Thomas Cook Airlines
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|Founded||31 March 2003|
|Company slogan||Let's Go!|
|Parent company||Thomas Cook Group|
|Key people||Christoph Debus, MD|
Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Limited, is a British airline based in Manchester, England. It serves leisure destinations worldwide from its main bases at Manchester and London Gatwick Airport. It also operates services from eight other bases around the United Kingdom.
Thomas Cook Airlines is part of the airline division of the Thomas Cook Group, which consists of several sister airlines, all of which have a joint fleet management: Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, German based Condor and formally Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Destinations
- 3 Fleet
- 4 On-board service
- 5 In-flight entertainment
- 6 Cabin interior
- 7 Statistics
- 8 Awards
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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 UK Ltd 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 Boeing 757 and 767 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.
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 A320-200||1||—||–||180||180||Transferred from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.|
|Airbus A321-200||21||6||–||220||220||Six additional aircraft to be transferred from Condor.|
|Boeing 757-300||5||—||–||275||275||To be transferred to Condor.|
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|Boeing 757-200||2003||2016||Replaced by Airbus A321|
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Drinks and snacks can be purchased on board. In-flight meals, champagne and a selection of gifts can be pre-ordered at the time of booking a flight or on the airline's website. Since May 2012, the in-flight meals available on Thomas Cook flights are designed exclusively by celebrity chef James Martin. Passengers who have not pre-ordered a meal can buy a selection of meals from the cabin crew. In-flight entertainment is available on most services. The new delivery of A321 aircraft will feature drop down entertainment systems with a potential for onboard wi-fi capabilities.
When flying long haul, in-flight meals are included in all cabin classes, chiefly a main meal with crackers and dessert and a further meal before landing. Drinks and snacks can also be purchased on board. The in-flight meals available on board Thomas Cook flights are designed exclusively by celebrity chef James Martin. Personal on-demand seat-back entertainment is available on the A330-200 aircraft.
- Premium Economy
A new Premium Economy product and service is offered for departures from Manchester and Belfast which includes priority check-in, priority boarding, fast track security, complimentary drinks, meals and snacks, newspapers, extra luggage, pillows, duvets and amenity kits. This cabin has dedicated cabin crew and passengers are seated in the front section of the aircraft in a newly designed cabin.
On short-haul flights, entertainment is fitted in A321 and B767 aircraft. Screens are fixed on the ceiling of the aircraft showing numerous films and TV shows depending on the length of the flight. B757-300 aircraft do not have an in-flight entertainment system fitted. Seats in most planes have a headphone socket and controls for 10 radio channels.
On long-haul flights, personal seatback entertainment is available on A330 aircraft in both cabins. Economy passengers receive 4 movies and 6 TV shows free. This can be upgraded to the full library, which is unlimited entertainment, for a small fee. This is purchasable from the cabin crew. Premium economy passengers receive complimentary access to the full library. Also, all passengers can listen to 24 radio channels and listen to thousands of songs.
Thomas Cook have replaced their B757-200 aircraft with new Airbus A321s. The cabin is yellow and grey to reflect the new corporate livery. Newer aircraft feature slim design leather seats in a two tone grey design. These seats have a seat pocket in the upper part of the seat in front, which allows for increased legroom.
As of Summer 2015, the A330 aircraft have been refurbished. This includes new seats, a new cabin and new services such as free meals and larger luggage allowances.
Premium Economy is only available on long haul A330 flights. This offers a 35" seat pitch with a 6" recline and a 20" width in a wider 2-3-2 cabin layout. Each seat has an in-arm tray table which can be folded in half to become a cup holder or for other small items. Also underneath each seat in front is a foot rest. Seats also have a personal screen either in the arm rest or seat in front.
Economy seats on long haul flights are set in a 2-4-2 configuration. Economy and premium economy both have two tone grey seats. Also, both classes have leather headrests and fabric seats for increased comfort.
|Year||Total passengers||Total flights||Load factor||Passenger change YoY|
|* Data for 2005 to 2007 includes MyTravel Airways
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority 
- Silver Award - Most Environmentally Responsible Airline 2008
- Runner-Up UK Charter Airline for Punctuality - Summer 2006
- FlightOnTime.info Most Punctual UK Charter Airline - Summer 2002 & Summer 2003
- FlightOnTime.info Most Punctual UK Charter Airline - Winter 2002/03, Winter 2003/04, Winter 2008/09 & Winter 2009/10
- Best Airline Website – UK Travelmole Web Awards 2015
- Europe's Leading Charter Airline 2015 - World Travel Awards
- World's Leading Charter Airline 2015 - World Travel Awards
- Europe's Leading Charter Airline 2016 - World Travel Awards
- World's Leading Charter Airline 2016 - World Travel Awards
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- "Thomas Cook Airlines - Premium Class". www.thomascookairlines.com. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
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- "British Travel Awards". British Travel Awards. 11 December 2008. Archived from the original on November 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
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- "Europe's Leading Charter Airline 2016". World Travel Awards. Retrieved 2017-01-02.
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