Arke’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner landed at the Dutch leisure carrier’s base at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on June 5.
The Boeing 787-8 departed Paine Field in Everett, Washingon on June 4 on its delivery flight to the Netherlands. Arke is part of TUI Travel PLC, the largest tourism group in the world.
“The 787 Dreamliner is an excellent fit for our Dutch operations and we are delighted to be the first carrier in the Netherlands to offer this product as part of our unique holiday experiences,” says Elie Bruyninckx, CEO of TUI Netherlands.
“Passengers traveling on Arke’s 787 will appreciate the airplane’s spacious interior, bigger windows and will arrive at their destination feeling refreshed, making it the perfect start to any holiday,” adds Bruyninckx.
Arke will use the Boeing 787-8 on its service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire, the main islands in the Netherlands Antilles group in the Southern Caribbean, near the coast of Venezuela.
The aircraft is the first of three Dreamliners to join the carrier’s all-Boeing fleet, which also includes five Boeing 737-800 single-aisle jets and four Boeing 767-300ER widebodies.
TUI Travel has ordered a total of 15 Boeing 787-8s, of which six have been delivered and are now in operation with three of the six airlines TUI operates.
The three TUI carriers which now have 787s are Thomson Airways of the UK, Jetairfly of Belgium and Arke of the Netherlands.