With its growing fleet, TUIfly has new focus areas for the 2019 summer season. To stabilize operations,TUIfly will keep one Boeing 737-800 as a reserve.
Berlin-Tegel will not be part of the flight plan during the summer season but is expected to return in the next winter schedule. Flights from Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Paderborn/Lippstadt will be operated by a wet-lease partner. It’s not yet clear which airlines will perform the wet-leases. Currently, a Just Us Air Airbus A321-200 and a White Airways Airbus A321-200 operate from Hanover as well as Leipzig/Halle on behalf of TUIfly.
TUIfly will base 32 aircraft for its own operations across eight German airports as well as in Basle, Switzerland. Another seven aircraft will be wet-leased to Lufthansa Group member Eurowings and will be based at four German airports. The majority of the fleet will be based in Hanover (eight including one reserve and one for the Eurowings operations), Dusseldorf (seven) and Frankfurt (five). Dusseldorf and Frankfurt will have an additional aircraft compared to the 2018 summer season.
The TUIfly fleet will grow by three aircraft in 2019. It will add its first Boeing 737 Max 8 this year. The bases of these new aircraft have not been announced. New planes will be used to replace an old Boeing 737-800.
The TUI group has ordered 70 Boeing 737 Max for their six airlines. TUIfly will be the fourth group airline to receive the Boeing 737 Max.
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