TUI Netherlands has said goodbye to its last Boeing 737 NG, the PH-TFA that was registered after the travel entrepreneur Ferdinand Fransen, who passed away last year. The holiday pilot has restored the type and replaced it with Boeing 737 MAX-8s.
With the departure of the PH-TFA, TUI is the first Dutch company to completely phase out the 737NG. The aircraft that last flew for TUI on October 31, will return to leasing company SMBC this week.
In a few years, Corendon will completely replace its fleet with MAX aircraft, KLM and Transavia will receive the first A320neo from 2023.
737 NG at TUI
The first 737-800 was delivered in 1998 to Hapag-Lloyd Flug, which was later taken over by the TUI group. The aircraft were mainly used by the tour operator on European flights, but also arrived in the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia, although a stopover was necessary on some of the long routes.
TUI Nederland has been working on renewing and simplifying its fleet for some time now. From 2022, there will be no Boeing 787s and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The Boeing 767s will also be gone. Other branches of the company often have a complex fleet. For example, TUI Belgium flies 787s, 767s, 737-700s, -800s and -MAX-8s and a few Embraer E190s. The aircraft of TUI Belgium can be seen at Schiphol with future.