Manchester - TUI Airways has received its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. The acquisition makes the British leisure operator the third airline within the TUI Group to fly with the Boeing's re-engineered single-aisle. TUI fly Belgium and TUI fly Nordic received several copies earlier.

The TUI Group ordered a total of 54 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 18 Boeing 737 MAX 10. The orders are distributed among the group airlines located in the countries where the travel group is active.

TUI Group (Tourism Union International) is a German travel and tourism company headquartered in Hannover, Germany. It is the largest company of its kind in the world. The Group has travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, and retail stores. It operates six airlines and nine tour operators based in Europe.

The new 737MAXs will gradually replace the Boeing 737-800s within the group fleets. The UK based group airline TUI Airways is currently operates 31 Boeing 737-800, 14 757-200, four 767-300ER, eight 787-8 and four 787-9 Dreamliner.

The first Boeing 737 MAX 8 of the airline is registered as G-TUMA and stationed in Manchester.