of network varying greatly between its winter schedule and busier summer schedule, when leisure travelers are most active in Europe. Currently 66.7% of (HOL)’s capacity is allocated to Caribbean routes, but as the summer schedule kicks in from the end of March 2012, the distributions will change as will the capacity it offers.

During the summer schedule, (HOL) also operates intra-European routes using all-economy (Y) 737-800s. Summer 2012 will see (HOL) launch a number of European services from Amsterdam including Pula, Preveza, Venice, and Rimini.

(HOL) is also planning new seasonal services to the West Coast of the USA, an interesting development as previously it only served the East Coast. Over June 2012 to September 2012, (HOL) plans to serve Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Oakland. These cities will be served via 3 new routes, each of which will be operated with 1ne weekly frequency: Amsterdam to Las Vegas to Los Angeles to Amsterdam; Amsterdam to Las Vegas to Oakland to Amsterdam; and Amsterdam to Oakland to Los Angeles to Amsterdam.

(HOL) will be the only carrier operating non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Las Vegas. But in the Los Angeles and Oakland markets, it will compete against (KLM). (KLM) now operates daily service to Los Angeles and 5x-weekly services to San Francisco, which is located just across the San Francisco Bay from Oakland.

(HOL)’s new USA destinations bring its total USA network to 5 destinations following the East Coast destinations of Miami and Orlando Sanford. (KLM) now serves Miami but there are no other carriers linking either Orlando area airport with Amsterdam.

(HOL) has faced significantly less direct competition since November 2011, when Martinair (MTH) ceased all passenger services and handed all passenger services to parent company (KLM). But hybrid carrier Air Berlin (BER) has been steadily expanding its North American and Caribbean networks from its Berlin Tegel base. New Air Berlin (BER) low-cost long-haul services to Las Vegas and Los Angeles are to commence from May 1, 2012 and May 10, 2012, respectively.

With AirAsia X (ASX)’s withdrawal from Europe to be completed over the next month, (HOL) and (BER) will also be left as the only low-cost long-haul carriers (LCC) between Europe and Asia.

In addition to its current services to India, (HOL) plans to move into SE Asia with Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Phuket services beginning on June 27, 2012.

Air Berlin (BER) now offers services to Bangkok from Berlin and Düsseldorf and to Phuket from Berlin and Munich. But its Bangkok services are to be canceled from late March 2012 so it can focus on North American routes, as part of a network alignment with key shareholder Etihad Airways (EHD).

(HOL) now operates an all-Boeing (TBC) fleet consisting of 5 737-800s and 5 767-300ERs. (HOL) is set to receive 1 more of each type in the near future and intends to continue gradually expanding its 737 fleet. (HOL) also has 3 787-8 airplanes on order which it expects to receive from 2014. While they will initially serve as replacements for its oldest 767-300ER airplanes, (HOL) is reportedly looking to receive more 787s.

Fast-expanding (LCC) Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) is also planning to operate 787 airplanes on long-haul services. (NWG) has 6 787-8s on order, the 1st of which it plans to receive in (1Q) 2013. While initially, Norwegian (NWG) highlighted New York as a possible launch destination, it has also stated it is considering Beijing, Hong Kong and Bangkok as potential destinations.

Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) and Air Berlin (BER)’s plans are not likely to have a large direct impact on Arkefly (HOL) considering (HOL) is primarily a charter operator compared with (NWG) and (BER), which focus only on scheduled services. While (HOL) does offer scheduled services, its core operation is as a service provider to Arke and the TUI travel group (TUG). As a result, it is shielded for the most part from competition from other (LCC)s as well as full service carriers.

With the summer schedule close to coming into effect, (HOL) will see its operations expand considerably from winter 2011/12 levels. Depending upon the uptake of its new services to the USA and SE Asia, there could be further expansion of (HOL)’s low-cost long-haul network in winter 2012/2013 and summer 2013.

April 2012: The (TUI) Travel Group (TUG) has purchased Boeing (TBC)’s 5-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.

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.

October 2013: Arkefly (HOL) announced it had rebranded itself as Arke

SEE PHOTO - - "HOL-2013-10 - ARKE RE-BRAND."

Tirana International Airport recently landed summer flights to Amsterdam from ArkeFly (HOL), the Dutch leisure airline of the (TUI) Group (TUG).

Netherlands airlines have cut back their services to Egypt in the face of warnings from the Dutch government of possible terrorist action. Charter company ArkeFly (HOL) (part of the Europe-wide (TUI) tourism group (TUG)) has canceled all services to Egypt until October 31 following advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs “strongly discouraging” all travel to the Sinai peninsula, including popular Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Travel to other areas of Egypt is “discouraged.”

Fellow Dutch operator Transavia (TAV) has suspended its 2x-weekly flights to Sharm el Sheikh for at least 2 weeks following the Dutch government’s advice and its own risk assessment. It is unknown when they would restart. Flights by (TAV) to other Egyptian destinations are continuing to operate.

According to Dutch media reports, the government’s advice came after the Netherlands intelligence service warned there was a risk of terrorists using surface-to-air missiles against civil airplanes over the Sinai. The desert peninsula has in recent times become a hotbed of Islamic militants linked to Al Qaeda, although the Red Sea resorts, which are popular with western tourists, have hitherto been regarded as safe.

November 2013: (TUI) Travel (TUG) has completed an order for 2 additional Boeing 787-8 airplanes. The new 787 Dreamliners, scheduled for delivery in 2016, will bring the group’s fleet of the type to 15.

(TUI) Travel operates 6 airlines, 4 of which operate, or will operate, 787 services: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), Arkefly (HOL), TUI Fly Nordic (TNS) and Jetairfly (TUB).

At current list prices, the 2 787s are worth $422 million, although the group says it received a discount as a result of various concessions, allowances and support from Boeing (TBC).

Peter Long, TUI Travel (TUG)’s (CEO), said: “We have developed our strategy by putting the customer at the center of everything we do.
“The 787 Dreamliner is another example where we have led the way by enhancing the customer experience and improving environmental efficiencies, both of which differentiate us from other tour operators.” The 787s will most likely be used on long-haul leisure routes.

March 2014: (STG) Aerospace has been chosen by Arke (HOL) to do liTeMood (LED) retrofit mood lighting for (HOL)’s Boeing 737-800s.

April 2014: (STG) Aerospace is hoping to certify its retrofit ambient lighting system.

SEE ATTACHED - - "HOL-2014-04-LITEMOOD LED" for the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 757 by the end of this year, after securing Dutch charter airline Arke (HOL) as its launch customer on the Boeing 737-800.

Lighting specialist (STG) Aerospace, which has been in business for 20 years, is best known for its safTglo photoluminescent floor track strips that guide passengers to emergency exits. This product is in service on >9,000 airplanes world wide, operated by >300 airlines.

However, (STG) Aerospace has now diversified into retrofit cabin lighting and has signed a contract to equip 4 Arke (HOL) 737-800s with its liTeMood LED system. This marks its 2nd liTeMood contract, building on an earlier deal that covered 25 Swiss European Air Lines Avro RJs. While the Swiss certification took a year, the lead time should be trimmed to 6 months on future airplane types.

June 2014: 1st 787-8 Dreamliner (182-36427, PH-TFK) delivery. Arke (HOL) is part of (TUI) Travel (PLC), the largest tourism group in the world. “The 787 Dreamliner is an excellent fit for our Dutch operations and we are delighted to be the 1st carrier in the Netherlands to offer this product as part of our unique holiday experiences,” said Elie Bruyninckx, (CEO) (TUI) Netherlands/Arke.

Arke (HOL) 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 1st of 3 787 Dreamliners to join (HOL)’s all-Boeing fleet that also includes Next-Generation 737s and 767-300ERs (Extended Range). (TUI) Travel (TUG) has ordered a total of 15 787-8s, of which 6 have been delivered and are currently in operation with 3 of the 6 airlines it operates; Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), Jetairfly (TUB), and now Arke (HOL).

September 2014: Neos ((IATA) Code: NO, based at Milan Malpensa) (NEO) will wet-lease a 767-300 from ArkeFly (HOL), covering (NEO)'s December 2014 to April 2015 operations.

April 2015: Arke (HOL) will roll out a combined in-flight + airport in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution starting in July on board its 5 Boeing 737s, 1 767 and 3 787s. AirFi boxes will be deployed at Arke (HOL)’s main logistical bases of Amsterdam Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands, plus about 10 international destination airports. The small, battery operated boxes will be tucked away at departure gates creating a free 3G-based Wi-Fi network for Arke (HOL) guests at the airport. They will also stream free content to their personal devices as they wait.

May 2015: News Item A-1: The (TUI) Group (TUG) has placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus 1 option, and has switched 2 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 3 787-9s within the next 3 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 6 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 >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 5 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.

July 2015: ArkeFly (HOL) is Leasing USA, Danish 737s this Summer" July 7th, 2015.

737-8Q8 (32799, N738MA), wet-leased from Miami Air International (MIB) for the summer season.

August 2015: ArkeFly (HOL) expects its maiden 737 Max in 2018.

Parent, the (TUI) Group (TUG) has 60 737 MAXs on order.

September 2015: Dutch leisure operator, Arke ((IATA) Code: OR, based at Amsterdam) (HOL) has been forced to abandon upcoming plans to connect the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven with the Caribbean this winter following concerns the flights may help foster a growing drug trade.

Justice Minister, Ard van der Steur told local media houses that local government could not permit the flights as Eindhoven airport possesses neither the manpower nor the machinery capable of thoroughly screening all passengers for drugs.

As such, Arke (HOL) has reportedly agreed to reroute the flights through Amsterdam where such resources have been in place for the past thirteen years.

In 2002, the Netherlands implemented what it termed '100% inspections' to help combat a rise in the number of smugglers attempting to bring drugs into the country via Amsterdam Schipol airport. The policy involves individually searching all passengers arriving on flights from the Dutch Antilles, Aruba, Suriname, and Venezuela for drugs.

News Item A-2: Arke (HOL) currently operates 13 airplanes, to 18 countries to 23 destinations, on 39 routes and 10 daily flights.

October 2015: Arke (HOL) has become the 1st carrier in the (TUI) Group (TUG)'s stable of airlines to rebrand under its "international oneBrand" campaign.

Effective October 1, (HOL), the Dutch leisure operator now operates as TUIfly (Netherlands) (HOL) with 787-8 (37228, PH-TFL) the 1st airplane in its fleet to sport a revised livery.

In May this year, (TUI) (TUG) the German multinational travel and tourism firm said it would rebrand all of its 5 carriers: - Arke (HOL), Jetairfly (TUB), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), TUIfly (Germany) (HAP)/(HLX), and TUIfly Nordic (TNS) under a single "TUI" master brand to help improve consistency as well as overall international recognition.

According to the firm, the transition to "TUI" will begin with Arke (HOL) and Jetairfly (TUB) in the initial phase, followed by TUIfly Nordic (TNS) and Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) in the second. TUI (TUG)'s other subsidiary, Corsair International (COR), has been excluded from the project.

Despite the move to a unified brand strategy, all five carriers will continue to operate under separate Air Operator Certificates (AOC). However, in a bid to streamline costs and administrative overheads, they will be consolidated into one "central organization" employing a singular "Engineering & Maintenance function).”

February 2016: Aviointeriors’ Economy (Y) Class “Columbus Crew Rest” seat model has been selected by TUIfly Netherlands (HOL) and Jetairfly (TUB) for their 2 Boeing 767-300 retrofit program.

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 1st half of 2016, airberlin (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 6 European airlines and around 140 airplanes, a distribution network of >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.

May 2017: "(KLM) and (TUI) Netherlands to Expand Cooperation" by Alan Dron alandron@adepteditorial.com, May 23, 2017.

(KLM) and package holiday operator (TUI) Netherlands (HOL) will intensify their existing cooperation agreement.

(TUI) Netherlands (HOL) has its own carrier, TUIfly Netherlands, which operates a small fleet of Boeing 737-800s, 767-300s and 787-8s.

The (TUI) Group is a Germany-based multi-national holiday company.

The 2 companies intend to start cooperating on several new routes, while “substantially” expanding their combined capacity on routes they already serve together. “We want to consolidate our leading position in both the business and leisure market, and expand wherever possible,” (KLM) Netherlands Director Harm Kreulen said. “The market for package trips is one segment where there are plenty of opportunities, particularly in view of the many new destinations (KLM) has added to its network in recent years.”

“We strongly believe in this intensification of cooperation between (KLM) and (TUI),” (TUI) Netherlands (HOL)’s General Manager Arjan Kers added. “By combining our strengths, we will generate further growth, with new destinations and more passenger capacity.”

The stepped-up cooperation will see (TUI) restoring Kenya to its range of destinations. From November, (TUI) will offer capacity on 3x-weekly (KLM) flights to Mombasa, with an intermediate stop in Nairobi.

In addition, (TUI) will offer a substantial number of seats on nonstop flights that (KLM) intends to start operating to Mauritius in November. (KLM) will operate 3x-weekly Boeing 787 flights to the Indian Ocean island.

Earlier this year, (KLM) began operating flights to Cartagena (Colombia) and in the winter also began serving San José in Costa Rica, where (TUI) will begin operating tours next winter.

(TUI)fly will suspend its own flights to St Maarten this winter, but will continue to offer the Dutch market package trips to this island in cooperation with (KLM). The 2 carriers will also jointly serve various European cities.

July 2017: (TUI) Netherlands (HOL) became the 3rd carrier to link Amsterdam (AMS) with Paramaribo (PBM) when it began weekly (Mondays) flights on July 3.

Using its own 787-8s, (TUI) Netherlands (HOL) will operate the route in code share with Surinam Airways (SUR). The seasonal route will run until October 30. However, after this date (HOL), the Netherlands carrier will still code share with Surinam Airways (SUR) on its Wednesday and Saturday flights. The 7,519 km sector is already operated by Surinam Airways (SUR) 4x-weekly this summer, with (KLM) also offering 4x-weekly flights.

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October 2017:

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3C1), 1 LST (AML), 28559 RTND (GEH), LST (PAL) 2000-03, 23718 RTND (TCI) 1999-12, LST (CBD).

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3) (1513-23921), RTND TO (BBB), LST (AEY) 2000-04.

1 737-382 (CFM56-3B2) (1695-24365, /89 OM-BEX), EX-(MLT)/(AZR), (EXP) LSD 2013-06. 138Y.

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

0 737-8FH (CFM56-7B27) (1732-30826, /05 EC-JHV - SEE PHOTO), (FUA) WET-LSD 2006-10. RTND. 189Y.

1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B27) (2424-35100, /07 PH-TFA "FERDINAND FRANSEN" 2007-11), RBS AEROSPACE LSD. 189Y.

2 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B27) (2820-35149, /09 PH-TFB; 2875-35146, /09 PH-TFC), 35146 RF (CNJ) 2010-05. 189Y.

1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (30670, N739MA), (MIB) WET-LSD 2009-04. RTND. LSD (AGAIN) 2010-06.

1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (1467-32799, /04 N738MA), (MIB) WET-LSD 2009-07. RTND 2009-08. LSD (AGAIN) 2010-06. LSD (AGAIN) 2015-07. 172Y.

0 737-83N (CFM56-7B) (30675), (MIB) WET-LSD 2009-04. RTND.

1 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (35220, PH-TFF), (GEF) LSD 2011-09. EX-(EI-EPO).

1 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (AMF) WET-LSD.

60 ORDERS 737 MAX FOR (TUI) GROUP (TUG).

0 757-2T7 (RB211-535E4) (18-22781), EX-(GBN), RTND (MON) 1999-04.

0 757-2YO (526-26158, C-FLOX), (SKB) WET-LSD 2009-05. RTND.

0 757-204 (602-27237, PH-AHS), (CIF) LSD 2002-04, RTND 2002-10.

0 757-23A (215-24291), EX-(AMW), (AWW) LSD, ALL 757 HEAVY MAINT BY (ICE), 2 (ETOPS) (24291 RTND (AWW) 2000-04, LST (NAB).

0 757-23A (RB211-535E4) (250-24528, PH-AHP), EX-(BRI), (TOM) 4 YR LSD, RTND (TOM) 2000-02, LST (TAV).

0 757-27B (RB211-535E4) (1 LST (EIY) (24137 RTT (LHD), LST (MTH) (165-24135, /88 PH-AHE), EX-(LHD), (GRB) LSD, WET-LST SENAIR 2000-11 (169-24136, /88 PH-AHF, (LHD) LSD). 24135 WET-LST (GBN) 2002-06, RF (GBN) 2002-11. 24135 WET-LST (AST) 2003-05. RTND. 219Y.

0 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (530-25622, /93 PH-AHS), EX-(AIJ), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2002-07. WET-LST (AST) 2003-05. 25622 RTND (ILF) 2004-04, LST (AFZ). 219Y.

0 ORDERS 767-200, 2 CANCELED.

1 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (28979, PH-OYE), THOMSON AIRWAYS (ATZ)/(TFY) LSD 2011-11, EX-(G-OBYE). 31PY, 284Y.

1 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (783-29138, /00 PH-OYI), (TFY) LSD 2010-10, EX-(G-OBYI). FIRST AIRPLANE WITH NEW NAME "ARKE" - - SEE PHOTO - - "HOL-767-304ER - ARKE." WITH WINGLETS. 31PY, 284Y.

0 767-31AER (PW4060) (380-24948; 595-27619, /95 PH-MCV), (ILF) LSD 2004-09. 27619; WET-LST (BMA) 2006-01. 24948 RTND. 12F, 95C, 165Y.

0 767-328ER (CF6-80C2) (497-27136, /93 PH-AHR), EX-(AFA), (ILF) 6 YR LSD 2002-05; RF (GBN) 2002-12. RTND (ILF), LST (ZOM) 2004-01. 26C, 185Y.

0 767-35DER (659-28656, SP-LPC), (LOT) WET-LSD 2004-10. RTND.

1 767-383ER (PW4060) (315-24847, /90 PH-AHX), BCI AIRCRAFT LSG LSD 2004-02. 12C, 260Y.

0 767-383ER (PW4060) (325-24848, /90 PH-AHY), BCI AIRCRAFT LSG LSD 2003-10. WET-LST (BXL) 2004-02. RTND, LST (VIE) 2005-03. RF (VIE) 2005-06. RTND LESSOR. 2011-01, LST (BCC). 12C, 260Y.

1 767-383ER (PW4060) (337-24477, /90 PH-AHQ), BCI AIRCRAFT LSG LSD, WET-LST DUTCH CARIBBEAN EXEL 2004-08. 12C, 260Y.

2 +11/13 ORDERS 787-8 DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B) (182-36427, PH-TFK, 2014-06; 245-37228, PH-TFL, 2015-10), 18W, 281Y.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50E2), EX-(MNR), RTND 2001-04.

0 A320-200 (EC-JRU), WET-LSD 2006-05 - SEE PHOTO. RTND.

0 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (1207, /00 G-MIDM - SEE PHOTO), (BMA) WET-LSD 2006-06. RTND. 195Y.

0 ATR 42-500's (513, PH-XLN; 504, PH-XLO), AIR EXEL OPS 2004-04. 504; 506; 528; RTND ATR 2005-02.

Management:
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JAN DE KLEERMAKER, CHAIRMAN.

ROBBI LACHMISING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ELIE BRUYNINCKX, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

LUDO SAUWEN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

STEVEN VAN DER HEIJDEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

ARJAN KERS, GENERAL MANAGER.

JURRIEN ASSENDORP, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

RICHARD VERHOEF, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

STEVEN HEIDEN, DIRECTOR.

CAPTAIN CONSTANTINO BOURIDIS, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (SPLMXXH).

CAPTAIN BART MEIJER, DIRECTOR FLIGHT SAFETY (SPLMXXH).

LOEK BOERRIGTER, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING (SPLMXXH) (2000-09).

CARL RUNGE, DIRECTOR.

WIM RIGHARTS, LEASE MANAGER (SPLMMGG) (1999-02).

HENK VAN DER VYGH, MANAGER ENGINEERING.

AD VAN DER NAGEL, MANAGER QUALITY & TRAINING (2000-09).

OMID AAZAMI, MANAGER COMMERCIAL PLANNING.

DENNY VAN OMMEREN, STATION MANAGER, THE NETHERLANDS.

 
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