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sprite86
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TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:02 pm

Noticed that both G-TUIM and N are both doing routes not associated with there normal travel programme

G-TUIN - Stuttgart to Detroit
G-TUIM - Frankfurt to Greenville-Spartanburg

Is this cargo work or some other charter work ?
 
mxaxai
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:51 pm

It's cargo.

The origins and destinations would suggest that this is related to the automotive industry but I can't know for sure (STR is Daimler HQ, GSP has BMW plant).
 
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Vasu
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:20 am

I noticed these flights too and got very confused!
 
TC957
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:01 am

TUIM was recently noted operating a couple of FRA - ICN flights.
 
FCAA321
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:28 am

It is indeed Cargo flights. Also operating were deportee flights on the B767 in the last couple of weeks. Normal passenger flights resume this week in addition.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:10 pm

The Detroit spotters page on FB shows that TUI has been a pretty regular visitor to DTW recently.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:52 am

They were in ATL last week.
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Armodeen
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Wed Dec 02, 2020 1:03 pm

Yeah cargo. Also done other ad hoc work such as UN flights into BEY etc.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:33 pm

G-TUIM is flying AMS-DFW today. Anyone know what they could be carrying or if they’re planning additional flights to DFW in the future?
 
mxaxai
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:07 am

Confirmation by TUI in German media:
In Stuttgart several "Dreamliners" from tour operator TUI are starting these days. However, the aircraft do not fly tourists to the Caribbean, but operate cargo flights. A Tuifly spokesman confirmed this at the request of airliners.de and stated that TUI has been operating cargo flights "for a few weeks".

Tuifly does not coordinate the cargo flights itself, but through a broker. The freight business is extremely short-term, the spokesman continued. TUI has made flights to America, Mexico and Argentina in the past. In addition to Stuttgart, the largest Dreamliners in the fleet also departed from Frankfurt. They also fly from other European countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands.

The group is currently using two Boeing 787-9s for its cargo business. However, the machines are not structurally changed for this. Only the belly freight capacities would be used. These were sufficient as no passenger suitcases would take up space.

https://www.airliners.de/frachtfluege-d ... lfen/58665 [German]

It is not true that they're only using 2 Boeing 787-9. Probably an error by the PR department. Over the past few weeks they've used (at least):

OO-JDL 787-8
OO-LOE 787-8
G-TUIC 787-8
G-TUID 787-8

G-TUIF 787-9
G-TUIJ 787-9
G-TUIK 787-9
G-TUIM 787-9
G-TUIN 787-9
G-TUIO 787-9

I assume that not changing the configuration allows TUI to swap the aircraft dynamically between cargo and pax flights; at least that's what the record on FR24 suggests.

Ishrion wrote:
AMS-DFW

Armodeen wrote:
UN flights into BEY

LN-MOW wrote:
ATL

TC957 wrote:
FRA - ICN

sprite86 wrote:
Stuttgart to Detroit
Frankfurt to Greenville-Spartanburg

An additional destination the past few days has been GDL. I don't know what place in Argentina is served, as noted in the article.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:46 pm

G-TUIF is a -8, not -9.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:16 am

HSV is a new one that is starting up tomorrow from Brussels. Not sure what it's for, probably either for Panalpina/DSV, automobile parts cargo, or NASA.https://flightaware.com/live/flight/JAF ... /EBBR/KHSV. It'll either be on OO-LOE or OO-JDL, as those are the two for TUI Belgium and it has a TUI Belgium callsign.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:31 pm

This is interesting. I noticed they had two planes parked at the hanger today which is the most I've seen here at DTW at one time. Turns out they flew in from LGW and MHT.

I have my own theory to explain this phenomenon though I do NOT have confirmation of the exact reason why they started flying here...wblackburn

Covid vaccines from Phizer.

I've heard they're making the vaccines here in Michigan on the west side of the state (Kalamazoo or Battle Creek). While the biggest airport on that side of the state is most likely Grand Rapids, I don't think that airport has a long enough runway, the ability to handle overseas cargo flights, or the refrigeration capacity to keep the vaccines at such low temperatures. I'd assume that DTW has the ability to handle the daunting task of storing and shipping vaccines.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:57 pm

G-TUIO is on it's way back from DTW to LGW now, due in after midnight.
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:06 pm

TUI Netherlands is also running near daily B788 Cargo services routing AMS-STR-DTW-AMS:

- 16 Jan 2021 Stuttgart (STR) - Detroit (DTW) X37891 B788 PH-TFK
- 14 Jan 2021 Stuttgart (STR) - Detroit (DTW) X37891 B788 PH-TFK
- 13 Jan 2021 Stuttgart (STR) - Detroit (DTW) OR7831 B788 PH-TFL
- 12 Jan 2021 Stuttgart (STR) - Detroit (DTW) OR7891 B788 PH-TFK
- 10 Jan 2021 Stuttgart (STR) - Detroit (DTW) OR7891 B788 PH-TFK

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/ph-tfk
 
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Re: TUI - are they doing cargo work ?

Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:25 pm

OO-JDL has arrived in Bucharest (OTP) on Sunday morning, cargo flight from Seoul (ICN), then departed to Brussels.

Photos + video: https://twitter.com/AeronewsGlobal/stat ... 6433528838

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