In 1944 Ferdinand Fransen started as the youngest employee at the then Arke en Ten Barge, a bus company named after the owners. In 1957 he acquired shares together with his partner and best friend Henny Agterhuis and in 1967 they took over Arke together. At the end of the sixties, the Ferdinand were among the first to have the vision that air travel was the future of the travel industry and he took the risk to offer air travel. That was a good decision and the company grew rapidly. In the early 80's, crisis, Arke had a hard time and the Ferdinand were forced to lay off a number of people. People like him, he had a lot of trouble with that. However, it did lead to Arke growing into a large travel company with holiday trips, travel agencies, business trips, inbound tourism and the coach company.
Ferdinand had three daughters, Monique, Ellen and Barbara. All three of them worked in the company Arke and contributed to its success. However, none of the daughters had the intention to take over the company completely and so in 1989 and 1995 the company was sold in 2 tranches to the German TUI. In 2015, the brand name Arke disappeared and all products were given the name TUI.