Belfast Telegraph

Tui tourism giant orders Boeing planes in £1.1bn deal at Farnborough air show

The world's largest tourism group, Tui, finalised an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and one 787-9 Dreamliner at Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday.

The deal was valued at 1.4 billion US dollars (£1.1 billion).

Tui Group, which owns the Thomson and First Choice brands, now has three unfilled orders for 787-9s and 70 for the 737 MAX.

David Burling, member of the executive board and responsible for Tui Group airlines, said: " We are committed to investing in our aircraft fleet in order to keep improving our customers' experience and to grow ahead of the market.

"This includes the expansion of our long-haul holiday programme and providing more choice of flight times and durations to new destinations."

The order, finalised at the air show in Hampshire, includes an option for one additional 787-9.

US plane maker Boeing says its new 737 MAX aircraft will use 20% less fuel than some 737s and have the lowest operating cost in its class.

Tui is aiming to operate Europe's most carbon efficient airlines by 2020.

Mr Burling said: "With the 737 MAX, we will be able carry our short-haul customers further, in greater comfort, more efficiently and with an even lower environmental impact.

"The 737 MAX will contribute significantly towards fulfilling our commitment to further reducing the carbon intensity of our operations."

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Ray Conner commented: " The addition of 787-9s to its fleet will provide Tui Group with greater flexibility across its route network, while the 737 MAX will ensure it remains at the forefront of the European leisure market."