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Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia A/S[2] was a Danish charter airline headquartered in Copenhagen. It was a part of the Thomas Cook Group and of the single operating segment Thomas Cook Group Airlines, until 23 September 2019, when the group filed for insolvency.

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
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IATA ICAO Callsign
DK[1] VKG VIKING
Founded1 January 1994 (as Premiair)
Ceased operations1 November 2019 (rebranded as Sunclass Airlines)
Operating bases
Fleet size13
Destinations34
Parent companyThomas Cook Group
HeadquartersCopenhagen, Denmark
Key peoplePer Knudsen, CEO
Websitethomascookairlines.dk

Flights had been affected when the parent company the Thomas Cook Group entered Compulsory liquidation causing the airline to initially suspended operations,[3] but has since resumed flights.[4][5] It continued to operate flights to leisure destinations, mainly in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, as well as some long-haul service from several bases in the Nordic Countries until November 2019.[6]

The airline was subsequently acquired by an investment consortium and is now rebranded as Sunclass Airlines as of 1 November 2019 The IATA and ICAO codes, as well as the "Viking" callsign, all transferred to Sunclass.

HistoryEdit

The airline's roots trace back to two airlines: Conair of Scandinavia, owned by Danish Spies Group, and Scanair, of the Swedish SLG - Scandinavian Leisure Group. It formed when the two charter airlines were merged, and was established on 1 January 1994 as Premiair. In 1994, SLG was acquired by Airtours.[7]

On 23 September 2019, Thomas Cook Group plc went into administration and ceased trading with immediate effect, after failing to secure £200 million in emergency funding. On 23 September 2019, the Scandinavian airline suspended all flights, but they resumed a day later.[4]

The airline was acquired by an investment consortium on 30 October 2019, and was rebranded as Sunclass Airlines. Strawberry Group and Altor Funds will each hold 40%; TDR Capital will hold the remaining 20%.[8]

DestinationsEdit

FleetEdit

 
A former Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Airbus A321-200

At the time of the rebranding, the Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[citation needed]

Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
P Y Total
Airbus A321-200 7 212 212[9]
Airbus A330-200 1 49 273 322[10]
Airbus A330-300 3 388 388[11]
396 396[11]
Total 11

RecordsEdit

  • A Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Airbus A330-300 set a record for the fastest ground speed across the Atlantic Ocean in January 2015 due to strong winds, when it flew from Cuba to Oslo at a ground speed of 1255.6 km/h.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "IATA – Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ https://dk.thomascookairlines.dk/Om-os/pressemeddelelser
  3. ^ "Informasjon i forbindelse med Thomas Cooks konkurssøknad" [Information in connection with Thomas Cook's bankruptcy application]. Ving Norge (in Norwegian). 23 September 2019. Archived from the original on 23 September 2019. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b News, Alliance (2019-09-24). "Thomas Cook Airline In Nordic Region To Resume Flights". MorningstarUK. Retrieved 2019-09-24.
  5. ^ Rohr-Staff, Siri (23 September 2019). "Vinggruppen i Norden fortsetter å investere (Translated: "The Ving Group in the Nordics continues to invest)". Ving.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-09-23. For our travelers, Thomas Cook Group's bankruptcy has no direct impact
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 54.
  7. ^ "pounds 10m Danish buy takes Airtours to Finland". The Independent. 16 February 1996. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  8. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David (30 October 2019). "Thomas Cook's Nordic airline renamed after investors swoop". Flightglobal.com.
  9. ^ "Airbus 321". thomascookairlines.dk.
  10. ^ "Airbus 330-200". thomascookairlines.dk.
  11. ^ a b "Airbus 330-300". thomascookairlines.dk.
  12. ^ Krog, Andreas. "Dansk fly satte hastighedsrekord over Atlanten" Check-in.dk, 13 January 2015. Accessed: 13 January 2015.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia at Wikimedia Commons