Tui mulls new destinations as Dreamliner debuts

Tui Travel’s new livery for its airline fleet will be officially unveiled today (Tuesday) at a UK preview event for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The new generation twin-jet Dreamliner will fly into Manchester airport on Tuesday 24th April as part of its global ‘Dream Tour’ showcasing the new aircraft.

Thomson Airways will be the first UK customer to take delivery of the Dreamliner next year as part of an order for 13 aircraft.

The operator said the new long-haul jet will enable it to consider opening up new destinations; specifically South Africa and countries in the Far East such as Vietnam.

Dreamliners will also fly for group airlines TUIfly Nordic, Arkefly and Jetairfly. Thomson Airways will reveal the new livery, a distinctive wave design that will be used for all the group’s airlines.

The change will be accompanied by new uniforms for cabin crew and the new livery will also be reflected in destination.

Retaining light blue, the new livery introduces a dark blue shade known as ‘Dynamic Waves’. Also retained is the iconic ‘Tui Smile’ which will appear on all aircraft tailfins.

This will be introduced as new aircraft are delivered and when aircraft are due to have their livery updated.

Tui Travel chief marketing officer Michael Lambertz said: “The launch of our new airline livery today is incredibly exciting and follows many months of research with designers, customers and colleagues.

“It is particularly gratifying to launch our new livery whilst showcasing the Dreamliner which will come into service for Thomson Airways next year.

“I believe we have created a livery that complements both the futuristic design of this aircraft and the other aircraft currently in our fleets.”

Chief executive Peter Long said: “I’m very pleased to be announcing our new livery and in the same week when we are able to preview the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, of which we are the first UK customer to take delivery.

“Both our new livery design and the new 787 aircraft reinforce our commitment to modern mainstream and this is a really exciting step for us.

“Our new ‘Dynamic Wave’ and uniform designs will enhance our group-wide brand recognition by establishing one distinctive ‘look’ across these airlines and I look forward to seeing it in place.”

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