Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24 Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5651 times:
By it's Islandic owners Straumur.
The airline has managed to generate a profit of 8 M € in 2008 with a turnover of 270M€.
Currently the fleet is composed of three A320-200 and two A330-200 aircraft.Two additional A320-200 will join the fleet in April and June 2009.
The French touristic -magazin "Tourmag" reports in it's online-edition that one "major" is seemingly interested in the airline.Since Air France would never get Brussels approval to purchase another French carrier,that basically leaves BA,Virgin or LH as candidates.
Not tied to to the sale of it's French daughter,the German XL airline might be sold independantly.
Beaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5530 times:
Thomas Cook just bought 25 % of Condor from LH -so I doubt they want to invest currently any more funds into a business segment that is hard hit by recession.And TUI rather wants to reduce their fleet and get out of operating airlines- they have Corsair in France already who operate an all widebody fleet.
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2402 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5386 times:
XL France has currently a good contract with Thomas Cook Belgium. They fly the 332 to CUN, Varadero and Phuket. It's about three rotations a week with sometimes a stop in NTE as far as the Carrib' are concerned.
Thomas Cook Belgium has no long-haul fleet, hence this sub-charter contract.
Flybehubby From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5150 times:
I'd like to place a bet on Thomas Cook buying the airline. They already have Airbus A320, A332 and A333 aircraft so providing its the same engines, fleet compatability would be easy enough and XL France are already operating some flights for them.
Anybody know if/how big Thomas Cook are in the package market in France?
Why is XL Germany being split off? Because of a different (Boeing) fleet?
Quoting AAMDanny (Reply 6): My moneys on Tui - UK (Thomson Airways). 4 A330's would certainly bridge the gap between the 767 and 787 issues there faced with
I disagree, as far as I know, Thomson have never shown too much of an interest in Airbus a/c. They have tried to rid themselves of the ex First Choice Airbus' but not managed it so far due to lease issues.
Cwldude From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5004 times:
Nah it won't be TUI, my initial thoughts were Thomas Cook aswell, they don't have a French Airline do they? It would see them break into another important European country, and as said, fleet migration shouldn't be a problem!
Thomson Airways - The UKs premier charter airline // now flown : BY -AA -AJ -AE -AT; OO -AX -AU -RA -BG; BRIG; OBYD