- First UK registered 737 MAX departed from Manchester Airport yesterday morning on its inaugural customer flight to Malaga
- Latest aircraft from Boeing joins the TUI Airways fleet as part of five-year renewal programme
TUI Airways welcomed the first 737-8 MAX aircraft into the fleet yesterday, with the new Boeing aircraft departing on its inaugural passenger flight to Malaga, Spain at 06:00 am (TOM2742).
A milestone occasion for the airline, TUI Airways is the first UK registered airline to take delivery of the new Boeing aircraft and marks the first of 32 MAX to join the UK fleet as part of the airline’s investment and commitment to remain the most carbon-efficient operator.
Operating on short and mid-haul routes, the new aircraft type is one of the most carbon-efficient, with a reduced carbon footprint omitting lower emissions, using 14% less fuel than the previous 737-NG model, offering a longer range and a reduction in noise pollution. It also boasts a modern Boeing interior including in-seat, chargeable USB ports and mood lighting, allowing customers to travel in comfort and style.
The rollout of these aircraft over the next five years means TUI will soon have one of the youngest, most modern and carbon-efficient fleets in the sky, operating simply two aircraft types, 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner – servicing some of the most exciting destinations in the world, such as Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast of Mexico from Manchester.
Manchester is TUI Airways’ second-largest hub, which is why the travel company is investing in the region through increased capacity, new routes, and basing new aircraft there such as the MAX allowing more choice and flexibility for holidaymakers in the North West.
John Murphy, Managing Director TUI Airways said, “Today we continue on our journey to be Europe’s most carbon-efficient airline as we welcome the first of these Boeing MAX aircraft into the TUI Airways fleet, joining our TUI Group colleagues who took delivery earlier this year.
“We have a strong history with Manchester, we launched the very first Dreamliner here back in 2013 so it made sense for us to make the North West a major hub for the new MAX and are proud to offer a diverse range of holidays destinations from the region.
“As a holiday airline, we believe the experience begins the moment you step on board, and by having one of the youngest, most modern fleets we hope to offer the very best service for our customers.”
The first MAX customers will also have the opportunity to be part of a personalised IFE system trial when the aircraft launch this winter. The new, onboard streaming service, called ‘Navigate’ will provide customers with the ease of using their own electronic device to enjoy the latest entertainment content of their choice. For the first time, customers will be able to browse and book excursions so they are ready to start their holiday the moment they land in their destination, essentially planning their holiday from the comfort of their seat.
3 December 2018