TUI Group

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TUI Group
Preussag AG (1923-2002)
Traded as FWBTUI1
FTSE 100 Component
Industry Hospitality, Tourism
Founded 1923; 95 years ago (1923)
Headquarters Hannover and Berlin , Germany
Area served
Key people
Friedrich Joussen
Products Charter and scheduled passenger airlines, package holidays, cruise lines, hotels and resorts
Services Travel agencies
Revenue €18.535 billion (2017)[1]
€1.079 million (2017)[1]
€910.9 million (2017)[1]
Number of employees
67,000 (2017)[2]

TUI Group (German: TUI (Tourism Union International) Aktiengesellschaft) is an Anglo-German travel and tourism company headquartered in Hannover, Germany.[3] It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world,[4] and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The group owns six European airlines - the largest holiday fleet in Europe - and nine tour operators based in Europe.

TUI is jointly listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange as a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.


Thomson travel agents in Wetherby, United Kingdom
The same branch now in TUI branding (2017)

The origins of the company lie in the industrial and transportation company, Preussag AG, which was originally formed as a German mining company. It was incorporated on 9 October 1923, as Preußische Bergwerks- und Hütten-Aktiengesellschaft (Prussian Mine and Foundry Company). In 1927 it was merged with the Ruhr coal company, Hibernia AG, and electricity utility to become the Vereinigte Elekrizitäts und Bergwerks AG (VEBA AG) (United Electrical and Mining Company).[5]

With the sale of Salzgitter AG and purchase of the navigation and logistics company Hapag-Lloyd AG in 1997, Preussag AG became a global enterprise in the service and leisure industry. At that time, Hapag-Lloyd held a 30% interest in the tourism conglomerate TUI (founded 1968), increased to 100% by 1999.[6] In addition the company acquired 25% of Thomas Cook shares in 1997, which it doubled the following year. On 2 February 1999, the Carlson Leisure Group merged with Thomas Cook into a holding company owned by the German bank, Westdeutsche Landesbank, Carlson Inc and Preussag.[7] However, in mid-2000 Preussag acquired Thomas Cook's rival Thomson Travel and was forced to sell its majority 50.1% stake in Thomas Cook by regulatory authorities.[8] In 2002, Preussag renamed itself TUI AG.

Its logistics activities, concentrated in the shipping sector, were kept separate and bundled within Hapag-Lloyd AG. A majority stake in Hapag-Lloyd was sold to the Albert Ballin consortium of investors in March 2009[9] and a further stake was sold to Ballin in February 2012, as TUI worked to exit from the shipping business and to optimize its tourism business with expansion in Russia, China and India.[10]

TUI announced a merger of its travel division with the British tour operator First Choice in March 2007,[11] which was approved by the European Commission on 4 June 2007, on the condition that the merged company sell Budget Travel in Ireland.[12] TUI held a 55% stake in the new company, TUI Travel PLC, which began operations in September 2007.[13]

In June 2014 the company announced it would fully merge with TUI Travel to create a united group with a value of $US9.7 billion.[14] The merger was completed on 17 December 2014 and the combined business began trading on the Frankfurt and London stock exchanges.[15]


The TUI 'smile' logo
TUI head office in Hannover

The new TUI Group has:[16]

  • Some 67,000 employees
  • 1,800 travel agencies
  • 6 airlines with 130 aircraft
  • 300 hotels and resorts

Tour operators[edit]


TUI Group owns six European airlines, inherited from TUI Travel, making it the largest tourism group in Europe. The group airlines operate both scheduled and charter flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide departing from more than 60 airports in 9 European countries. With a Fleet of 137 In May 2015, the TUI Group announced to rebrand its existing five airline brands under one airline banner in the course of the coming years, to be titled ‘TUI’. Arkefly (now TUI fly Netherlands), Jetairfly (now TUI fly Belgium), Thomson Airways (now TUI Airways), TUIfly (now TUI fly Deutschland) and TUIfly Nordic (now TUI fly Nordic) will maintain the separate air operator's certificates (AOCs), but will operate under "one central organisation" with "one engineering & maintenance function." [17]


Airline Country Image Description
Corsair International France France F-HCAT A330 Corse Air new cs (8009757005).jpg Corsair International flies to 15 destinations in French overseas territories around the Mediterranean, Thailand, Africa, and North America. It is the only TUI Group airline not wearing the TUI livery. It was formerly known as Corsairfly, and rebranded to Corsair International in early 2012. The airline has been excluded from the TUI rebrand project.[18]
TUI Airways United Kingdom United Kingdom TUI 757.jpg TUI Airways is the largest of the TUI airlines and the largest charter airline in the world. It has 64 aircraft and flies from 26 British airports to 109 destinations worldwide. It was formed by the merger of Thomsonfly (formerly Britannia Airways) and First Choice Airways. The airline was the last TUI airline to be rebranded.
TUI fly Belgium Belgium Belgium Jetairfly - OO-JEB "Navigator".png TUI fly Belgium has operated since March 2004 to more than 105 destinations around Europe, the Red Sea, Caribbean, Canary Islands, US and Africa. Since 2012 it has operated scheduled flights as well as charter services. It was formerly known as Jetairfly, rebranded to TUI fly Belgium in late 2016.
TUI fly Deutschland Germany Germany TUIfly 738 D-ATUM 170414.JPG TUI fly Deutschland has operated since 1972, under the name Hapag-Lloyd Flug, and rebranded to TUIfly in 2007. It has yet again rebranded as TUI fly Deutschland. It has 40 aircraft, flying to 39 destinations.
TUI fly Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands PH-TFL (24746044299).jpg Since 2005, TUI fly Netherlands has operated charter flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to destinations in Southern Europe, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. It was formerly known as Arkefly, rebranded to Arke in 2013, and rebranded again to its current name in 2015.
TUI fly Nordic Sweden Sweden Boeing 737-8K5(w) ‘SE-RFY’ TUIfly Nordic (24754022171).jpg TUI fly Nordic flies from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. They fly holidaymakers travelling with the following tour operators; TUI Sverige (Sweden), TUI Finland (Finland), TUI Norge (Norway) and TUI Danmark (Denmark). There was a slight name change, from TUIfly Nordic to TUI fly Nordic.

TUI Group fleet[edit]

The TUI Group fleet includes the following aircraft, as of July 2018:[19][20][21]

TUI Group fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P E Total
Airbus A330-200 2 26 278 304
Airbus A330-300 2 26 334 360
Boeing 737-700 8 148 148 To be retired in 2019.[22]
Boeing 737-800 93 189 189
Boeing 737 MAX 8 5 47[23] 189 189
Boeing 737 MAX 10 18[24] TBA
Boeing 747-400 3 36 497 533
Boeing 757-200 14 221 221 Retirement to begin in 2020.[22]
223 223
Boeing 767-300ER 6 31 248 279 Retirement to begin in 2020.[22]
328 328
Boeing 787-8 13[25] 47 244 291
47 253 300
18 291 309
Boeing 787-9 4 2[26] 63 282 345 Deliveries complete by June 2020[26]
Embraer 190 4 112 112
Total 154 67


TUI's hotel brands include:

  • Blue - Premium resorts with a focus on local culture
  • Family Life - Resorts with a focus on children's activities and entertainment
  • Magic Life - All Inclusive resorts offering 24-hour facilities
  • Sensatori - luxury (5-Star), all-inclusive resorts
  • Sensimar - hotels with up to 250 rooms, aimed at adult and couple travellers and not families[27]

Cruise lines[edit]


TUI sponsored Bundesliga club Hannover 96. The airline branch TUIfly's main hub is at Hannover-Langenhagen Airport and it had sponsored the football team since the 2002-2003 season. On 31 March 2011, TUI announced Hannover 96 would be playing "with a smile on their chest" for another 3 years, as it extended the sponsorship contract. The current sponsor contract ran out, but it made TUI the longest running association with any of the 18 Bundesliga teams, with 12 years as the sponsor. As part of the sponsorship TUI was the shirt sponsor, as well as having had advertisements on the perimeter fencing of the AWD-Arena, Hannover's home stadium. There was also advertising in the stadium, on the billboards by the pitch and banners around the stadium, and TUI will also remain the sponsor of the Hannover 96 Soccer School.[28]


A 2018 study in the UK found that Tui had the largest gender pay gap reported to date by a major UK company, with its male employees paid more than twice what female employees are paid.[29] And in August 2018, some air passengers questioned the distribution of gendered stickers to children on a flight: "future pilot" for boys, "future cabin crew" for girls.[30]


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