Seattle - The German group TUI, which has ordered 70 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 10 for its various airlines in Europe, is taking delivery of the first aircraft today in Seattle.
The 737 MAX 8 will be operated by the Belgian subsidiary TUI fly Belgium and will land at Brussels-Zaventem airport tomorrow, on January 30, after a stopover in Reykjavik.
TUI continues to renew and modernize the fleet of its subsidiaries. The 70 737 MAX are intended to replace the aircraft that are currently in service. According to the planned schedule, all ordered aircraft will be delivered until 2023.
The group expects to receive nine 737 MAX 8 this year. The devices will be distributed among the TUI companies in Belgium, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The delivery of the first 737 MAX for the German subsidiary is scheduled for early 2019. The French subsidiary, Corsair International, operates only wide-body aircraft.
For its part, TUI fly Belgium will receive four 737 MAX 8 this year, in addition to a 787-8 Dreamliner. The company is preparing for strong development in Belgian market, with fifteen new lines already announced for 2018 from Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Antwerp and Ostend airports.
After delivery of the first aircraft to TUI fly Belgium (registered OO-MAX), the group will receive another 51 737 MAX 8 and 18 737 MAX 10. TUI was the first European operator to select the last and largest member of the MAX family since its launch at the Paris Air Show 2017.