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Thomas Cook Group shows profitable growth in a disrupted environment

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Airbus A320-212 D-AICE (msn 894) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 944674.

Thomas Cook Group issued this report:

• Strong Airline profit growth of £35 million despite higher disruption cost

• Increased capacity with revenues growth of 10.1% to £3.5bn

• New airlines founded in Spain and Germany to support growth

Manchester/Frankfurt/Copenhagen – The Thomas Cook Group Airline has increased its underlying profit by 37% to £129 million for the financial year ending September 30, 2018. With an increase of available seats of 8.8% and a fleet of 100 aircraft overall revenues have grown by 10.1% to £3.5bn in the financial year 2017/18.

With the two brands Thomas Cook Airlines (in UK and Scandinavia) and Condor (in Germany), the Group Airline has carried over19 million passengers to over 120 destinations worldwide.

As part of the airline strategy for profitable growth, two new airlines have been set up in 2018. Based in Mallorca and Oberursel the new platforms provide greater operational flexibility at competitive costs, while better ensuring the quality and customer experience compared to third-party lease arrangements.

Peter Fankhauser, Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, said:

“Our Group Airline delivered strong growth in customers and profit, benefitting from increasing capacity in a turbulent European aviation sector.”

The pan-European airline could realize £31 million by implementing cost reduction measures that address synergies across its markets. The integration of the airline is well advanced with a consistent product, customer experience and management approach.

The European Aviation market was marked by disruption in Summer 2018 caused by delays of the registration of new aircraft, shortage on spare parts and an air traffic control system that was not fully prepared for the strong growth. This resulted in a substantial increase of irregularity cost (which include EU261 compensation costs, welfare, sub-charter and denied boarding costs) of £101 million in Summer 2018 vs. £49 million in Summer 2017.

The Group Airline has put several measures in place to optimize its operational performance, such as additional reserve aircraft, a streamlined aircraft basing with an all Airbus fleet in UK and Scandinavia and all Boeing aircraft operated in Germany and a dedicated team for customer communication in the case of a delay.

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Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Airbus A320-212 D-AICE (msn 894) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 944674.

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Condor to commence nonstop flights between Frankfurt and Phoenix

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-3Q8 ER WL D-ABUT (msn 29383) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 933499.

Condor Flugdienst, part of Thomas Cook Group Airlines, will begin new, seasonal nonstop service between Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Frankfurt, Germany on May 18, 2018. The new flight is the only nonstop connection between Phoenix and Continental Europe. The seasonal service will run through September, 2018.

Beginning May 18, 2018, Condor will leave Phoenix Mondays at 8:55 p.m., arriving in Germany at 5:00 p.m. the following day. The flight will leave Frankfurt at 3:30 p.m., arriving Phoenix at 6:35 p.m. On Fridays Condor will leave Phoenix at 4:55 p.m., arriving in Frankfurt at 1:00 p.m. the next day. From Frankfurt, the flight will leave at 11:40 a.m. on Fridays, arriving Phoenix at 2:45 p.m.

The route will utilize a Boeing 767‐300ER aircraft and offer three classes of service: business, premium and economy. Introductory fares in economy class start as low as $399.99.

This is Thomas Cook Group Airlines’ latest new gateway in the U.S., having added Pittsburgh, San Francisco and New Orleans last summer to its existing gateways of Boston, Orlando, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle/Tacoma, Portland, Las Vegas, Austin, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Baltimore, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

 

Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-3Q8 ER WL D-ABUT (msn 29383) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 933499.

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SmartLynx signs a wet lease agreement with Condor for YL-LCQ

In December 2017 SmartLynx Airlines Ltd. signed a long-term wet lease agreement for 2018 with the German leisure airline Condor Flugdienst GmbH.

According to the agreement between SmartLynx and Condor, SmartLynx will wet lease to Condor a 220-seat Airbus A321-200 with the Latvian registration mark of YL-LCQ (msn 2211) from January 7, 2018 to March 31, 2018. The aircraft will operate from the base in Munich Airport (MUC), Germany.


The aircraft will fly to holiday destinations such as Rhodes, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Malaga, and Fuerteventura.

Condor is a new partner of SmartLynx.

In other news, in 2017 SmartLynx introduced a new livery, now applied to ES-SAM.

All photos by SmartLynx.

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Video: YL-LCQ was previously operated for Thomas Cook Airlines:

Condor to fly seasonally to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook (2013) (Germany)

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) will add seasonal service to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia starting on November 5, 2018. According to Airline Route, the new route will operate three days a week until April 22, 2019.

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Air Transat to start operating for Condor on November 5, 2018

Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 910699.

Air Transat will start operating for Condor in November 2018 on two routes from Frankfurt with an Airbus A330-200. The Frankfurt – Punta Cana route will start on November 5, 2018 followed by Frankfurt – Varadero the following day per Airline Route.

Previously on October 2, 2017, Transat A.T. inc. and Thomas Cook Group Airlines announced the signing of a seven-year agreement for the exchange of aircraft on a seasonal basis. Under the terms of the agreement, Thomas Cook will make available every winter to Air Transat a number of narrow body Airbus A321s and will receive at least one wide-body Airbus A330-200 in return. This will enable both companies to manage and utilize their fleets more efficiently.

The agreement takes advantage of the different seasonality of the two companies: Air Transat uses a greater number of smaller aircraft in winter to serve its destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, and larger aircraft in summer to serve the transatlantic market. In contrast, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in summertime to fly to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea and larger wide-body aircraft in the winter to fly to the long-haul destinations like Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

 

Copyright Photo: Air Transat Airbus A330-243 C-GTSN (msn 369) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 910699.

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Condor to add Quito, Ecuador and return to New Orleans in 2018

Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-3Q8 ER WL D-ABUP (msn 30048) LAS (James Helbock). Image: 935753.

Condor Flugdienst (Frankfurt) is adding new twice-weekly Boeing 767-300 service from FRA to Santo Domingo and continuing to Quito, Ecuador starting on October 5, 2018.

As previously reported, Condor has also announced it will be returning to New Orleans and will be operating twice-weekly flights operating on Thursdays and Sundays from May 17, 2018, through September 30, 2018, between Frankfurt and New Orleans.

Flights on Thursdays and Sundays will depart New Orleans at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Frankfurt the next day at 10:40 a.m., and depart Frankfurt at 11:50 a.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and arrive in New Orleans at 3:55 p.m. the same day.

Condor will operate 259-seat Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-3Q8 ER WL D-ABUP (msn 30048) LAS (James Helbock). Image: 935753.

Condor is coming to New Orleans and San Diego

Condor is coming to New Orleans and San Diego

Condor is coming to both New Orleans (May 3, 2017) and San Diego (May 1, 2017) from Frankfurt for next summer. Both new routes will be served twice-weekly with Boeing 767-300 ERs per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Condor Flugdienst-Thomas Cook Boeing 767-38E ER WL D-ABUS (msn 30840) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 929202.

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