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31 JANUARY 2011
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Airbus has signed an order with Thomas Cook Airlines for the leisure carrier to take 12 A321 series aircraft, as it consolidates its narrow bodied fleet. It currently operates both the A320 and Boeing 757. In addition to the firm order, Thomas Cook Group plans to lease A320 Family aircraft from operating lessors.
Sharklets are large wing-tip devices that will enhance the eco-efficiency and payload-range performance of the A320 Family. They are expected to result in at least 3.5% reduced fuel burn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual reduction of around 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide per aircraft.
Thomas Cook currently operate around 40 aircraft, both Airbus (A320 and A330) and Boeing (757 and 767). With the arrival of the first A321s in 2012 the 757s will begin to be withdrawn, some of the aircraft dating back to the era of Airtours International, and then MyTravel Airways, becoming part of Thomas Cook in 2007. www.thomascookairlines.co.uk
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