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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. Since 2019, Thomas Cook Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet, after retiring its Boeing 757-200,300 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The airline operates approximately 40 Airbus A320 Family Series Aircraft of Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A321-200, the airline‘s most popular aircraft. The airline also operates 7 Airbus A330s for long-haul flights, some of which are on lease from other airlines.

Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Airlines Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
MT TCX Thomas Cook
Founded31 March 2003
AOC #549
Operating bases
Fleet size46
Destinations82
Company sloganLet’s Go!
Parent companyThomas Cook Group
HeadquartersManchester, England
Key peoplePeter Fankhauser (CEO) Christoph Debus, MD
Employees2,500+
Websitethomascookairlines.com

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HistoryEdit

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.[2]

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.[3][4] Thomas Cook Airlines carried around 6.4 million passengers during 2015, a six percent increase compared with 2014.[5]

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.[6]

Corporate affairsEdit

OverviewEdit

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.[7]

 
Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A330-200 taking off from Manchester Airport, UK.

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 [5]

CabinEdit

Premium EconomyEdit

Long-haul

Thomas Cook offers 'Premium Class' on most long-haul flights onboard their Airbus A330 aircraft. The cabin offers extra legroom, wider seats with more recline, free access to the upgraded in-flight entertainment, upgraded complimentary hot meal and drinks, as well as extra luggage and ground services.[8]

Economy ClassEdit

Long-haul

Thomas Cook's long-haul 'Economy Class' is offered on all Airbus A330 aircraft. It offers a standard seat-pitch of 31-inch. Seat-back IFE is available with an option to upgrade. Complimentary hot meal and snack is provided. Drinks and additional snacks are available to purchase.[9]

Short & Medium-haul

Thomas Cook's short and medium-haul economy cabin on their fleet of A321 aircraft offer a standard seat-pitch of between 28-30-inch at 6-abreast. Drinks and Snacks are available to purchase onboard or to pre-order. Inflight entertainment is available via overhead screens and radio channels.[10]

An upgraded economy class package is available on short and medium-haul flights called 'Economy PLUS'. This package features standard economy seats towards the front of the aircraft. complimentary hot meal, drinks, earphones, plus additional baggage allowance and ground services.[11]

DestinationsEdit

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

 
A former Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A320 in its former colours
 
Thomas Cook Airlines' former Boeing 757-200: G-TCBC carrying the airline's special 'Egypt, where it all begins' colours
 
Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321: G-TCDE landing at Bristol Airport
 
Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-200 featuring the pride heart.

As of May 2019, the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12][13]

Thomas Cook Airlines Group - United Kingdom Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Airbus A320-200 4 180 180 1 leased from SmartLynx and two from Avion Express
Airbus A321-200 35 3 220 220 Several leased from Avion Express and SmartLynx
Airbus A330-200 7 49 261 310 7 leased, 3 Operated for sister Condor Airlines
Total 46

Historical fleetEdit

Thomas Cook Airlines Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes/Refs
Airbus A320-200 2003 2014
2018 Transferred from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and handed to Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics. currently there is three leased from Avion Express[14][15][16][17]
Boeing 757-200 2003 2016 replaced by Airbus A321-200.[18]
Boeing 757-300 2003 2019 replaced by Airbus A321-200 and transferred to Condor.[19][20]
Boeing 767-300ER 2007 2018 Withdrawn from use and converted to freighters for Atlas Air

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Companies House WebCHeck". wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Big two UK holiday groups look set to dominate". FT. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Thomas Cook merges European airline businesses". The Independent. 5 February 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Thomas Cook plans airline merger". www.travelmole.com. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "UK Airline Data". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Thomas Cook to fly from Leeds Bradford Airport as travel firms ease blow of Monarch collapse". www.gazettelive.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Operating Licence Holders". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Thomas Cook Premium Class". Thomas Cook Airlines.
  9. ^ "Thomas Cook Long Haul Economy".
  10. ^ "Thomas Cook Short-Haul cabin".
  11. ^ "Thomas Cook Economy PLUS".
  12. ^ "GINFO Search Results Summary, Thomas Cook". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Fleet". Planespotters. Planespotters.net. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Thomas Cook Group launch Balearics airline". ARW Online.
  15. ^ "Please refresh this page". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines Fleet List". Jethros.org.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  17. ^ Monday, 22 April 2019 21:57 (18 October 2017). "Thomas Cook new airline for Palma to start early next year". Majorcadailybulletin.com. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  18. ^ {{cite web|url=https://airinsight.com/thomas-cook-group-visit-replacing-757/
  19. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines UK to retire B757s in 1Q19". ch-aviation.com. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines UK transitions to all-Airbus fleet". ch-aviation.com. 15 January 2019.

External linksEdit

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