TUI fly Deutschland
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded3 April 2007; 17 years ago (2007-04-03)
Operating bases
Fleet size23
Parent companyTUI Group
HeadquartersLangenhagen, Germany
Key peopleOliver Lackmann, CEO

TUI fly Deutschland,[1] formerly TUIfly, is a German leisure airline owned by the travel and tourism company TUI Group. It is headquartered at Hannover Airport[2] with bases at several other German airports. TUI fly Deutschland is part of TUI Group's airline unit.


TUI fly Deutschland head office in Hannover
A former TUIfly Deutschland Boeing 737-300 in 2009, promoting the city of Leipzig.
TUI fly Deutschland Boeing 737-800 in its current livery.


The airline was formed in 2007 by the merger of Hapag Lloyd Flug and Hapag Lloyd Express as a branch of TUI Travel. The airline codes of its predecessor are still in use, and the callsign YELLOWCAB was used until it was changed to TUIJET on 24 September 2010.[citation needed]

In the second quarter of 2007, the load factor was at about 79%, compared to about 92% the year before. The company closed its Leipzig/Halle and Bremen bases. On 29 January 2008, plans were announced to merge TUIfly with Eurowings and Germanwings (Lufthansa low-cost subsidiaries) to form a joint and independent holding company, but the talks were ultimately unsuccessful.[3]

TUI Travel confirmed on 27 March 2009 that it had signed a strategic partnership with Air Berlin that would see TUI Travel take a 20% stake in Air Berlin, and Air Berlin 20% in TUI fly Germany. Due to regulatory concerns, this was changed to 9.9%.[4] Air Berlin was also to wet-lease 17 aircraft from TUI fly and take over all of TUI fly Germany's city connections. TUI was to focus on serving the charter market with 21 aircraft.[5] From 25 October 2009 onwards, all German domestic flights previously operated by TUI fly Germany were operated by Air Berlin, as well as all flights to Austria, Italy and Croatia.[6] Most of these flights were still operated by TUI fly Germany aircraft, but were marketed by Air Berlin.

Development since 2013

In December 2013, TUI fly Deutschland abandoned its distinctive yellow livery and replaced it with a blue design which had already been introduced at TUI fly Netherlands, TUI fly Belgium and TUI Airways. The first plane in the new colors arrived in Hannover on 17 February 2014.[7] The livery was updated in 2016, with titles shortened from "TUIfly" to "TUI".[8][9]

In September 2014, TUI fly Deutschland decided to relocate their operations at Zweibrücken Airport to nearby Saarbrücken Airport as Zweibrücken Airport faced bankruptcy and an uncertain future.[10] In January 2016, TUI fly Deutschland also announced it would leave Hamburg Airport entirely due to the increasing competition from low-cost carriers. The summer seasonal routes did not resume, and all remaining routes ended by March 2016.[11]

In September 2016 plans were announced to merge TUI fly Deutschland with [[Air Berlin]|Air Berlin's]] leisure operations - which were partially operated by TUI fly Germany - as well as Air Berlin's entire Austrian subsidiary Niki.[12] On 5 October 2016, TUI fly Deutschland confirmed it was in talks with Air Berlin and Etihad Airways to create a new holding company for leisure operations. The new company was planned to serve important holiday destinations from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.[13] In June 2017 TUI Group and Etihad Aviation Group announced that joint venture negotiations had ended.[14]

In July 2018, the airline announced it would close its base at Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport by October 2018.[15]

TUI Group has 70 737 MAXs on order.[16] The order consists of 18 MAX 10 aircraft,[17] with the remaining variants unspecified as of June 2017.[17][16] In January 2019, it was announced that TUI fly Deutschland would receive 25 of these 737 MAX by 2023.[18]

After the demise of Germania in early 2019, TUI fly Deutschland announced it would base aircraft at Nuremberg Airport to fly to several leisure destinations.[19] In November 2019, it was announced that the airline planned to operate its long-haul flights to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico, similar to its sister airlines. Initially, the airline was to have taken on two Boeing 787s to operate these flights with plans to increase the number in the future. The flights were originally planned to begin in the Winter 2020/21 season, with scheduled and charter services to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, and Barbados.[20] The plans were shelved for the foreseeable future in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.[21]

In October 2020, TUI fly Deutschland retired their last of their 20 Boeing 737-700s.[22] Several of them had been operated on a long-term wetlease basis on behalf of now defunct Air Berlin. In December 2020, the airline announced a major downsizing in operations with a reduction from over 30 to 17 aircraft while also terminating all services from Cologne/Bonn, Basel/Mulhouse, Paderborn/Lippstadt and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.[23]


TUI fly Deutschland offers both charter and scheduled flights with about 60% of all seats sold directly, 30% as a part of a TUI holiday package, and 10% by other agencies. TUI fly Deutschland itself offers drinks, snacks, and meals on flights to and from Cape Verde, Egypt, Greece, Israel, southern Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain including the Canary Islands, and Tunisia. Hot meals are served on the longest flights, including those to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt, and Madeira.[24]


TUI fly Deutschland operates from several German airports to leisure destinations mainly around the Mediterranean, such as Spain and Greece. The airline does not operate long-haul flights contrary with the other TUI Airlines. As of April 2024, TUI fly serves the following destinations:[25]

Country City Airport
Cape Verde Boa Vista Aristides Pereira International Airport
Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport
Egypt Hurghada Hurghada International Airport
Luxor Luxor International Airport
Marsa Alam Marsa Alam International Airport
Germany Düsseldorf Düsseldorf Airport
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Hannover Hannover Airport
Munich Munich Airport
Stuttgart Stuttgart Airport
Greece Heraklion Heraklion International Airport
Spain Fuerteventura Fuerteventura Airport
Gran Canaria Gran Canaria Airport
Jerez Jerez Airport
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
Tenerife Tenerife South Airport


Current fleet

As of January 2024, the TUI fly Deutschland fleet consists of the following aircraft:[26]

Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 16 186
Boeing 737 MAX 8 7 18[18] 189
Total 23 18

Former fleet

TUI fly Deutschland formerly operated the following aircraft:[26]

Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A319-100 1 2020 2020 leased from Sundair
Airbus A321-200 1 2019 2020 leased from Galistair Malta
Boeing 737-300 3 2007 2010 leased from Germania
Boeing 737-500 5 2007 2008
Boeing 737-700 21 2007 2020
Boeing 767-300ER 3 2015 2017 relocated to TUI Airways

See also


  1. ^ "STCC TRANSAVIA Archived April 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine." TUI fly. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Contact Archived April 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine." TUIfly. Retrieved on 12 May 2009. "Address: TUIfly Vermarktungs GmbH Karl-Wiechert-Allee 23 30625 Hannover Germany Address Airline TUIfly: TUIfly GmbH Flughafenstraße 10 30855 Langenhagen"
  3. ^ "Announcement of TUI AG". 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  4. ^ "Air Berlin information on taking over TUI fly Deutschland routes". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  5. ^ "Charter market". TUI Travel.[dead link]
  6. ^ "TUIfly information on flights taken over by Air Berlin". Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  7. ^ "TUIfly erhält erste Boeing 737 im neuen Design". Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-08-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-20. Retrieved 2016-08-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Germany's TUIfly to close Zweibrücken base in November". Retrieved 2016-11-05.
  11. ^ - TUIfly to end Hamburg operations over LCC threat 13 January 2016
  12. ^ - "TUI plans joint ops with Berlin's crisis airline"[permanent dead link] (German) 30 September 2016
  13. ^ - "Air Berlin in talks with TUIfly over merger of tourism branch" Archived October 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine (German) 5 October 2016
  14. ^ "TUI Group and Etihad Aviation Group will not continue their negotiations -". 9 June 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  15. ^ "TUI fly to terminate Karlsruhe presence in mid-4Q18".
  16. ^ a b "Boeing 737 Orders & Deliveries". Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  17. ^ a b "PARIS: Leisure group TUI converts 18 orders to 737 Max 10". 19 June 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  18. ^ a b "25 Boeing 737 MAX planned for TUI fly". 14 January 2019.
  19. ^ - "Sundair and TUIfly help at Dresden and Nuremberg" 7 Februar 2019
  20. ^ "TUI Fly plans long haul from Germany". 22 November 2019.
  21. ^ (German) 28 May 2020
  22. ^ 26 October 2020
  23. ^ (German) 17 December 2020
  24. ^ "In the air Archived April 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine." TUIfly. Retrieved on 28 April 2009.
  25. ^ "TUI fly Flugplan". Retrieved 11 April 2024.
  26. ^ a b "TUIfly Fleet Details and History". 6 January 2024.

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