After a non-stop flight from Seattle a TUI fly Boeing 737 MAX 8 landed at Brussels Airport (BRU) this morning. The first 737 MAX for TUI fly Group and the first registered in Belgium.
TUI is proceeding with the renewal and modernisation of its Europe-wide aircraft fleet. The objective of upgrading the fleet is to make flights more economical, cost-efficient and environmentally-efficient. Since 2013, TUI has ordered a total of 70 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft which are intended to replace aircraft currently in service. This type of aircraft is particularly cost-saving and emission-efficient.
The first aircraft will be operated by TUI’s subsidiary TUI fly Belgium. The transfer was made yesterday at Boeing in Seattle. The new aircraft is registered as OO-MAX and named “Tenerife Alegria”. It’s first commercial flight will start on February 5 to Tenerife.
Initially a stopover was pas planned in Iceland but due to favourable winds pilots decided to continue the flight towards Brussels. The airplane landed safely after almost a 10 hour flight.
By the end of 2018, a total of nine 737 MAX 8 will be delivered to the airlines of TUI Group. These aircraft will be operated by TUI in Belgium, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The first 737 MAX for TUI fly Germany is scheduled to be delivered in early 2019. TUI Group has ordered 70 new aircraft in total to renew its narrow-body aircraft fleet by 2023 according to the current planning.
After delivery of the first aircraft to TUI fly Belgium, there are 51 additional orders of the 737 MAX 8 and 18 orders for the 737 MAX 10. TUI was the first European operator to select the latest and largest member of the 737 MAX family of airplanes.
— TUI Group