22 OCTOBER 2012
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The airline division of Thomas Cook Group Plc, the world’s oldest travel company, is downsizing. For summer 2013 it will operate 31 aircraft returning four of its present fleet to lessors. Owner Thomas Cook is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It merged with MyTravel (Airtours) in 2007.
As things stand Thomas Cook Airlines operates 11 Airbus A320 series, three Airbus A330s, 17 Boeing 757s and three Boeing 767s. The airline says that around 430 people will lose their jobs leaving about 2,700 on the payroll.
In 2011 the airline carried 7,969,693 passengers making it the UK’s fourth largest airline. Personal seat-back entertainment is available on the A330-200 aircraft, serving long haul routes but the airline dropped its full semi-Economy Plus operation last year due to the effect of APD. However passengers can book specific seats for £7.50 per sector and a limited extra leg room variant is available at £30 once again per flight. When booking online 20kgs of checked-in baggage can be purchased from £16 per person per flight, on sectors up to 7hrs, and £23 on long haul. www.thomascookairlines.co.uk
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