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Thomas Cook Airlines UK retires its last Boeing 757, becomes all Airbus

Type Retired: January 6, 2019 (flight TCX 385 Hurghada - London Gatwick with G-JMAA)

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has operated its last Boeing 757 revenue flight.

The pictured Boeing 757-3CQ G-JMAA (above) operated flight TCX 385 from Hurghada, Egypt to London (Gatwick) on January 6, 2019. The airliner is due to be transferred to Condor.

Sister ship G-JMAB, which was retired first, was ferried to Frankfurt on January 8, 2019.

The British airline is now all Airbus (above).

Top Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Thomas Cook.com) Boeing 757-3CQ G-JMAA (msn 32241) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 945293.

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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.

More on the Condor fleet: CLICK HERE

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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Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) announces its summer 2019 long haul schedule

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Airbus A330-243 G-MDBD (msn 266) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937662.

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has announced its full summer 2019 long haul program which is now on sale for flight-only and package holidays, including new flights to Montego Bay and more flights to Seattle/Tacoma, Orlando and Cancun.

Thomas Cook Airlines will fly from Manchester, London Gatwick and Glasgow to 13 destinations in the USA, the Caribbean and Mexico. The airline will also strengthen its core long-haul fleet with an Airbus A330-200.

The new aircraft will have fully refurbished premium and economy cabins, seat back in-flight entertainment and USB charging points. Based at Manchester airport, it increases the Thomas Cook Group Airline fleet of A330-200s to eight and the group airline total long haul fleet to 27.

Thomas Cook Airlines is Manchester airport’s largest long-haul carrier. There are 720,000 long haul seats on sale from Manchester in summer 2019. Seattle/Tacoma, which launched in May this year, will increase from two flights a week to three (the same frequency as San Francisco), Cancun will fly daily (same as New York) and 13 flights a week will go to Orlando at peak season, a growth of 21 percent compared to summer 2018. Montego Bay is a brand new long-haul destination.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Thomas Cook): Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) Airbus A330-243 G-MDBD (msn 266) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 937662.

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Avion Express leases two Airbus A321s for Thomas Cook Airlines

Avion Express has signed a leasing agreement with AviaAM Leasing, a Warsaw Stock Exchange listed aircraft leasing company, for two Airbus A321 aircraft.

Under the operating lease agreement, Avion Express will operate the aircraft for the next 6 years. Both aircraft will operate for Thomas Cook Airlines during the summer season. 

 

Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world successfully working with clients in Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean regions. In 2018 Avion Express will operate 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Photo: Avion Express.

easyJet extends ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ to seven airports and adds new connections airline partners

easyJet has announced that it is extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. This means that, combined with the connections already announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year – will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.

easyJet has also brought new connecting airlines onto the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ booking platform and has also announced partnerships with Thomas Cook Airlines at Gatwick meaning easyJet customers can now travel as far as the Caribbean or to the USA, Africa and the Indian Ocean with La Compagnie and Corsair who will both fly from Paris Orly.

easyJet’s existing relationship with WestJet and Norwegian will enable the airlines to offer long haul connectivity at more of Europe’s biggest hub airports – Norwegian will extend connecting services from Paris Charles De Gaulle and Paris Orly in the coming weeks, from Amsterdam Schiphol in the summer when the airline launches its service to New York from the Dutch capital and also from Edinburgh. Meanwhile easyJet’s existing relationship with Loganair will allow easyJet customers to connect to the highlands and Islands via Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

Airport                           Go live date           Partners

Gatwick                                 September 2017       Norwegian, Thomas Cook Airlines,

WestJet, Aurigny

Venice                                    Mid-April 2018           To be announced

Paris CDG                              Spring 2018               Norwegian

Paris Orly                               Spring 2018               Corsair, La Compagnie, Norwegian

Milan Malpensa                     Spring 2018               Neos, Norwegian

Berlin Tegel                           Summer 2018            To be announced

Amsterdam Schiphol          Summer 2018            Norwegian

Edinburgh                              tbc 2018                     Loganair, Norwegian

Inverness                               tbc 2018                     Loganair 

Worldwide by easyJet explained

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With Worldwide by easyJet these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

 

Thomas Cook Airlines UK quietly retires its last two Boeing 767-300s

Type Retired: November 2, 2017

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) has quietly stopped operating its last two 326-seat Boeing 767-300s (G-DAJC and G-TCCB). Both aircraft have not operated since November 2, 2017 and are now parked at Manchester minus any titles.

The airline has not made any official announcement.

Sister airline Condor of Germany will continue to operate the type.

Copyright Photo: Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Thomas Cook.com) Boeing 767-31K ER WL G-DAJC (msn 27206) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 913330.

 

Thomas Cook announces new U.S. routes from Manchester, cancels London Gatwick-Reno plans

 

Thomas Cook 2013 logo-2

Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) has announced that it is expanding its services to the United States from its Manchester hub. From May 2016, the carrier will fly to Los Angeles and Boston. Thomas Cook’s fleet of Airbus A330-200s will most likely serve the routes, which, as previously reported, already serve routes to New York (JFK) and Miami as well as seasonal services to Las Vegas and Orlando.

Unfortunately, if you are one of the people eagerly waiting for Thomas Cook to open its seasonal service from London Gatwick to Reno, Nevada beginning on December 19, your luck may be out. The Reno Gazette is reporting that the carrier has abandoned its plans for the route, citing U.S. Customs’ inability to process London arrivals at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in a timely manner.

Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock reporting from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 G-OMYT (msn 301) in the old 2002 livery with the Sunny Heart tail logo prepares to land at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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