TUI Kicks off Summer Season in Cyprus, Names New 737-8 MAX ‘Larnaca’
TUI kicked off the summer season in Cyprus on Sunday with the arrival of Flight X3 4564, a new Boeing 737-8 MAX, greeted by a traditional water cannon salute. The aircraft was also officially named ‘Larnaca’ in honor of TUI’s most important region in Cyprus.
On Sunday (April 10, 2022), TUI celebrated the arrival of their new Boeing 737-8 MAX in Cyprus, marking the start of the summer 2022 season. The aircraft has officially been named ‘Larnaca’ honoring the most important holiday destination in Cyprus for TUI travelers. Upon arrival in Cyprus, flight number X3 4564 was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, after which the aircraft was officially named ‘Larnaca’ by the Cyprus’ President of the House of Representatives, Annita Demetriou. The ceremony was attended by around 50 guests, including the Minister of Transport of Cyprus, Yiannis Karousos, and the Deputy Mayor of the City of Larnaca, Lasonas Lasonides.
At Sunday’s ceremony, TUI Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Fritz Joussen, said,
“The Boeing 737-8 Larnaca is an ambassador for Cyprus and TUI throughout Europe. People want to travel after two years of pandemic, they are sitting on packed suitcases for spring and summer. Tourism will have a very good holiday summer in 2022. The countries of Southern Europe, which were hit particularly hard by travel restrictions during the pandemic, will benefit from this. Things are looking up for hotels, for family businesses and for the many local partners who work with us to make guests' holidays successful. TUI is the strategic partner for the holiday countries in Southern Europe – including Cyprus, where we have been at home for decades – with our successful joint venture and our own hotel brands Atlantica, Robinson, TUI Blue and our cruise ships from TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd and Marella.
“TUI has always set standards and will continue to do so in the future, in the development of holiday destinations, in quality, service and more sustainability. This also applies to our aircraft: Larnaca is one of the most modern and CO2-efficient aircraft. Investments in modern aircraft have been an essential part of TUI's sustainability agenda for years. In 2022, we want to bring more guests to the island, especially from the UK and Germany, than in previous years and thus make a significant contribution to the success of tourism in Cyprus. We welcome our flying ambassador Larnaca to the TUI family.”
TUI Boeing 737-8 'Larnaca' Tail Number D-AMAA Arrives in Cyprus for Naming Ceremony
TUI is the market leader in Cyprus and offers tours to the island from 11 European markets, serving around 500,000 guests annually. The Group operates 19 proprietary brand hotels in Cyprus, including 14 in Larnaca and five in Paphos. In Total, TUI offers over 330 hotels in Cyprus and maintains close relationships with local hoteliers. From April 2022, TUI fly direct flights will once again takeoff from Hanover, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt to Larnaca. Combined, all TUI Group airlines will offer over 3,300 flights to and from Cyprus in summer 2022. Additionally, TUI offers flights with partner airlines from Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich and Berlin.
Hannover, Germany-based TUI Group is a leading global tourism company, which serves the entire tourism value chain under one roof. The company’s hotel portfolio includes over 400 hotels and resorts with premium brands such as RIU, TUI Blue and Robinson. The Group also operates 16 cruise ships from the MS Europa and the MS Europa 2 in the luxury class, to the Mein Schiff fleet of TUI cruises and Marella Cruses in Great Britain.