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HANOVER: February 06, 2019. The travel and transport company TUI Group has signed a Total Cargo Management (TCM) contract with the global sales and service provider ECS Group to include TUI airline hubs in Florida, the Caribbean/Dominican Republic and Cancún, Mexico.

TUI B737 MAX“TUI has enormous potential in terms of airfreight and we’re honoured to be able to represent them when it comes to cargo,” said ECS Group CEO Adrien Thominet. “Just like us, TUI has a truly worldwide presence. Together, we have a unique, exceptional and complementary network. It’s a winning combination. And we fully intend to use all our expertise to give TUI the role it deserves in the airfreight industry – the role of a major and essential player.”

TUI AG entered the tourism market in 1997 with the acquisition of Hapag-Lloyd’s cruise business. Since then, further M&A activity has resulted in an integrated travel group employing 70,000 people operating six airlines, 1,600 travel agencies, 380 hotels, 16 cruise ships and producing revenue of €19.5 billion last year.

TUI Airways, TUI fly, TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Netherlands, TUI fly Nordic and Corsair operate 150 medium and long-haul aircraft, including a fleet of Boeing 787s, to more than 180 destinations worldwide.

ECS says it plans to develop TUI’s cargo identity via a newly-created team of TCM experts providing airline Interline solutions, dedicated business intelligence tools, customised communications - and management of all security, quality and safety aspects.

With 90 percent of the TUI network covered by ECS sales offices, the group intends to create a TCM network on behalf of TUI linking Europe, Central America and Latin America with Asia and North Africa while offering a wide range of quality services including TUI Pets, TUI Mail, TUI e-commerce, general cargo and perishables.