The cooperation between the two companies began in 2016 when Latvian based ACMI provider wet-leased 2 aircraft to the Belgian airline for a busy summer season.
The collaboration proved to be successful and continued during the following seasons with the increasing number of units leased each year.
At the end of 2018, SmartLynx Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium reached their most ambitious agreement to date.
Starting in 2019, for 3 summer seasons in a row, 4 SmartLynx aircraft will be flying under TUI flight numbers sharing best business practices together. Belgium is considered to be the base for the 2019 operations and the bases for the remaining contract term will be decided.
Gunther Hofman, MD TUI fly Benelux: “We are very happy with this long term relationship with Smartlynx. During the last few years of cooperation, Smartlynx has proved to be a reliable partner, very cooperative in finding solutions and definitely a highly valued partner for TUI fly.”
Thanks to forum member Boeing767copilot for providing the information. Forum discussion: https://www.aviation24.be/forums/viewtopic.php?p=377324#p377324