Thomas Cook Airlines
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.
|Founded||31 March 2003|
|Company slogan||Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it.|
|Parent company||Thomas Cook Group|
|Key people||Christoph 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.
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. 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.
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. Thomas Cook Airlines carried around 6.4 million passengers during 2015, a six percent increase compared with 2014.
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.
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. 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.
|Year||Total passengers||Total flights||Load factor||Passenger change YoY|
|* Data for 2005 to 2007 includes MyTravel Airways|
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority 
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. On long-haul flights there are three classes, Economy Light, Economy Class and Premium Economy, the latter featuring different seats and upgraded amenities.
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.
|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|
|2018||2018||Transferred from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and handed to Thomas Cook Airlines Balearics. currently there is one leased from Avion Express |
|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|
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