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.

Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomas Cook Group AIRLINES logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
(as Trans-European Airways)
Ceased operations23 September 2019
AOC #549
Operating bases
Fleet size34 (at collapse)
Parent companyThomas Cook Group Airlines
Thomas Cook Group
HeadquartersManchester, England
Key people
WebsiteFormer website


Following the 2007 merger between Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group to form Thomas Cook Group plc on 30 March 2008 MyTravel Airways was merged with Thomas Cook Airlines.[1]

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

JMC AirEdit

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.[5]


The airline fell into liquidation in the early hours of 23 September 2019.[6][7] 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.[8] The last flight to depart was MT2643, Registration G-MLJL from Orlando to Manchester. The airline's AOC was revoked on 7 November 2019.[9]

Corporate affairsEdit


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.[10]

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%   10.5%
2018 8,092,208 39,512 90.5%   10.6%
* Data for 2005 to 2007 includes MyTravel Airways
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [4]



Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321-200
Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A330-200

Final active fleet (in September 2019)Edit

At the time of closure, the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[11]

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Airbus A321-200 27 220 220 One in Cook's Club livery
Airbus A330-200 7 49 261 310
Total 34

Historical fleetEdit

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) 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.[12][13][14][15]
Boeing 757-200 2003 2016 Replaced by Airbus A321-200.[16]
Boeing 757-300 2003 2019 Replaced by Airbus A321-200 and transferred to Condor.[17][18]
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
Callsign Dates
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


Long haulEdit

Premium economy

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]


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  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. ^ "Companies House WebCHeck". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
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  7. ^ "Thomas Cook set to cease operating as rescue talks fail". itv News.
  8. ^ "Thomas Cook collapse: Repatriation to take two weeks". Sky News.
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  10. ^ "Operating Licence Holders". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  11. ^ "GINFO Search Results Summary, Thomas Cook". Civil Aviation Authority (United Kingdom). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Thomas Cook Group launch Balearics airline". ARW Online.
  13. ^ "Please refresh this page". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines Fleet List". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  15. ^ Monday, 22 April 2019 21:57 (18 October 2017). "Thomas Cook new airline for Palma to start early next year". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Thomas Cook Group visit – Replacing the 757 » AirInsight". 16 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines UK to retire B757s in 1Q19". 23 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines UK transitions to all-Airbus fleet". 15 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Thomas Cook Long Haul Economy".
  20. ^ "Thomas Cook Short-Haul cabin".
  21. ^ "Thomas Cook Economy PLUS".

External linksEdit

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