Flying Colours Airlines
|Ceased operations||2000 Merged with Caledonian Airways to form JMC Air)|
|Operating bases||Manchester Airport|
London Gatwick Airport
Flying Colours was a UK charter airline that operated for 4 years between 1996 and 2000.
Flying Colours had several operational bases outside of its Manchester Airport headquarters, including London Gatwick Airport and Glasgow International Airport. The airline quickly established a positive reputation in the charter industry, with a fleet of newly built aircraft and new features; Flying Colours were the first airline in the UK to have LCD TV screens in the cabins of their 757s.
Subsequently, the in-house charter airline of Thomas Cook, Airworld, adopted the Flying Colours Airlines brand. Shortly after the takeover two ex-Airworld Airbus A321s were returned to their lessor. The airline also maintained the Airworld operating base at Bristol.
In 1999 Thomas Cook completed the acquisition of Carlson Leisure Group, who operated the charter carriers Caledonian Airways and Peach Air. This led to a complete rebrand by Thomas Cook of its growing tour operation. In 2000, Thomas Cook rebranded their charter airline operations as JMC Air, part of a new universal customer-facing brand, "JMC".
Flying Colours ordered two Airbus A330-200 aircraft to begin longhaul operations, these aircraft arrived after the JMC rebrand.
JMC Air was rebranded as Thomas Cook Airlines in 2002. Thomas Cook Airlines UK have announced a merger with fellow Manchester-founded airline MyTravel Airways; the parent companies were scheduled to merge in June 2007 with the two airlines merging in November 2007.
- The buttons on the cabin crew uniform were Yellow, Blue & Red. This earned the airline the nickname "Flying Buttons".
- For a short time the airline operated from Manchester Airport Terminal 2 before migrating over to Terminal 1 where Thomas Cook UK still operate from today.
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