Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium) (Brussels) has added its first Airbus A319, joining the current fleet of five Airbus A320s. The airline was founded in 2002.
Copyright Photo: Malcolm Nason. Formerly operated by Armavia as EK32012, the airliner returned to CIT Leasing Corporation as M-ABEL on October 25, 2011. This A319-132 is now registered as OO-TCS (msn 2362) and was leased from CIT on March 8, 2012. It is pictured at Shannon after painting by Eirtech bound for Brussels on March 9, 2012.
Thomas Cook Group (London) has lost nearly three-quarters of its market value on the London Stock Exchange after the ailing firm admitted it had gone back to the banks for more financial help according to this report by the Press Association.
Thomas Cook Group plc is a travel company created on June 19, 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group plc. At flotation on the London Stock Exchange 52% of the shares in the new company were held by the German mail order and department store corporation Arcandor (former owners of Thomas Cook AG) and 48% owned by the shareholders of MyTravel. On June 9, 2009 Arcandor filed for bankruptcy. The merger, which was backed by 99.9% of shareholders, took place through the formation of “NewCo” which effectively purchased MyTravel and Thomas Cook and was then listed on the London Stock Exchange under the name of Thomas Cook Group plc.
The Thomas Cook Group plc is the parent organization of Condor Flugdienst, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Thomas Cook Airlines (Belgium), Thomas Cook Airlines (Canada) and Thomas Cook Airlines (UK).
Copyright Photo: Bjorn van der Velpen. OO-TUC taxies at Maastricht after repainting.
Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) (Brussels) has dropped its all-blue with smiling TUI brand on its Boeing 767-341 ER OO-TUC (msn 24844) and the other 767-300 for a more subdued generic brand with very small titles by the nose. Competitor Thomas Cook Belgium bought a lot of seats on TUI’s charter flights for the winter season and probably did not want their booked passengers getting on a competitor’s emblazoned aircraft.