TUI Travel PLC has completed an order for two more Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
The deal, which Boeing values at $424 million at current list prices, extends TUI Travel’s Boeing 787 commitment to 15 aircraft. The purchase was originally attributed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website to an unidentified customer.
Boeing identified TUI Travel PLC as the customer for the two aircraft during the Dubai Airshow 2013.
TUI Travel took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in May and now has four aircraft in service, all with British subsidiary carrier Thomson Airways.
“We have developed our strategy by putting the customer at the center of everything we do,” said Peter Long, TUI Travel’s chief executive. “The 787 Dreamliner is another example where we have led the way by enhancing the customer experience and improving environmental efficiencies, both of which differentiate us from other tour operators. The feedback we receive from those who fly on these aircraft is exceptional.”
TUI Travel placed its first order for Boeing 787s in February 2005. Currently, the group’s UK-based subsidiary Thomson Airways is using Boeing 787-8s on long-haul routes from the UK to areas such as Thailand, Caribbean and the Maldives.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner can carry 210-250 passengers on routes of 7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometers). The 787 cruises at a similar speed to today’s fastest twin-aisle aircraft, Mach 0.85.
TUI Travel PLC is the UK tour-operator subsidiary of TUI AG. Headquartered in Germany, TUI AG is a pan-European tourism company which owns airlines in seven European countries.