The TUI Group has switched an outstanding order for two 787-8 aircraft for the larger -9 model, alongside ordering a third -9.
The 787-9 is 6m longer than the -8 and can fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830km. The 787-9s will join the group’s fleet of 13 787-8 aircraft in the next three years.
The group has also announced that is rebranding its airlines – ArkeFly, Jetairfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly and TUIfly Nordic – under a single banner.
While the carriers are to retain their individual operating certificates, they will all operate under the TUI flag and they will have a single engineering and maintenance function.
The news was part of an update on the group’s strategy at an investor event in London yesterday (May 13).
It also published its H1 results for 2014/15, revealing that turnover was up 7.3 per cent year on year and that the group had narrowed its losses.
The group posted a pre-tax loss of €475.3m ($542.9m) for the six months to March 31, down from €490.6m ($560.4m) in the previous year.