Cpt. Caveman From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2605 times:
DNG, Wednesday, 12th of December 2001
Touroperator Thomas Cook Belgium, announced today to start a new charter-company.
The new airline, will have 5 Airbusses A320.
Wenn everything goes by plan, Thomas Cook Belgium, will start next Easter 2002, flying it's own planes.
The main destinations will be the Mediterranean area, the islands Balearen (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza), the Canary Islands and North Africa! This is directly the start of the new Summer-season as well.
Thomas Cook, would have taken over the charter-company CityBird, but this deal turned out negative and CityBird went bankrupt.
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
Condor Berlin getting rid of 320s wouldn´t make much sense: if Condor Berlin were to cut capacity, they´d have to (technically) lay off staff which then would have to be hired by Condor - the problem is that Condor pays about 10% higher wages than Condor Berlin.
A320-Addict From Belgium, joined Apr 2001, 250 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
I can confirm here that JMC will use Belgian cockpit crew as well. During the kick-off period they will use a mix of them: line-training captains and instructors will be Brittish and the other Belgian!!
Manni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2437 times:
I've seen a TC livery today on TV. A white A320 with blue engines (similar to Sabena blue) and THOMAS COOK in blue capital letters on the fuselage. At the front of the fuselage, in smaller and thinner blue letters "EXPLORER".
Glider From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 297 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2430 times:
I think the new livery is quite good, but I preferred Citybird...(sorry to disturb your enthousiasm, but I won't forget what they did to CTB).
I heard also that ex-CTB staff would work for them; any thoughts about the number?
P.S.: What's wrong with Ceilidh? Does he 'hate' Belgians???
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2407 times:
Life will be rather interesting at JMC (aka 'Just Might Collapse') shortly - their pilots have rejected the company's 7.5% paycut. If they are going to take UK aircraft - without their crews - and move them over to Belgium, I think we could see some 'social action' over here!
Vfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4511 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2367 times:
The five A320s will be transferred from the JMC fleet. Two additional Condor 757 s will be operated to cover seasonal demand during the summer. My understanding is that the main reason for setting up a Belgian airline with JMC aircraft rather than letting JMC do the job straightaway is for legal reasons. It seems as if a British airline can operate from Belgium within the EU without problems, but not to all non-EU destinations like Egypt etc.
How will Thomas Cook cover its long-haul needs ? CTB used to operate one MD11 and in the end one 767-300 almost completely for Neckermann Belgium.
BelugaBoy From Belgium, joined Mar 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
Maybe they will work with Sobelair ( they have 767-300 ) for the long-haul routes.
If Sobelair still exits by that time or is not taken over by TUI !
Earlier ( before CityBird was founded ) they worked with Martinair from Amsterdam.