Cutting the cake for Arkefly’s arrival at Orlando Sanford were Steven van der Heijden, CEO TUI Netherlands/Arkefly, and Tim Donihi, Vice Chairman Sanford Airport Authority Board, while a SeaWorld mascot was on site to welcome the children. Passengers were served cookies and Florida orange juice. Posing in front of the aircraft were Angelique Nijmeijer, Manager Destination and Tour Support, TUI Netherlands; van der Heijden; Jantine Beil, Channel Management Third Parties Sales, TUI Netherlands; Tom Sutherland, Commercial Planning Manager, ArkeFly; and (kneeling) Gregory Dull, VP Marketing, Orlando Sanford International Airport.
- Arkefly, the Dutch airline in the TUI Travel group, launched a new route to Florida from Amsterdam (AMS) on 24 June. The airline now operates twice weekly to the Sunshine State with 283-seat 767-300ERs. On Mondays, flights operate first to Miami (MIA), continuing to Orlando Sanford (SFB), while the Friday flights are operated to the two Florida airports in the opposite order. While non-stop services between Amsterdam and Miami also are operated by KLM four times weekly, this is the first time the Dutch airport is connected with Orlando Sanford. Up until last year, however, now cargo-only carrier Martinair did serve Orlando International.