Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia A/S 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.
|Founded||1 January 1994 (as Premiair)|
|Ceased operations||1 November 2019 (rebranded as Sunclass Airlines)|
|Parent company||Thomas Cook Group|
|Key people||Per Knudsen, CEO|
Flights had been affected when the parent company the Thomas Cook Group entered Compulsory liquidation causing the airline to initially suspended operations, but has since resumed flights. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
At the time of the rebranding, the Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia fleet consisted of the following aircraft:
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