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Thomas Cook Airlines Limited is a British charter and scheduled airline headquartered in Manchester, England. It serves leisure destinations worldwide from its main bases at Manchester Airport and Gatwick Airport on a scheduled and charter basis. It also operates services from eight other bases around the United Kingdom.

Thomas Cook Airlines UK
Thomas Cook Airlines Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded31 March 2003
AOC #549
Operating bases
Fleet size42
Company sloganDon’t just book it, Thomas Cook it.
Parent companyThomas Cook Group
HeadquartersManchester, England
Key peopleChristoph Debus, MD



In 1999, JMC Airlines which was launched on 1 September and started operations on 27 March 2000, through the merger of Flying Colours Airlines and Caledonian Airways. On 31 March 2003 Thomas Cook rebranded the airline along with its other airlines as Thomas Cook Airlines.[1]

Following the merger between Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group PLC to form Thomas Cook Group plc in June 2007, Thomas Cook Airlines was formed on 30 March 2008 by the merger of Thomas Cook Airlines and MyTravel Airways.[citation needed] The airline commenced operations in time for the summer 2008 season, with a fleet of Airbus A320, A321 and A330 aircraft along with meanwhile phased-out Boeing 757-200, -300 and 767-300ER aircraft.[citation needed]

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.[2][3] Thomas Cook Airlines carried around 6.4 million passengers during 2015, a six percent increase compared with 2014.[4]

In October 2017, it was announced that the airline would open bases at Leeds Bradford Airport and London Luton Airport to fill the gap left by Monarch Airlines which had ceased operations, these plans were then cancelled.[5]

Corporate affairsEdit


A former Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A320 in its former colours

Thomas Cook Airlines is part of the airline division of the Thomas Cook Group, which consists of three more sister airlines, all of which have a joint fleet management: Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, German based Condor and Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics. The airline holds 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.[6] It was formed by the rebranding of JMC Air in 2003. Following the merger of the MyTravel Group plc with Thomas Cook AG in 2008, Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd was merged with MyTravel Airways Limited.[citation needed]

Business figuresEdit

Year Total passengers Total flights Load factor Passenger change YoY
2005* 9,320,817 47,287 89.9%
2006* 8,441,276 42,182 89.0%  009.4%
2007* 8,528,655 43,013 87.9%  001.0%
2008 8,315,327 42,410 90.0%  002.5%
2009 8,202,534 38,849 92.0%  001.4%
2010 8,120,815 37,571 93.1%  001.0%
2011 7,969,693 36,103 93.3%  001.9%
2012 6,783,661 32,109 94.1%  014.9%
2013 6,084,315 28,438 93.1%  010.3%
2014 6,043,480 28,858 91.4%  000.7%
2015 6,395,623 30,601 91.8%  005.8%
2016 6,623,564 32,208 89.8%  003.6%
2017 7,319,546 35,553 90.2%
* Data for 2005 to 2007 includes MyTravel Airways
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [4]

Cabin servicesEdit

The cabin on short and medium-haul flights consists of Economy and Economy Plus classes with the main difference being meals, snacks and drinks as well as entertainment have to be purchased in the 'standard' Economy class, while the 'plus' offer includes them.[7] On long-haul flights there are three classes, Economy Light, Economy Class and Premium Economy, the latter featuring different seats and upgraded amenities.[8][9]


Thomas Cook Airlines operates flights to destinations in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North America and Asia. The airline also operates worldwide charter flights from the United Kingdom for a number of tour operators; however, Thomas Cook Tour Operations is the main user of the airline. The airline also provides direct customer bookings on a seat only basis, through their own website.[citation needed]


Current fleetEdit

Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-200 featuring the pride heart.
Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A330-200 taking off from Manchester Airport, UK.

As of April 2019, the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10][11]

Thomas Cook Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Airbus A320-233 1 - 180 180 Leased from Avion Express
Airbus A321-200 32 2 220 220 3 leased from Avion Express, 2 leased from SmartLynx, 2 in the Monarch Airlines hybrid with the Thomas Cook logo
Airbus A330-200 11 - 49 261 310 3 operated for Condor, 2 stored
265 314
273 322
Total 44 2

Historical fleetEdit

Thomas Cook Airlines Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes/Refs
Airbus A320-200 2003 2014
2018 2018 Transferred from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and handed to Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics. currently there is one leased from Avion Express [12][13][14][15]
Boeing 757-200 2003 2016 replaced by Airbus A321-200[citation needed]
Boeing 757-300 2003 2019 replaced by Airbus A321-200 and transferred to Condor.[16][17]
Boeing 767-300ER 2007 2018 Withdrawn from use and converted to freighters for Atlas Air


  1. ^ "Companies House WebCHeck". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Thomas Cook merges European airline businesses". The Independent. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Thomas Cook plans airline merger". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "UK Airline Data". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Thomas Cook to fly from Leeds Bradford Airport as travel firms ease blow of Monarch collapse". Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Operating Licence Holders". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Entertainment - Thomas Cook Airlines". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines - Premium Class". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines - Economy Class". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  10. ^ "GINFO Search Results Summary, Thomas Cook". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Our Fleet". Thomas Cook Airlines. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
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  16. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines UK to retire B757s in 1Q19". 23 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines UK transitions to all-Airbus fleet". 15 January 2019.

External linksEdit

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