- Özgür Töre
On 6 February, TUI fly will release its new long-haul destinations from Dusseldorf for bookings.
The first new service will be flight X3 3036 to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic on 4 November 2020. The port town will be served once a week. In addition, the two Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets will fly to Cancun/Mexico twice a week and to Punta Cana/Dominican Republic three times a week. TUI fly will thus offer a total of 100,000 seats on routes to the Caribbean and back. Moreover, the carrier is currently engaged in negotiations with cruise lines regarding feeder flights to the Caribbean.
“By launching long-haul flights, we are opening up new horizons at TUI fly. Our passengers will benefit from a completely redeveloped in-flight product that can be optimally adjusted to their individual needs and preferences. In combination with our modern Boeing 787 jets, which do not only offer excellent passenger comfort and convenience but are also highly carbon-efficient, we are creating a completely new travel experience in the leisure long-haul segment,” says Oliver Lackmann, Managing Director TUIfly GmbH.
The two Boeing 787-8 jets, which the popular holiday carrier will station in Dusseldorf in the Winter season, offer 300 seats in a two-class configuration. They include 253 Economy Class seats, where passengers can enjoy two hot meals and non-alcoholic beverages, depending on their fare. Moreover, each seat offers a comprehensive in-flight entertainment programme with more than 200 hours of videos, series and music. The offer will also include a Premium Economy Class with 47 seats, featuring higher-quality menu options, a comprehensive range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and other amenities. Overall, TUI fly’s new long-haul product stands out from those offered by German leisure airlines, as its Economy Class also offers nine XL seats and 84 comfort seats, so that one in two seats on board provide additional legroom.
“The Caribbean is among German TUI customers’ favourite long-haul destinations. That is why it is only consistent for TUI fly to enter the long-haul business so as to be able to offer our guests a reliable and convenient travel experience in the proven TUI quality from the very beginning in that segment, too. Thanks to our extensive portfolio of adults-only hotels, family hotels and round trips with our new TUI Tours brand, our products will match the preferences of each individual traveller,” says Marek Andryszak, CEO at TUI Deutschland GmbH.
In the Dominican Republic alone, TUI Germany’s portfolio includes more than 80 hotels and a round trip. The bestseller of the popular hotel brand RIU is the family hotel RIU Bambu. One week including flight in November is available from 1,526 euros per person. For couples, the TUI Blue El Dorado Seaside Suites hotel in Mexico is particularly recommendable. The modern five-star hotel targets an international audience with an affinity for lifestyle, features high-quality gourmet cuisine and offers the perfect balance between a sports programme and feel-good wellness. One week in the adults-only hotel in December can be booked from 1,797 euros in all TUI travel agencies or at tui.com. One week (including flight) in the RIU Palace Costa Mujeres hotel in December is available from 1,789 euros per person. The hotel is situated right on the white sandy beach north of Cancun and offers 24-hour all-inclusive service.