A321 with Sharklets for Thomas Cook Airlines UK with new design in Hamburg passed Manchester / Hamburg, 4 December 2013 Thomas Cook Airlines UK yesterday received its first new Airbus A321 in Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel. The A321 is also the first aircraft of the British airline, which is painted in the new design and carries the heart of sunny in the tail. In October, the Thomas Cook Gruppe had announced the unification of all its brands under the sunny heart brand. The new aircraft by Thomas Cook UK labelled G TCDC is the second of the 23 new Airbus A321, ordered by the Thomas Cook Gruppe and delivered up to the year 2016. The group will replace almost one third of its short – and medium-haul fleet with new aircraft. Six aircraft of this type used 2014 summer season in the UK. The machine labeled G-TCDC will compete their service in the next few days and use holiday flights within Europe from England. The final Assembly of the aircraft was the Thomas Cook Group airlines in Hamburg by a team supervised and took almost 30 days.
The new Airbus A321 will compete next week its first flights, after he has returned to the base of the airline in Manchester. He stationed is then at the airport in Belfast. An exciting section of the UK airline starts today, because the new aircraft in our fleet we can our customers a new experience on board offer. “, said Christoph Debus, Chairman of Thomas Cook Group airlines and CEO by Thomas Cook Airlines UK in Hamburg.” By next summer, a total of six Airbus A321 will bring our holidaymakers to destinations across Europe and North Africa. The machine in the UK was just painted with the sunny heart, also stands for the new brand Thomas Cook and their airlines.” The new Airbus A321 is the first Airbus in the Thomas Cook Gruppe and one of few aircraft worldwide equipped with Sharklet wingtip. These reduce kerosene consumption and thus improve fuel efficiency by up to six percent in comparison to the existing aircraft in the fleet.
It is also the first narrow plane, with a SOAKED (on airport navigation system) is equipped. The machine labeled G-TCDC is the second of a total 23 brand new Airbus A321 and is followed by the work new A321, which already in may at the Thomas Cook Group Airlines was delivered and in use is the German sister airline Condor. Thomas Cook Airlines Group consisting of four airlines: Condor Flugdienst GmbH, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Thomas Cook Airlines UK. The Airlines transported 17 million passengers per year. The combined fleet consists of 86 aircraft, by the group maintenance organisation (CMO) of Thomas Cook Airlines Group are maintained.