Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines Limited was a British charter and scheduled airline headquartered in Manchester, England. It was founded in 2007 from the merger of Thomas Cook Group and MyTravel Group, and was part of the Thomas Cook Group Airlines. It served leisure destinations worldwide from its main bases at Manchester Airport and Gatwick Airport on a scheduled and charter basis. It also operated services from eight other bases around the United Kingdom. Thomas Cook Group plc and all UK entities including Thomas Cook Airlines entered compulsory liquidation on 23 September 2019.
(as Trans-European Airways)
|Ceased operations||23 September 2019|
|Fleet size||34 (at collapse)|
|Parent company||Thomas Cook Group Airlines|
Thomas Cook Group
In 2013, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor merged into a single operating segment of the Thomas Cook Group, named the Thomas Cook Group Airlines. Thomas Cook Airlines carried around 6.4 million passengers during 2015, a six percent increase compared with 2014.
JMC Airlines was launched on 1 September 1999 but did not start operations until 27 March 2000. The airline was created through the merger of Flying Colours Airlines and Caledonian Airways. On the 31st March 2003 Thomas Cook rebranded the airline along with its other airlines as Thomas Cook.
The airline fell into liquidation in the early hours of 23 September 2019. Airlines around the world took part in ferrying stranded passengers back to the UK, using their aircraft. The repatriation effort covered 165,000 passengers, the largest in UK history, and 65,000 more passengers than the collapse of Monarch Airlines in 2017. The last flight to depart was MT2643, Registration G-MLJL from Orlando to Manchester. The airline's AOC was revoked on 7 November 2019.
Thomas Cook Airlines was part of the airline division of the Thomas Cook Group, which consisted of three more sister airlines, all of which had a joint fleet management: Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, German-based Condor and Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics. The airline held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.
|Year||Total passengers||Total flights||Load factor||Passenger change YoY|
|* Data for 2005 to 2007 includes MyTravel Airways|
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority 
Final active fleet (in September 2019)Edit
At the time of closure, the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A321-200||27||—||—||220||220||One in Cook's Club livery|
|2018||2018||Transferred from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and handed to Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics.|
|Boeing 757-200||2003||2016||Replaced by Airbus A321-200.|
|Boeing 757-300||2003||2019||Replaced by Airbus A321-200 and transferred to Condor.|
|Boeing 767-300ER||2007||2018||Withdrawn from use and converted to freighters for Atlas Air.|
The airline has used a number of callsigns:
|Thomas Cook Airlines callsigns|
|KESTRAL||1990-2002 - Airtours International Limited|
|KESTREL||2002-2007 - MyTravel Airways Limited|
|GLOBE||2003-2005 - Thomas Cook Airlines UK Limited|
|TOPJET||2005-2007 - Thomas Cook Airlines UK Limited|
|KESTREL||2007-2018 - Thomas Cook Airlines Limited|
|THOMAS COOK||2018-2019 - Thomas Cook Airlines Limited - before insolvency|
Thomas Cook offered 'Premium Class' on most long-haul flights onboard their Airbus A330 aircraft. The cabin offered extra legroom, wider seats with more recline, personal entertainment, complimentary hot meal and drinks.
Thomas Cook's long-haul 'Economy Class' was offered on all Airbus A330 aircraft. It offered a standard seat-pitch of 31-inch. Seat-back entertainment, complimentary hot meal. Drinks and additional snacks were available to purchase.
Short and medium haulEdit
Thomas Cook's short and medium-haul economy cabin on their fleet of A321 aircraft offered a standard seat-pitch of between 28-30-inch at 6-abreast. Drinks and Snacks were available to purchase onboard or to pre-order. Inflight entertainment was available via overhead screens and radio channels.
An upgraded economy class package was available on short and medium-haul flights called Economy PLUS. This package featured standard economy seats towards the front of the aircraft. Plus complimentary hot meal, drinks, earphones as well as additional baggage allowance and ground services.
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