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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1987. FOUNDED AS "AIR 2000." LATER BECAME "FIRST CHOICE AIRWAYS." INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
WIGMORE HOUSE, WIGMORE PLACE WIGMORE LANE
LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE LU2 9TN, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
CHICAGO AVENUE, MANCHESTER AIRPORT
MANCHESTER, M90 3DP, ENGLAND, UK
CHURCH ROAD, LOWFIELD HEATH
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX RH11 0PQ, GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain (United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) was established in 1066, it covers an area of 242,432 sq km, its population is 59 million, its capital city is London and its official language is English.
JANUARY 1993: FIRST CHOICE AIRWAYS (ATZ) OPERATED TO CYPRUS, BALEARIC ISLES, CANARY ISLES, FRANCE, GREECE, ITALY, MALTA, MONASTIR, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, TEL AVIV, TURKEY, ANTIGUA, BARBADOS, CUBA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, MARGARITA, MEXICO, ORLANDO, SRI LANKA, & THAILAND.
OWNED BY FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAYS.
MAINTENANCE BY FLS AEROSPACE (ATD), MANCHESTER.
3RD LARGEST CHARTER AIRLINE IN UK.
1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 913 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 54 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
10,000 FLIGHTS/YEAR, & 42,000 PASSENGERS FROM 10 REGIONAL AIRPORTS.
1992 = +$15.7 MILLION (+$15.2 MILLION) (NET PROFIT): +33.1% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +32.3% (PAX) PASSENGERS.
8 OF 14 757'S EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) EQUIPPED.
NOVEMBER 1993: UK CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY (CAA) TYPE DESIGN APPROVAL FOR 180 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FOR 757 (RB211-535E4).
MARCH 1995: 1 757-200ER, EX-DINAR (DIR).
APRIL 1995: 1 757-200ER, EX-(ATW).
MAY 1995: IN "AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE INTERNATIONAL" MAGAZINE ARTICLE, TERRY SOULT, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, STATED "AT THIS MOMENT, AIRBUS (EDS) CANNOT COMPARE WITH BOEING (TBC) CUSTOMER SUPPORT. RESPONSE TIMES TO QUERIES IS UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO PIN DOWN THE CORRECT PERSON WITHIN THE (EDS) ORGANIZATION. (TBC) SERVICE IS SUPREME; THEY DO NOT STAND STILL, AND APPEAR DETERMINED TO KEEP THE LEAD IN THIS AREA OF MAINTENANCE." BOB SOUTHGATE OF FLS AEROSPACE (ATD) STATED "WE CAN OBTAIN (TBC) COMPONENTS FROM SEATTLE MUCH QUICKER THAN WE CAN GET A320 PARTS FROM (EDS) AIR SPARES IN HAMBURG."
APRIL 1996: 1 757-200, & 1 757-200ER, EX-(ATW).
JUNE 1996: 1,171 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 913 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 54 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JULY 1996: INSTALLED (HF) LINKED (ACARS) ON 757'S.
GARETH CUNNINGHAM, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR (EX-ASSISTANT AIR ATTACHE TO BRITISH EMBASSY IN PARIS). GENE TAYLOR, POWER PLANT MANAGER LEFT TO JOIN FLYING COLOURS (FLN) AIRLINES AS THEIR MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.
SEPTEMBER 1996: PAUL PRICE, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.
NOVEMBER 1996: RON BELL, TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER RESIGNED TO JOIN (FCL).
757-200 (NA024) ENDED LEASE, NOW WITH (TNS).
APRIL 1997: 1 ORDER (APRIL 1998) 757-200 (28203), (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED, TO REPLACE (G-OOOT) LEASE RETURNED IN OCTOBER 1997. 1 757 & 2 757-200ER'S, EX-(ATW).
MAY 1997: GEOFF LOVELL PROMOTED TO TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER.
1,196 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 926 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 35 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
OCTOBER 1997: 1,199 EMPLOYEES.
757-236 (24793) RETURNED TO BARCLAYS BANK.
DECEMBER 1997: 2/1 ORDERS 767-300ER'S (APRIL 1999) (CF6-80C2), (GUI) LEASED. 767'S TO BE OPERATED TO FLORIDA, CARIBBEAN, AND MEXICO, FOR TOUR OPERATOR PARENT, FIRST CHOICE.
FEBRUARY 1998: TO START DOING OWN LINE MAINTENANCE FROM MAY 1998, & WILL RECRUIT +40 LICENSED ENGINEERS (MT).
APRIL 1998: 1ST QUARTER = 1.49 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC, 367,000 (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC, 679,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).
757-23A (C-FOOG) WET-LEASED TO (ATW), TIL NOVEMBER 1998. 757-200 (28203) DELIVERY. 3 757-200'S (757-23A: 24292;  757-28A: 23822; 24017), RETURNED FROM CANADA 3000 (ATW).
JUNE 1998: PARENT COMPANY, FIRST CHOICE, BUYS "UNIJET." SIGNALS A TREND TOWARD CONSOLIDATION IN THE "INCLUSIVE TOUR" INDUSTRY.
757-2YO (26158) CHARTERED FOR ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP, PAINTED WITH "TCS EXPEDITIONS" AND "EXPLORER 1" AFTER THOMAS COOK TOURS.
AUGUST 1998: A321-200 (835), BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA) WET-LEASED.
OCTOBER 1998: A320-212 (343) RETURNED TO GATX (NGK), LEASED TO VOLARE (VLR). A320-212 (189) TO (VLR), IN 2ND QUARTER 1999.
JANUARY 1999: 757-23A (24292), & 3 757-28A'S (23822; 24017; 24235), LEASED TO ROYAL (ROY) FOR WINTER SEASON.
MARCH 1999: 40 MILLION POUND, 6 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO MONARCH (MON) FOR 13 757'S, 3 767-300ER'S, 4 A320'S, & 5 A321'S. 767-38AER DELIVERY (CF6-80C2) (29617, G-OOAL), (GEH) LEASED.
APRIL 1999: 1,545 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 236 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 909 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), 105 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
1 767-36NER, (GEH) LEASED. 1 A321-200 (CFM56-5B3/P) DELIVERY.
MAY 1999: AIRTOURS INTERNATIONAL (GUE) MAKES $1.4 BILLION BID FOR (ATZ) OWNER, FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAYS, TO MAKE IT UK'S LARGEST TOUR OPERATOR. HAS TO BE APPROVED BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC), & UK GOVERNMENT.
1998 = +$21 MILLION.
2 A321-211'S (CFM56-5B3/P) (1006, G-OOAI IN TRIGEMA COLORS; 1017, G-OOAJ), GECAS (GEH) LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 1999: IN NOVEMBER 1999, GATWICK - LARNACA (A320).
OCTOBER 1999: 757-28A (24235), RETURNED FROM ROYAL AIRLINES (ROY).
NOVEMBER 1999: MARK THATCHER, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, REPLACES GARETH CUNNINGHAM.
DECEMBER 1999: 757-23A (24292, G-OOOG), WET-LEASED TO SPANAIR (SPP). 2 ORDERS A320'S, & 2 ORDERS A321'S, FROM AIRBUS. 1 A320 & 1 A321, (ILF) LEASED, AND 2 A320'S, CIT GROUP (TCI) LEASED.
JANUARY 2000: 757-200 (22612), EX-BRITANNIA (BRI), CIT (TCI) LEASED. OPERATES 757-200 (G-OOOC) FOR ALLETIDERS -REJSER FROM BILLUND & COPENHAGEN, TO CANARY ISLANDS, INDIA, MEXICO, & THAILAND, TIL APRIL 2000. CANCELS 1 ORDER A330-200, ORIGINALLY PLACED BY LEISURE INTERNATIONAL (UKL).
APRIL 2000: 2,032 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 236 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 909 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 105 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
757-28A (24235, G-OOOD), OPERATES FOR "AIR D'AYITI." 1 767-300ER DELIVERY.
MAY 2000: 1 767-38AER (29618, G-OOAM), (GEH) 5 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 2000: PARENT COMPANY, FIRST CHOICE, BUYS 20% IN GLOBALIA, PARENT COMPANY OF AIR EUROPA (ARE).
1999 = 16.21 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+54.1%); 14.41 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+879.2%); 6.05 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+32.8%);
2,032 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.air2000.com).
OCTOBER 2000: 1 A320-200 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1306, G-OOAP), CIT AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 A320 (CFM56) (1320), (TCI) LEASED. 2 A320-231 (291; 292) RETURNED TO ORIX (OXA), 291 LEASED TO (CMA) 2000-12.
DECEMBER 2000: OPERATES 1 757-200 (G-OOOU) ON BEHALF OF TCS EXPEDITIONS. 757-2YO (26158, G-OOOX), WET-LEASED TO DINAR (DIR).
FEBRUARY 2001: 2 757-28A'S (32446, G-OOBA; 32447, G-OOBB), GECAS (GEF) LEASED, NOT TAKEN BY NATIONAL (NAB). WILL OPERATE 757-2YO FOR TCS EXPEDITIONS FOR NORTHERN WINTER SEASON.
MARCH 2001: PARENT, FIRST CHOICE, BUYS VIRGIN SUN (VSN) FOR 5.9 MILLION POUNDS.
$600 MILLION, 8 ORDERS 757-200'S (FEBRUARY 2003).
APRIL 2001: 2,345 EMPLOYEES.
1 767-39HER (26257, G-OOAO), WET-LEASED TO BRITANNIA (BRI).
MAY 2001: SUMMER CHARTER FLIGHTS DUBLIN - BOLOGNA (WEEKLY).
2 A321-200'S (V2500) (1045, G-MID), BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA) WET-LEASED.
OCTOBER 2001: 1 A320-214 (1571, G-OOAS), (ILF) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 2001: 2 757-28A'S (32446; 32447), & 2 757-225'S (22211; 22611), WFU AT FILTON. A320-214 (1605, G-OOAT), DELIVERY.
DECEMBER 2001: KEN SMITH, MANAGING DIRECTOR WILL RESIGN IN APRIL 2002 AND WILL BE REPLACED BY CHRIS BROWNE, FIRST CHOICE (ATZ) MANAGING DIRECTOR RETAIL (SHE HAS BEEN WITH FIRST CHOICE SINCE 1999, AND IS RELATIVELY NEW TO AVIATION).
RECEIVES LICENSE FOR OPERATIONS TO CYPRUS.
JANUARY 2002: 1 757-28A (32447, G-OOBB), BEING OPERATED FOR APPLE VACATIONS (WEST), FROM CHICAGO TO MEXICO, AND THE CARIBBEAN, DURING THE WINTER SEASON, WITH OPERATIONS BY RYAN INTERNATIONAL (RYN).
A320-214 (1637, G-OOAU) DELIVERY. 3 A320 (CFM56), (ILF) LEASED.
MARCH 2002: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
APRIL 2002: 1,976 EMPLOYEES.
OWNERS: FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAYS (100%).
MAIN BASE: MANCHESTER AIRPORT (MAN) & LONDON GATWICK AIRPORT (LGW).
HUBS: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT (STN); BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BFS); BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BHX); BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BRS); CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CWL); GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (GLA).
1 757-236 (25268, G-CPEP), EX-(BAB), (GEF) LEASED. 1 A321-200 (CFM56), (ILF) 7-YEAR LEASED.
September 2002: 1 757-200, to be wet-leased December 2002 - May 2003 to Skyservice (SKB) for Signature Vacations operations.
November 2002: In March 2003, charter service from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester to Aruba.
757-28A (23767) returned to (AWW).
December 2002: Opens base at Exeter for winter season with 1 A320.
2 757-236's (29941; 29943), CIT (TCI) leased. 757-28A (32447, G-OOBB), wet-leased to Ryan International (RYN) for Apple Vacations til April 2003. 2 A320-214's (1571, C-GTDG; 1605, C-GTDH), wet-leased to (SKB).
February 2003: Mark Thatcher, Director Engineering, announces plans to leave (ATZ), with resignation effective July 2003.
March 2003: 2,319 employees. SITA: MANOODP.
4th largest leisure airline in the UK, carrying around two-thirds of its 6.6 million passengers/year for parent company, First Choice Holidays. Air 2000 (ATZ) operates from 15 UK and Irish airports to about 50 tourist destinations and offers non-stop scheduled flights to Cyprus. Offers "VIP" Round the World services in winter.
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Birmingham; Bristol; Cardiff; Glasgow; London; Manchester; & Newcastle.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Alicante; Faro; Lanzarote; Larnaca; Malaga; Palma de Mallorca; Paphos; & Tenerife.
Will wet-lease 1 757-28A (33100, G-OOBE), and 2 A320-200's from May - November 2003.
June 2003: Signed new 5-year agreement with FLS Aerospace (ATD) for component support for its fleet of 18 757's and for any additional 757's joining the fleet. (ATD) also provides component management for (ATZ)'s 3 767's.
September 2003: 2002 = 16.30 billion (RPK) traffic (-13.7%); -13.3% (ASK) capacity; 90.3% LF load factor (-.5); 6.5 million passengers (PAX) (-7.4%); 13 million (FTK) freight traffic (+6.2%); 2,319 employees (+17.4%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
40 (BRI) 18.43; 41 (ARO) 17.65; 42 (CDF) 17.41; 43 (AUL) 17.34; 44 (AAR) 17.33; 45 (GIA) 16.72; 46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAS) 15.90; 50 (HAP) 14.40; 51 (JMA) 13.97; 52 (PAL) 13.52.
October 2003: Plans to change its name from "Air 2000" to "First Choice Airways," UK.
757-28A (32446) wet-leased to Skyservice (SKB). 757-28A (32447) to be wet-leased to Apple Vacations December 2003 - April 2004. 757-225 (22612) returned to CIT (TCI).
November 2003: A320-214 (1571, G-OOAS) returned from Skyservice (SKB).
December 2003: 757-28A (32447) wet-leased to SkyService (SKB).
February 2004: 757-23A (24292) leased to (SKB).
March 2004: 757-23A (24292) returned from (SKB).
April 2004: 757-28A (33101, G-OOBF), GATX (GAX) leased. 757-236 (24397) sold to GOOOS Aircraft Leasing. A320-214 (2180, G-OOAX) delivery.
May 2004: A321-211 (1017, G-OOAJ) returned to GECAS (GEF).
July 2004: Along with Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA), First Choice Airways (ATZ) become the European launch customers for the 787-8 including 10 valued at $1.2 billion. (ATZ)'s portion consists of an order (February 2009) for 6/3 787-8's (with 4 for (BPA). The 787-8 has a range of 15,700 km with engines: (GE) (GEnx) or Roll's Royce (RRC)'s (Trent 1000), and carries 217 passengers (PAX).
2003 = 15.87 billion (RPK) traffic (-2.6%); 89.9% LF load factor; 6.33 million passengers (PAX) (-2.8%); 1.06 million (FTK) freight traffic (-17.1%).
August 2004: In winter, London Gatwick - Fez (2/week charters), with frequency doubling in April 2005. In summer 2005, Birminghan, Manchester to Fez (charters).
November 2004: 767-324ER (27392, G-OOBK), GECAS (GEF) leased.
December 2004: 757-236's (25054; 29942; 29944), leased to Skyservice (SKB). 757-236 (25593), (SKB) leased. A320-214 (1571) leased to (SKB).
May 2005: 757-236 (29944, G-OOBH), returned from Skyservice (SKB).
August 2005: 2,000 employees (-1.7%).
November 2005: A320-214 (1605), to SkyService (SKB).
December 2005: First Choice Airways (ATZ) renewed its 1998 agreement with SR Technics (SWS) for complete component support for its fleet of 18 757-200s.
737-8Q8 (30637, C-FTAE), leased to Sunwing (SWG).
January 2006: Manchester Airports Group (MAG) selected Trapeze Networks and Telindus to implement a public and private (WLAN) solution at Manchester Airport. (MAG) said it opted for Trapeze's Mobility System, as it can provide a dual-purpose wireless network over one common infrastructure. "Traditionally, many airports have suffered from dilution of wireless services due to the presence of multiple uncontrolled wireless infrastructures that are both difficult to manage in terms of conflicting spectrums and also potentially confusing for the travelling public," said Aaron Bazler, network and infrastructure manager at (MAG).
The system enables revenue to be made from a "Workzone" instead of isolated connection spots. The public service, in association with T-Mobile, can be utilized to generate revenue anywhere in the airport; users do not need to be located in a specific part of the airport, but can access the Internet from any lounge or business within the complex.
July 2006: First Choice Airways (ATZ) of the UK launched twice-monthly service to Huatulco, Mexico, aboard a 767-300ER.
April 2005: First Choice Airways (ATZ) is a major UK holiday charter airline flying to more than 60 destinations worldwide from 14 UK and Irish airports. Services are operated for its parent company and 80 other tour operators. Also operates scheduled leisure routes to Cyprus.
2,000 employees (including 360 Flight Crew (FC), 1,200 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 200 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: DP - 091. (ICAO) Code: FCA - (Callsign - JETSET).
Parent company/shareholders: First Choice Holidays (100%).
Main Base: Manchester Airport (MAN)).
Hub: London Gatwick airport (LGW).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Birmingham; Glasgow; London; Manchester; & Nottingham.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Fuerteventura; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; Madeira; Paphos; & Tenerife.
767-35EER (26063, G-DBLA), ex-(EVA) Air, delivery after maintenance at GAMCO (GUL), Abu Dhabi - see photo.
November 2006: A320-214's (1571; 1605), operation for SkyService (SKB) ended.
December 2006: Starting May 13, East Midlands - Varadero, 1/week, using 767s.
Boeing (TBC) confirmed that UK tour operator First Choice Airways (ATZ) ordered an additional two 787-8s for delivery in 2011. First Choice (ATZ), the European launch customer for the 787, placed its first order for six in July 2004. It now has eight on firm order, with the first set to enter service in 2009. "This follow-on order from our European launch customer . . . speaks volumes about their belief in the exceptional benefits the 787 will bring to their passengers," Boeing Commercial Airplanes (TBC) VP Sales Europe, Russia & Central Asia, Marlin Dailey said.
February 2007: UK-based MyTravel (GUE) and German tourist conglomerate, Thomas Cook (JMA) are merging in a deal that will create the second-biggest travel company in Europe behind (TUI).
The new company, called Thomas Cook (JMA) Group, will produce combined revenue of about €12 billion/$15.6 billion, selling holidays to some 19 million customers a year. It will be based in London.
MyTravel (GUE) shareholders will own 48% of the combined company with the controlling 52% held by Thomas Cook (JMA)'s German owner KarstadtQuelle, which agreed in December to buy Lufthansa (DLH)'s 50% stake in Thomas Cook (JMA) for €800 million. The merger is expected to be complete by June and is conditional on the approval of MyTravel (GUE) shareholders, competition clearances and completion of the KarstadtQuelle-(DLH) transaction.
In December, MyTravel (GUE) reported its first annual profit in five years after a major restructuring exercise, cutting costs and selling real estate. According to the MyTravel (GUE) website, the companies in the group operate 31 airplanes.
The move eventually is expected to generate "at least" -£75 million/-$146.2 million of cost savings per year, the two groups said. Specific information concerning cost synergies was not supplied, nor was the future status of the airline portfolio comprising Thomas Cook Airlines UK (JMA), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TUB), Condor Airlines (CDF), MyTravel Airways UK (GUE), and MyTravel Airways A/S (PRH) detailed.
The merger ended hopes of the UK's First Choice Holidays (ATZ) for a possible tie-up. It had offered for sale its mainstream package holiday business, which includes European 787 launch customer First Choice Airways (ATZ), and held preliminary talks on possible bids with both MyTravel (GUE) and Thomas Cook (JMA). The (ATZ) board announced the termination of those talks.
MyTravel (GUE) CEO, Peter McHugh said the combined company will not need First Choice (ATZ)'s package business to compete with TUI. "This merger is quite a feat unto itself," he said. "We're the second leading travel company in Europe and aspire to be number one." TUI had revenue of €18.2 billion in 2005.
The new UK air passenger duty (APD) took effect and some airlines and tour operators are considering challenging the measure in court.
In addition, some politicians are questioning the legality of the tax increase because it had not been approved by the parliament. "The legal opinion we've received, says there is no legal basis to collect the increase in tax," Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said.
Chancellor Gordon Brown announced the doubling of the (APD) in his Pre-Budget Report on December 6, citing environmental concerns. The levy doubled to £10/$19.59 for economy passengers (Y) on domestic and European short-haul flights and to £40 on long-haul flights. For business (C) and first class (F) passengers, the duty rose to £20 on short-haul operations and £80 for long-haul.
Tour operator First Choice (ATZ) said it is launching a legal challenge. "We are also challenging the fact that they have brought it in so quickly in any case," Managing Director, Dermot Blastland said, noting that tour operators, unlike airlines, were unable to collect the duty retroactively.
However, carriers also are facing problems collecting the increase for tickets sold before the announcement. Some, including British Airways (BAB) and Air Malta (MLT), decided to absorb the added (APD). EasyJet (EZY) said in a statement that "around 90%" of its passengers prepaid the tax online or by phone, and that remaining customers will pay prior to check-in. It said "senior managers will be at airports across the UK dressed as 'Tax Collectors' explaining to customers why they are being asked to pay this additional tax."
March 2007: First Choice Airways (ATZ) of the UK, exercised options for four 787-8s, bringing its commitment to 12, and making it the type's largest European customer. "The success of our long-haul program with our upgraded Boeing 767s has given us the confidence to order 12 Boeing 787s," First Choice (ATZ), Managing Director, Dermot Blastland said. It selected (GEnx) engines for the order, which will double the size of its long-haul fleet by 2013.
(GE) Aviation said First Choice Airways (ATZ) selected the (GEnx) to power the four 787s it ordered earlier this month, with an engine order valued at more than >$125 million. (GE) said the 830 (GEnx) orders from 28 customers are worth more than $10 billion.
April 2007: First Choice Airways (ATZ) launched weekly Bristol - Orlando Sanford flights aboard a 767-300.
May 2007: The Tourism division of German company TUI (HAP)/(HLX) is to merge with First Choice (ATZ) of the UK to create one of the world's largest travel groups. Following the latest amalgamation, the new grouping will be known as "TUI Travel (TUG)" and will be based in the UK. TUI (HAP)/(HLX), which also owns the UK's Thomson (TFY) Holidays, will have a majority 51% share, with existing First Choice (ATZ) shareholders controlling the remaining 49%. Certain hotel assets will stay with First Choice (ATZ), whose CEO, Peter Long, will become CEO designate of the new company.
(We are creating one of the most profitable and efficient tourism groups in the world," said TUI (HAP)/(HLX) CEO, Dr Michael Frenzel, who will become Chairman of TUI Travel (TUG). "At just the right time, two strong partners are joining forces: We are aiming at growth and simultaneously, we will make good use of the opportunities presented by the ongoing consolidation in the European travel market."
The new company will have a combined revenue of around 12.1 billion pounds, catering for 28 million passengers per year.
The European Commission (EC) extended its investigation into Ryanair (RYR)'s proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus (ARL) Group by another 15 working days to July 4 from June 13, itself an extension from the original deadline of May 11. The extension followed (RYR)'s submission of new commitments to address competition concerns raised by the European regulator. An (EC) spokesperson confirmed that (RYR) offered extra remedies. (RYR) launched a €1.48 billion/$2.01 billion hostile takeover bid for Aer Lingus (ARL) soon after the flag carrier completed its Initial Public Offering (IPO) last September. (RYR) withdrew its bid in December, after the (EC) launched its in-depth inquiry citing "serious competition concerns" over the proposed merger of Ireland's two principal airlines. (RYR) said in February it hoped to renew its bid, when the probe was completed. It holds 25.2% of (ARL), just under the Irish Finance Ministry's 25.35%.
Conversely, the (EC) opted to clear the proposed merger of Thomas Cook (JMA)/(TCW) and MyTravel (GUE)/(PRH) Group, which will combine to form Thomas Cook (JMA)/(TCW)/(GUE)/(PRH) Group. The tie-up remains subject to several conditions, including approval from MyTravel (GUE)/(PRH) shareholders, court consent and the listing of (JMA)/(GUE)/(PRH)shares. Assuming they are satisfied, finalization is expected on June 19, the companies said in a statement.
Regarding the agreed-upon acquisition of First Choice (ATZ) Holidays by TUI (HAP)/(HLX), the (EC) expressed concern over the combined company's potential dominance in Ireland. Following last week's meeting with the Competition Case Team, First Choice (ATZ) agreed to consider specific undertakings to address that concern, including the potential sale of one of its Irish businesses. "First Choice (ATZ) and TUI AG (HAP)/(HLX) remain confident that the proposed merger will be cleared by the European Commission (EC)," the companies said, adding that they now expect the (EC) to announce its decision on whether to clear the proposed merger at Phase I, or extend it to a Phase II investigation on or before June 4. Both the combined TUI Travel (ATZ)/(HAP)/(HLX) and the Thomas Cook (JMA)/(GUE)/(PRH) Group will be headquartered in London.
Starts East Midlands - Varadero, using 767s.
TUI Group (TUG), the German tourism company that owns six airlines, placed firm orders for 11 787-8s and 50 737NGs collectively valued at $4.7 billion. The airplanes will be operated by Netherlands' Arkefly (HOL), Belgium's Jetairfly (TUB), UK's Thomsonfly (TFY), Germany's TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and Scandinavia's TUIfly Nordic (TNS). The airlines will use the 787s within Europe and on flights to Asia and North America, while the 737s will be used on short/medium-haul routes. The airplanes will be shifted among the airlines depending on need. No engine order for the 787s was announced. All 737s will be fitted with blended winglets.
Boeing (TBC) said it is working to create a training program that will allow TUI (TUG) pilots (FC) to transition from 737s to 787s "so that cross-training costs are minimized and fleet efficiency is maximized."
June 2007: The European Commission (EC) approved the proposed merger of First Choice Holidays (ATZ) and the tourism division of TUI Group (TUG), excluding certain hotel assets.
September 2007: CTT's Zonal Drying System will be installed on six First Choice Airways (ATZ) 767-300s this winter, the company said. (ATZ) currently uses the system on its A320s.
January 2008: German travel conglomerate TUI (TUG) announced that it signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Lufthansa (DLH) to combine their Low Cost Carrier (LCC) subsidiaries under one "joint and independent holding company." TUI (TUG) owns TUIfly, the combination of Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), while Lufthansa (DLH) partners with Germanwings (RFG) and Eurowings (EWG), along with Albrecht Knauf Industriebeteiligung. The latter also signed the (MOU), TUI (TUG) said. "Agence France Presse" said a mid-2009 timeframe for finalization is TUI (TUG)'s target. No other details were released, and TUI (TUG) said a binding agreement will depend on "a due diligence process and negotiations of the specific details," as well as the approval of antitrust authorities. The combination is likely designed to counter the growing domestic influence of airberlin (BER), which has expanded with the acquisitions of (LTU) and dba (DBA).
March 2008: Iberia (IBE) Handling will provide First Choice Airways (ATZ) with handling services for its 4,000 flights to Spain, during the summer and winter seasons. The contract covers all Spanish airports.
April 2008: 757-28A (32447), and A320-214 (1571), SkyService (SKB) leased.
June 2008: UK-based Thomsonfly (TFY) and First Choice Airways (ATZ) will begin operating jointly under the name "Thomson Airways" from May 1, 2009. The rebranding of the two leisure carriers follows the merger of the tourism division of TUI AG (TUG) and First Choice (ATZ) Holidays last fall. Changes will be phased in gradually with rebranding work on the fleet expected to be completed over the next two years. "Our aim is to build on the very best from these two award-winning airlines that share a very strong drive to provide a truly exceptional customer experience. By incorporating both airlines under one name, we will now operate 65 airplanes to over 80 destinations from 21 airports in the UK," said Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) Managing Director, Chris Browne, who currently is Managing Director of First Choice Airways (ATZ). Thomsonfly (TFY) and First Choice Airways (ATZ) have been operating under one UK (CAA) Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) since May 1, and will merge formally on that date next year. Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) will be the European launch customer for the 787.
For further data, see Thomson Airways (TFY).
March 2009: "Thomson Airways" (ATZ)/(TFY), the new name of the merged Thomsonfly (TFY) and First Choice Airways (ATZ), and the British Airline Pilots Association reached an agreement in advance of the May combination that will see 11 airplanes removed from the fleet. None of the 96 surplus pilots (FC) will be laid off. All (ATZ)/(TFY) pilots (FC) will take pay cuts of up to -5%, receive extra days off and be eligible for voluntary redundancy.
March 2009: TUI Travel (TUG) said it is holding "very constructive" negotiations with Boeing (TBC) regarding the delivery schedule for the 23 787s it has on firm order. "We are not seeking damages from (TBC), although the delay in the program has heavily impacted our expansion plans," (TUG) Aviation Director, Christoph Mueller said. "The 787s are part of our strategy to introduce several new long-haul destinations which we cannot serve nonstop with our current fleet."
Manchester-based, First Choice Airways (ATZ), now part of Thomson Airways (TFY) following the 2007 merger of TUI's travel division with First Choice Holidays, was due to receive its first 787 last month. That delivery now has been delayed to March 2011. The travel group is not demanding compensation from (TBC) because "it's negative," Mueller argued. "We are in very constructive negotiations with (TBC) to try to improve the situation and move the foreseen delivery schedule forwards. We are optimistic these talks will lead to a solution."
757-28A (32446) and 757-236 (29944), and A320-231 (1942), returned from SkyService (SKB).
April 2009: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) took delivery of the second of two new (CFM56)-powered 737-800s. The first airplane entered commercial service April 1. The 189-seat leased airplanes are the first new deliveries from Boeing (TBC) since last year's merger of Thomsonfly (TFY) and First Choice Airways (ATZ) and are part of a wider fleet renewal program that includes 12 787s.
757-236s (25593; 29941), returned from SkyService (SKB). A320-214 (1605), (SKB) leased. 2 A320-231s (1965, 2003), returned from (SKB).
September 2009: TUI Travel (TUG) said that it has engaged "in extensive discussions with Boeing (TBC)" regarding its 787 order book and "both parties" have agreed that 10 of its 23 firm orders will be cancelled while 13 purchase rights will be added. "This optimizes the flexibility around our long-haul capacity," TUI (TUG) said in a statement, adding that it now expects to take delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner in "early 2012." Manchester-based First Choice Airways (ATZ), part of Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) following the 2007 merger of (TUG)'s travel division with First Choice Holidays, originally was due to receive its first 787 in February 2009 and later postponed first delivery to March 2011.
The TUI Travel (TUG) cancellations will bring the number of axed 787 Dreamliner orders this year to 83. (TBC) maintains that the delayed program's first flight "is expected" by year end.
October 2009: Timco (ASC) signed a five-year contract with Thomson Airways (TFY)/(ATZ) covering maintenance and modification on its 767-300s. The contract includes a two-year option. In the first year of the program, Timco (ASC) will install (APB) 767 winglets and new in-flight entertainment systems on the 767-300s.
January 2011: The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) scored a victory by winning a vote to represent pilots (FC) at Jet2.com (JT2). (BALPA) now represents pilots (FC) at all major UK-based airlines, including British Airways (BAB), Virgin Atlantic (VAA), easyJet (EZY), FlyBe (BEE), Monarch Airlines (MON), and TUI (TUG)’s Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY).
737-8K5 (37248, G-FDZT), delivery.
October 2011: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) 757-2G5 (29379, G-OOBN) completed the first passenger flight in the UK to be powered by biofuel - - SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" ARTICLE - - "ATZ-2011-10 - FIRST BIOFUEL FLIGHT."
November 2011: SEE LATEST CABIN SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT: http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/forums/thomson-airways-safety-video-superb-27746.aspx#33820
Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) was awarded 10 heavy maintenance checks for the 2011/12 winter maintenance period, from Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY). The agreement comprises three 757 checks and seven 767 checks. (ADAT) has performed more than >30 heavy maintenance checks for Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) since 2009.
December 2011: Thomson Airways (ATZ) is one of the world's foremost leisure airlines providing extensive low-fare flights within Europe and tour charter services to more than >80 destinations throughout Europe, and taking in resort areas in the Americas, Africa,, the Indian Ocean and Australia.
3,175 employees (including 360 Flight Crew (FC), 1,200 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 200 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: BY - 754. (ICAO) Code: TOM - (Callsign - THOMSON).
Parent company/shareholders: TUI Travel (TUG) (100%).
Main Base: Manchester Airport (MAN) and London Gatwick airport (LGW).
Hubs: Birmingham International Airport (BHX); Bristol Airport (BRS); East Midlands Derby, Leicester, Nottingham Airport (EMA); and Glasgow International Airport (GLA).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Birmingham; Bristol; Derby; Glasgow; Leicester; London; Manchester; & Nottingham.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Fuerteventura; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; Madeira; Paphos; & Tenerife.
January 2012: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) will not serve Enfidha from Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, London Luton, London Stansted and Newcastle in 2012 because of low demand for vacations in Tunisia following the revolution there last year.
Amsterdam-based SkyNRG finished 2011 on a high note by partnering with Thai Airways (TII) to conduct what was called “the first passenger biofuels flight in Asia” in late December (Air China (BEJ) flew a biofuel demonstration flight in October without paying passengers). The (TII) flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai included a 777 with both engines running on a 50-50 fuel mix of bio-jet fuel derived from used cooking oil and conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. As we’ve seen before with these “first” flights, (TII) airline officials said the flight marked the beginning of a collaborative effort to develop a bio-jet fuel supply chain in Thailand. For SkyNRG, which sourced the fuel, this flight followed similar flights
by AirFrance (AFA), Alaska (ASA), Finnair (FIN), (KLM) and Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), all since July, when bio-jet fuel became standardized.
In their search for commercially viable bio-jet fuel, airlines are leaving no stone unturned in Australia. Lufthansa has signed an agreement with the Perth-based biofuel company Algae.Tec. The plan is to “jointly evaluate the potential” of Algae.Tec’s algae-based crude oil as a low-carbon jet fuel source. Meanwhile, Air New Zealand (ANZ) and Virgin Australia (VOZ) signed similar agreements with the Sydney-based biofuel company Licella, which has technology to convert a range of waste plant material, such as sawdust, corn stalks and sugar cane waste, into bio-jet fuel.
737-8K5 (37264, G-TAWA), TUI Group (TUG) leased.
February 2012: 2 737-8K5 (39922, G-TAWC; 37265, G-TAWD), deliveries.
April 2012: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) plans to first use its new 787-8s on routes from East Midlands (EMA), Glasgow Abbotsinch International (GLA), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester Ringway International (MAN) to Cancún International (CUN) and Orlando Sanford International (SFB) as of May 2013.
The TUI Travel Group (TUG) has purchased Boeing (TBC)’s five-year Maintenance Performance Toolbox for its Boeing fleet, comprising 737-800s, 737 Classics, 757-200s, 767-300ERs and 747-400s.
The Maintenance Performance Toolbox will allow TUI Travel (TUG)’s airline subsidiaries: Arkefly (HOL), Corsair (COR), Jetairfly (TUB), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), and TUIfly Nordic (TNS) in Europe, and its joint venture Sunwing Airlines (SWG) in Canada, to improve their dispatch reliability through the use of e-enabled technologies that run on the system.
“We anticipate improving our maintenance operation efficiencies through better tracking of line maintenance records and up-to-the-moment technical information,” Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) Technical Director, Jason Mahoney said.
September 2012: TUIfly Nordic (TNS) will use 787-8s of sister carrier Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) in the winter season 2012/2013 according to news reports in Sweden. (TNS) already regularly wet-leased Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) 767-300ER in winter for long-haul charter services to complement its own two 767-300ERs.
October 2012: UK air navigation service provider (NATS) has won a contract to provide tower and engineering services at London Luton Airport (LTN) for another three years. The contract was awarded following an open market tender process.
In 2011, 9.5 million passengers travelled through (LTN), with (NATS) controllers handling 99,296 flights, making it the UK’s fifth busiest airport. The contract award means (NATS) will continue to provide air traffic management services to all five major London airports. It also maintains the London Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA) which is “one of the most complex and busiest areas of airspace in the world,” (NATS) said.
Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) has retired its last remaining A320-214 (1320, G-OOAR) from service and ferried the airplane back to its home base at Luton airport. It had taken over several A320 family airplanes during the merger with First Choice Airways in 2008 but now only two A321-200s (852, G-OOPE) and (781, G-OOPH) remain in service with (ATZ)/(TFY).
November 2012: SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "ATZ-2012-11 - NEW LIVERY."
April 2013: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" MAGAZINE UPDATE - - "ATZ-2013-04 - UPDATE."
Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) will add 10 new routes across six UK airports:
Aberdeen (ABZ) – Corfu (CFU) and Dalaman (DLM);
Birmingham (BHX) – Almeria (LEI) and Catania (CTA);
Bristol (BRS) – Kos (KGS), Kevala (KVA) and Marrakech (RAK);
Glasgow (GLA) – Kos (KGS);
Leeds Bradford (LBA) – Antalya (AYT);
London Southend (SEN) – Ibiza (IBZ).
Looking at (ATZ)/(TFY)’s respective schedules at each of the six airports for June this year, and assuming no route losses, the two new destinations at Aberdeen will double the routes available to four next summer. Birmingham will increase to 42 destinations, Bristol up to 27, Glasgow rises to 25, Leeds Bradford hits 10, while at London Southend, the Ibiza route will be (ATZ)/(TFY)’s second at the Essex airport, after it launches services to Palma on 4 May this summer.
Despite the onslaught of low cost carrier (LCC)’s pedalling their panacea for airport passenger growth, many airports, including most in the UK, still rely on charter airlines to deliver a significant proportion of their annual traffic. In fact, according to UK (CAA) statistics, in 2012, 9% of the UK airport passenger traffic or the equivalent of 20 million passengers (total passenger throughput was 203 million last year) flew on a charter service. While this volume is a far cry from the 32 million using this type of airline in 2007 (13% of total traffic), it is positively light years away from the one-in-four of total UK passengers that enjoyed a package holiday in the sun in 1992.
In the last five years, only one of the six airports has managed to increase charter’s share of total traffic – namely Aberdeen. Worst affected have been Bristol and Birmingham, with these airports witnessing this traffic’s importance decline by -9% and -8% points, respectively. Leeds Bradford and Glasgow have also fallen but fared better, whereas the swing at London Southend is due entirely to the initial low volumes of traffic, and subsequent arrival of easyJet (EZY) at the airport last year which has completely changed the make-up of the airport’s traffic profile.
May 2013: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) inaugurated weekly services on the seasonal route from London Gatwick (LGW) to Jerez (XRY), the Sherry capital of Spain, on May 3rd. (ATZ)/(TFY), which offers a total of 13 Spanish routes this May from London’s second busiest airport, operates the newly launched service using 737-800s.
(ATZ)/(TFY) has confirmed it will soon take delivery of its first 787, which will enter commercial service July 8.
June 2013: Thomson (ATZ)/(TFY) began 2X-weekly, London Southend - Palma and – Ibiza service.
TIMCO Aerosystems (ASC) has installed its FeatherWeight economy (Y) and premium economy (PY) seats on the first 787 airplane that was delivered to Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), part of the TUI Travel group (TUG). The delivery is the first of eight 787s (ATZ)/(TFY) has on order, and the first to be delivered to a UK airline.
TUI Travel (TUG) has signed a commitment for 40 Boeing 737 MAX-8s and 20 Boeing 737 MAX-9s, plus options on a further 90 737 airplanes.
Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) is part of the TUI Travel PLC (TUG) and is the UK’s third largest airline operating 58 airplanes.
(ATZ)/(TFY) has taken delivery of its first of eight 787-8s (34422, G-TUIA "Living the Dream," the first to be delivered to a UK airline. The 787 will be placed into service July 8 on Manchester - Florida and Glasgow - Cancun routes. (ATZ)/(TFY) will also operate services from London Gatwick and East Midlands airports. Later this year, (ATZ)/(TFY) will introduce direct flights to Phuket, Thailand from the UK.
The 787 will carry 291 passengers and is configured with 47PC seats in the airline’s premium club cabin and 244Y seats in the economy club cabin.
(KFW) IPEX-Bank has closed a (JOL)-financing on one new 787-8 airplane for Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) with operating lessor (BBAM). Delivery occurred May 30, when the 12-year loan was signed.
July 2013: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) has begun 787 long-haul commercial operations, with two initial departures from Manchester and Glasgow. (ATZ)/(TFY) made its 787 long-haul debut with an initial service between Manchester and Florida, followed by service between Glasgow and Cancun. The flights marked the first 787 long-haul operations by a UK carrier after (ATZ)/(TFY) received its first 787 in May. “The extended flying range of the 787 Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, increasing the range of long-haul destinations available with (ATZ)/(TFY) to include Thailand, Mauritius and Puerto Vallarta,” Managing Director, Chris Browne said.
(ATZ)/(TFY) plans to operate its 787s from East Midlands, Glasgow, London Gatwick and Manchester airports, serving Orlando, Florida and Cancun, Mexico. It is also adding Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic from summer 2014.
(NWG) and Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) have removed the emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) from their 787s pending the outcome of an investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) 787 fire at London Heathrow Airport.
During the previous week starting July 15th, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recommended that the Honeywell (SGC) (ELT) on all in-service 787s should be temporarily made “inert” following the July 12 incident. Since then, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) outlined plans to have the devices removed, while the (FAA) stated it will perform mandatory inspections.
Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), which operates three 787s, has already acted on the (AAIB) recommendation. “We have ensured that all fixed (ELT)s have been removed from our 787s as instructed by the (AAIB) and we await the outcome of their full investigation.”
(ATZ)/(TFY) has eight 787s on order and is the UK launch customer for the type. “We would never operate an airplane unless we were 100% confident in its safety,” the spokesman added.
Likewise (NWG), which is operating a single 787, said it remained confident about the 787’s safety credentials. “We have currently not received any specific instructions [from (EASA)], but we have contacted the (CAA) and asked for permission to disable the (ELT). This was conducted over the weekend. Two back up (ELT)s are currently installed,” said a (NWG) spokeswoman.
There are currently four registered European 787 operators (British Airways (BAB), (LOT) Polish Airlines, (NWG) and (ATZ)/(TFY).
(ATZ)/(TFY), which is part of TUI Travel (TUG), will take eight 787s by May 2015. The 787s are configured for 291 passengers, including 47P premium and 244Y economy seats.
September 2013: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) has renewed a heavy-maintenance contract with Monarch Aircraft Engineering (MAEL) (MON).
The UK-based maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) provider will perform medium and heavy "C"-checks on (ATZ)/(TFY)’s 757s and 767s. Presently there are 16 757s and eight 767s alongside 34 737s and four 787s in (ATZ)/(TFY)'s fleets.
November 2013: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) inaugurated weekly services (Tuesdays) from Edinburgh (EDI) to Alicante (ALC) on November 5th. The route becomes (ATZ)/(TFY)’s third direct connection from Scotland’s busiest airport to Spain and its 10th link to Alicante from the UK. Utilizing 737-800s, the 1,980 km sector is flown in competition with easyJet (EZY), Jet2.com (JT2) and Ryanair (RYR), who each operate the route twice-weekly. The seasonal route is set to cease operations on April 29th 2014.
TUI Travel (TUG) has completed an order for two additional Boeing 787-8 airplanes. The new 787 Dreamliners, scheduled for delivery in 2016, will bring the group’s fleet of the type to 15.
TUI Travel operates six airlines, four of which operate, or will operate, 787 services: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), Arkefly (HOL), TUI Fly Nordic (TNS) and Jetairfly (TUB).
At current list prices, the two 787s are worth $422 million, although the group says it received a discount as a result of various concessions, allowances and support from Boeing (TBC).
Peter Long, TUI Travel (TUG)’s (CEO), said: “We have developed our strategy by putting the customer at the center of everything we do.
“The 787 Dreamliner is another example where we have led the way by enhancing the customer experience and improving environmental efficiencies, both of which differentiate us from other tour operators.” The 787s will most likely be used on long-haul leisure routes.
December 2013: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) began weekly, London (LGW) - Phuket, Boeing 787 service.
787-8 (36424, G-TUID "Angel of the Sky"), delivery.
May 2014: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) began weekly, London (LGW) and Manchester - Puerto Vallarta 787 service.
June 2014: TUI Travel (TUG) has reorganized its five tour operator airlines, which will now operate as one division. This will be led by Christine Browne, previously Managing Director Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), who has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) (TUG) Aviation Division. Captain John Murphy becomes Managing Director, Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY).
787-8 (37227, G-TUIE), (GEF) leased to TUI Travel (TUG) and sub-leased to Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY).
August 2014: Rolls-Royce (RRC) has signed a service support agreement with Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) for (RB211-535)s. The agreement has been designed specifically for (ATZ)/(TFY) and will support (ATZ)/(TFY)’s Boeing 757s for the duration of their time in the fleet.
Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) is the first European carrier to fit a 737-800 with split scimitar winglets - - SEE PHOTO - - "ATZ-737-8K5-SPLIT SCIMITAR WINGLETS-2014-08").
(ATZ)/(TFY) currently has a fleet of 33 737-800 airplanes, all configured with 189Y economy seats.
November 2014: The UK Supreme Court has rejected applications by both Jet2.com (JT2) and Thomson Airway (ATZ)/(TFY) to appeal rulings by the Court of Appeal in June relating to airlines’ liability to pay compensation after travel delays.
In Jet2 (JT2) v Huzar, the Court of Appeal found in favor of the passenger on the question of the meaning of “extraordinary circumstances” in the context of airlines’ liability for delay compensation claims.
Passenger Ronald Huzar sought compensation in line with European Union (EU) passenger rights regulations, when his flight from Malaga to Manchester was delayed. Neither party disputed that prima facie Huzar was entitled to compensation, but Jet2.com (JT2) argued the delay was caused by “extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.” (JT2) said the delay was caused by a wiring defect in the fuel valve circuit, which could not have been prevented by prior maintenance or prior visual inspection. It was unexpected, unforeseen and unforeseeable and as such, amounted to an “extraordinary circumstance.”
Previously, European national enforcement bodies (such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority) had agreed that such unexpected technical defects were outside the control of airlines and would therefore be considered “extraordinary” for the purposes of customer compensation.
(JT2) parent, the Dart Group insisted safety had always been (JT2)’s first priority, and pointed out that airplanes are equipped with duplicate and triplicate systems to minimize the potential for failure. “However, certain technical issues can prevent or delay departures. For these, the company has back up and contingency plans to minimize inconvenience to customers,” it said.
Dart said it would be making a provision of £17 million/$28.2 million in its current financial year “in order to cover potential historical claims arising from the Supreme Court’s decision. Going forward, the board estimates that the legislation may cost the Group a further £3 million - £5 million per annum. The board is currently further reviewing its options to mitigate the future financial impact on its air travel operations.”
In Dawson v Thomson Airway (ATS)/(TFY), James Dawson claimed £1,488.73 in compensation, when his flight from London’s Gatwick Airport arrived more than >6 hours late in the Dominican Republic due to crew shortages caused by sickness. Dawson sought to recover from (ATZ)/(TFY) the €600/$792 per person specified by (EU) regulation as payable as compensation for a flight of that length.
(ATZ)/(TFY) accepted that it would have been liable to make the payment if Dawson had brought proceedings in time, but argued the claim was out of time and had been discharged by virtue of a two-year limitation period contained in the Montreal Convention, which governs the liability of carriers by air.
The Supreme Court said it had refused the applications of both airlines, in the Jet2.com (JT2) case, because the application did not “raise a point of law of general public importance,” and in the Thomson Airlines (ATZ)/(TFY) case because it did not raise “an arguable point of law.”
January 2015: 787-8 (36426, G-TUIG), (TUI) Travel (TUG) leased.
March 2015: Boeing (TBC) has begun several months of flights with its ecoDemonstrator 757 to evaluate new technologies to improve commercial aviation's efficiency, reduce noise and carbon emissions. Boeing (TBC) is collaborating with UK-based leisure carrier, the TUI Group (TUG) and (NASA) (NAS) on ecoDemonstrator 757 tests.
On the left wing, Boeing (TBC) said it will evaluate technologies to reduce environmental effects on natural laminar flow as a way to improve aerodynamic efficiency. As an example, the ecoDemonstrator 757 will test a Krueger shield that can protect the leading edge from insects.
Boeing (TBC) is under contract with (NASA) (NAS)’ Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project to test two technologies on the ecoDemonstrator 757. On the right wing, (NASA) (NAS) will test bug-phobic coatings to reduce the residue left by bug strikes on the leading edges of airplane wings; the goal is to enable more drag-reducing laminar flow over the remainder of the wing.
On the vertical tail, (NASA) (NAS) and Boeing (TBC) are testing active flow control to improve airflow over the rudder and maximize its aerodynamic efficiency. Based on wind-tunnel testing, active flow control could improve the rudder's efficiency by up to +20% and may allow for a smaller vertical tail design in the future.
The (TUI) Group (TUG) is collaborating with Boeing (TBC) as a way to reduce carbon emissions. (TUG), which includes six airlines, is preparing for a low-carbon future by reducing its environmental impact and encouraging its suppliers and customers to do the same.
Later this year, Boeing (TBC) said it will announce additional tests with the ecoDemonstrator 757, which was leased for testing purposes. After the flights are complete, (TBC) will work with the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the lessor, Stifel’s airplane finance division, to recycle the 757 using environmental best practices.
May 2015: News Item A-1: The (TUI) Group (TUG) has placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus one option, and has switched two of its smaller 787-8s already on order for the larger variant.
Boeing (TBC) said the order was valued at $257 million at current list prices. Following the changes, the (TUI) Group (TUG) will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and will add the three 787-9s within the next three years.
“Adding the 787-9 to our order book enables the (TUI) Group’s airlines to continue to develop its long-haul network, giving access to new and exciting leisure destinations,” (TUI) Group Managing Director Aviation, Henrik Homann said.
The 787-9 can hold an additional 40 passengers, compared with the 787-8, and has an additional 830 km/450 nm range.
The (TUI) Group (tug) is parent to six airlines: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), Jetairfly (TUB), Corsair (COR), and Arke (HOL), which operate 144 mid- and long-haul airplanes across a network of more than >180 destinations.
The (TUI) Group (TUG) also has 60 737 MAXs on order.
News Item A-2: The (TUI) Group (TUG) plans to re-brand its five airlines under a single “TUI” brand as part of its road map for growth initiative to be achieved by 2018.
Beginning in the fall 2015, the (TUI) Group (TUG) said it will use the single branding for its airlines. (TUG) currently operates around 140 medium- and long-haul airplanes in various markets under different brand names— TUIfly (Germany) (HAP)/(HLX), Thomson Airways (UK) (ATZ)/(TFY), Arke (Netherlands) (HOL), Jetairfly (Brussels) (TUB), and TUIfly Nordic (Sweden) (TNS).
Each carrier will maintain its separate air operator’s certificate (AOC) and will remain responsible for its own crew and flight planning, but will operate under “one central organization.” Also, maintenance should be concentrated under one organization.
According to a company statement, crew and fleet would be more efficient when switched between different bases and nations, depending on demand. This should increase effectiveness of the airlines. (TUG) hopes to deliver operational efficiency improvements worth €50 million/$57 million per annum by 2018.
“A strong one-brand policy will make it considerably easier to use the airplanes of the European fleet and the crews across the individual countries, as demand requires it,” (TUG) said. “The resulting increase in the effectiveness of (TUG) airlines is to enable (TUG) to deliver operational efficiency improvements worth 50 million euros per annum by 2018.”
The (TUI) Group (TUG) said the strategy will generate more synergies by joining business units and would raise shareholder value.
Just recently, the (TUI) Group (TUG) placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus one option, and has switched two of its smaller 787-8s already on order for the larger variant.
News Item A-3: Lufthansa Systems will provide Information Technology (IT) solutions for five holiday airlines of the (TUI) Group (TUG), which include the complete range of Lido/Navigation solutions (paper-based and electronic charts as well as continually updated navigation and airport data). From the summer of 2015, the (TUI) airlines will also use the NetLine/Sched schedule management solution to optimize their fleet and slot planning. The holiday airlines of the (TUI) Group (TUG) operate a fleet of around 140 airplanes.
News Item A-4: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) began new weekly service on Monday 25 May from Birmingham (BHX) to Porto Santo (PXO), a Portuguese island 43 km north-east of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean. The new 2,541 km sector will be flown using 189Y-seat 737-800s and faces no direct competition.
2 787-8 (37299, G-TUIH; 37230, G-TUII), TUI Travel (TUG) leased.
August 2015: News Item A-1: See attached chart on top 15 destinations - "ATZ-2015-08 - Top 15 Destinations.jpg."
In terms of leading destinations (as measured by weekly departures) Palma de Mallorca is the clear winner with almost 2x- as many flights as the next airport, Dalaman in Turkey. Spanish destinations (shown in bright green) fill 5 of the top 10 places in this chart, while Greek destinations account for 5 of the top 15. Still listed in the top 15 is Enfidha in Tunisia. However, (ATZ)/(TFY) is currently not operating any flights to the country and recently announced in a press release that it has extended the cancellation of all outbound flights to Tunisia up to and including March 22, 2016.
In terms of country markets Spain (311 weekly departures) leads Greece (165), Turkey (79), Cyprus (46), and Egypt (36). Compared with last summer, the biggest growth has come on routes to Croatia, which has seen a near doubling of flights and the launch of several new routes to Dubrovnik, Pula, and Split.
News Item A-2: Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(GUE)’s summer 2016 program will see the launch of 24 new routes. These include (ATZ)/(GUE)’s 1st long-haul flights from London Stansted (to Cancún and Orlando Sanford), five new routes from Birmingham (to Agadir, Alghero, Izmir, Punta Cana and Split), 3 new routes from Bristol (to Catania, Hurghada and Sal), and 2 new routes from Doncaster Sheffield (to Heraklion and Larnaca).
News Item A-3: Analysis of Official Airline Guide (OAG) schedule data for the 1st week in August shows that (ATZ)/(GUE)’s 2 biggest UK airports in terms of weekly departures are London Gatwick and Manchester. Both of these airports have more than 2x- as many weekly departures as the next busiest airport for the airline.
June 2016: UK leisure operator, Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) has taken delivery of its 1st Boeing 787-9, taking its total 787 fleet to 10 airplanes.
The 787-9 touched down at Manchester Airport in northern England on June 28, after flying in from Boeing’s Charleston factory in South Carolina. Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) is scheduled to rebrand as TUI in autumn 2017; therefore the 787-9 is painted in the new "TUI" livery.
(ATZ)/(TFY) will initially operate the 787-9 on short-haul routes and its 1st passenger flight will be between Manchester and the Spanish city of Malaga on July 1. The 787-9 will make its long-haul debut between Manchester and Montego Bay, Jamaica on July 15.
“This aircraft is key to expanding our long-haul program,” (ATZ)/(TFY) Managing Director John Murphy said. This winter, Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) will launch holidays to Sri Lanka, followed by St Lucia, which will join its network next summer.
The 787-9 includes +45 more seats than the 787-8, taking its total capacity to 345 passengers. (ATZ)/(TFY) will be taking delivery of up to 4 787-9 Dreamliners before June 2019, so there will be 9 787-8s and 5 787-9s in the fleet.
Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), which was the UK 787 launch customer, operates a fleet of 63 Boeing 737, 757, 767 and 787s to >88 destinations in 30 countries.
October 2016: News Item A-1: "Etihad, TUI Group Plan New Leisure Airline" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann email@example.com, October 5, 2016.
Etihad Aviation Group and German holiday giant (TUI) (HAP)/(HLX) are in discussions to create a European leisure airline group, which is expected to operate 58 airplanes on point-to-point services to key tourist markets.
The partners detailed plans to combine the leisure operations of the airberlin (BER) group and German carrier TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) into a new airline group, serving destinations from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
The new holding company could be based in Austria, with Etihad (EHD) and (TUI) Group each taking a 24.9% stake. The remaining 50.2% is expected to be held by an Austrian foundation, to ensure Austrian majority ownership and maintain international traffic rights.
The still-to-be-named airline is planning a fleet of 14 Boeing 737s (currently operated by TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) for airberlin (BER) under a wet-lease agreement), 27 TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) 737NGs, as well as 17 Airbus A320 family aircraft from Austrian airberlin (BER) subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI).
(TUI) (HAP)/(HLX), Etihad (EHD) and airberlin (BER) said they intend to finalize an in-principle agreement in due course, subject to regulatory approvals, but it is understood the partnership could be completed within the next two weeks. An announcement is expected October 26. It is also understood TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) pilots (FC) will be offered jobs with Etihad Airways (EHD).
“TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) hasn’t grown in recent years. Also, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has no long-haul airplanes in its fleet, but the focus of the (TUI) (TUG) tourism business is [long-haul] destinations in Asia, for example.” As (EHD) is a long-haul carrier, the cooperation could see (EHD) flying (TUG) holidaymakers to long-haul destinations.
In a letter to employees, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) supervisory board Chairman Henrik Homann said TUI Deutschland (HAP)/(HLX)’s profits and results have been impacted for many years by substantial overcapacity in the airline industry and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)’s above-market cost structure.
“We own too much flight capacity and we’re producing it at a cost which is significantly higher than market prices. As a result, flight services in Germany for our tourism products are often available from our competitors at considerably lower prices than those offered by TUIfly to (TUI) Deutschland, with adverse impacts on our profitability and results in that source market,” Homann said.
Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member airberlin (BER) is Germany’s 2nd-largest airline and is 29.2% owned by Etihad Airways (EHD). (TUI) (TUG)/HAP)/(HLX) used to hold a stake in airberlin (BER), but this was disposed of in 2015.
In 2015, airberlin (BER) carried >30.2 million passengers, but reported a -€446.6 million/-$485.5 million loss, deepened from a -€376.7 million loss the year before. In the 1st half of 2016, airberlin (BER) posted a -€271.5 million loss. On September 28, airberlin (BER) detailed a drastic restructuring plan, which includes the outsourcing of 40 Airbus A320s to German rival Lufthansa (DLH) Group and -1,200 job losses.
TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) is part of (TUI) Group (TUG), which has a portfolio of 6 European airlines and around 140 airplanes, a distribution network of >1,800 travel agencies and online portals, around 300 hotels and 14 cruise liners.
It is understood the other (TUI) Group (TUG) airlines are not part of the deal. These comprise UK-based Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY) (63 airplanes), Sweden’s TUIfly Nordic (TNS) (8 airplanes), (TUI) Airlines Belgium (21 airplanes), TUI Airlines Netherlands (HOL) (10 airplanes) and France’s Corsair International (COR) (7 airplanes).
News Item A-2: "TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) to Shut Down Flight Operations October 7 after ‘Massive’ Flight Crew (FC) Shortage," by Kurt Hofmann firstname.lastname@example.org, October 6 2016.
German leisure carrier TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has decided to completely shut down flight operations Friday, October 7 after many airplane flight crew (FC) called in sick on short notice October 6, a spokesman confirmed. The action follows concerns about a partial merger between the 2 companies.
On October 7, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) had to cancel 47 out of 110 planned flights and airberlin (BER) canceled 90 flights.
On October 7, (HAP)/(HLX) has canceled 108 flights, comprising 54 flights leaving from Germany and 54 from tourism destinations throughout Europe.
(HAP)/(HLX) again will charter airplanes from other carriers to bring tourists back. The company said it is working to reduce the impact on passengers after many flight crew (FC) members again called in sick on short notice.
(HAP)/(HLX) also said it expects further flight cancellations. (HAP)/(HLX) said because of the wide scope of flight crew (FC) short-notice absences, it is impossible to inform passengers earlier and offer alternative travel arrangements.
March 2017: 737-8K2 (41662, G-TAWV), ex-(D-ATUP), delivery.
May 2017: 737-8K5 (35132, G-FDZD) and 787-9 (44579, G-TUIK), ex-(N1020K) TUI Travel leased.
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ATZ-767-300ER AIR 2000
ATZ-767-35E FIRST CHOICE-2006-10
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ATZ-787 THOMSON 2010-04
ATZ-787-8 - 2014-11
ATZ-A320 AIR 2000
ATZ-A320-214 FIRST CHOICE
ATZ-A321 FIRST CHOICE
ATZ-A321-211 AIR 2000
0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3) (2704-26313, G-THOE; 2707-26314, G-THOF), EX-(BZZ), (ILF) LEASED 2004-12. 26313; RETURNED. 26314; RETURNED & LEASED TO (PHX) 2009-06. 148Y.
1 737-3U3 (CFM56-3C1) (3003-28740, /98 G-THOP, 2007-07), (GEF) LEASED. 149Y.
0 737-31S (CFM56-3C1) (2942-29057, /97 G-THOG; 2946-29058, /97 G-THOH), EX-(DBA), DEUTSCH STRUCTURED FINANCE LSD 2005-04. 29057; TO AIR CONTRACTORS (HCA) WET-LST (EUE) 2010-03. 29058; TO CENTRAL CHARTER AIRLINES, A NEW CZECH START-UP 2010-03 AS (OK-CCA). 148Y.
1 737-33V (CFM56-3C1) (3094-29335, /98 G-THOO, 2007-01), (GEF) LEASED. WITH WINGLETS. 149Y.
1 737-36N (CFM56-3C1) (3107-28594, /99 G-THOL; 3112-28596, /99 G-THON), (BBB) LEASED. 28594; RETURNED. 149Y.
0 737-36Q (CFM56-3B2) (2883-28660, G-THOK; 3023-29327, /98 G-THOI), EX-(EZY), (BOU) LEASED 2005-05. 28660; 29327; TO (WEB). 149Y.
0 737-5L9 (CFM56-3B1) (1919-24859, /90 G-THOA; 1961-24928, /90 G-THOB), (TCI) LSD 2004-03. (BRI) WET-LEASED. IN THOMSONFLY COLORS. RETURNED. 131Y.
0 737-59D (CFM56-3C1) (1834-24694, /90 G-THOC "SPIRIT OF DONCASTER;" 1872-24695, /90 G-THOD "THE THREE SPIRES"), (BBB) LEASED 2004-04, (BRI) WET-LEASED. RETURNED. 131Y.
48 ORDERS 737-700/-800 (CFM56-7B):
1 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B) (41662, G-TAWV), EX-(D-ATUP) 2017-03.
1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B27) (2152-35134, /06 G-FDZA, 2007-01 - SEE PHOTO), (GEF) LEASED, WITH WINGLETS. LEASED TO (SWG) 2011-11. 189Y.
1 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B27) (2242-35131, /07 G-FDZB), (HAP) WET-LEASED 2007-04. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
9 737-8K5 (CFM56-7B27) (2276-35132, /07 G-FDZD; 35134, G-FDZA - - SEE PHOTO - - "ATZ-2012-11 - NEW LIVERY;" 2482-35137, /07 G-FDZE; 2499-35138, /08 G-FDZF - - SEE PHOTO - - "ATZ-737-8K5-SPLIT SCIMITAR WINGLETS-2014-08;" 2538-35139, /08 G-FDZG; 2849-35145, /09 G-FDZR; 2866-35147, /09 G-FDZS - - SEE PHOTO - - "TFY-737-8K5-2009-04;" 3532-37248, /11 G-FDZT; 3562-37253, /11 G-FDZU; 3686-37254, /11 G-FDZW; 3925-39922, G-TAWC, 2012-02; 3939-37265, G-TAWD, 2012-02). 35137; 35139; RETURNED. 35132; 35139; LEASED TO (SWG 2011-11. WITH WINGLETS. 189Y.
0 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (800-30637, G-XLAE), LEASED TO (SWG) AS (C-FTAE) 2005-12. RETURNED. 189Y.
4 737-804 (CFM56-7B27) (452-28227, /99 G-CDZH; 478-28229, /00 G-CDZI; 502-30465, /00 G-CDZL; 505-30466, /00 G-CDZM), (GEF), (CSL) & (BBB) LEASED. 189Y.
1 737-804 (CFM56-7B27) (1127-32903, /02 G-CDZN), (BRI) LEASED 2005-04. 189Y.
2 757-2B7 (RB211-535E4) (551-27146, /93 G-OOBI - SEE PHOTO; 552-27147, /93 G-OOBJ), (BBB) LEASED 2004-02. 233Y.
2 757-2G5 (RB211-535E4-B) (919-29379, /00 G-OOBN; 922-30394, /00 G-OOBP), (ILF) LEASED. 209Y.
1 757-2YO (RB211-535E4) (388-25240, /91 G-OOOU; 526-26158, /93 G-OOOX), EX-(GUE), 26158 WET-LEASED TO (DIR) 2000-12, 25240; RETURNED. 233Y.
1 757-2YOER (RB211-535E4) (400-25268, /91 G-CPEP), EX-(BAB), (BBB) LEASED 2002-04. 233Y.
1 757-2YO (RB211-535E4) (526-26158, /93 G-OOOX), (DEA) LEASED 2010-04. 233Y.
6 757-204 (RB211-535E4) (520-26966, /92 G-BYAH; 522-26967, /93 G-BYAI; 598-27235, /94 G-BYAO "ERIC MORECAMBE;" 600-27236, /94 G-BYAP "JOHN LENNON;" 606-27208, /94 G-BYAT "BECKY DAVEY - EMPLOYEE OF 2004;" 618-27220, /94 G-BYAU; 663-27234, /95 G-BYAW), (ILF) & (DEA) LEASED. 235Y.
2 757-204 (RB211-535E4) (850-28834, /99 G-BYAX; 861-28836, /99 G-BYAYI), (ILF) LEASED. WITH WINGLETS. 235Y.
0 757-225 (RB211-535E4) (114-22612, /86 G-OOOM), EX-(BRI), (TCI) LEASED 2000-01, RETURNED 2003-10. 233Y.
0 757-225 (RB211-535E4) (74-22211, /85 44 17 G-OOOV; 75-22611, /85 45 18 G-OOOW), EX-(EAL), (GAX) LEASED, 5 (ETOPS), WFU FILTON 2001-11. 2 RETURNED 2002-05, LEASED TO (AID) 2002-09. 233Y.
0 757-23A (RB211-535E4) (209-24289, /89 G-OOOI; 212-24290, /89 G-OOOJ; 219-24292, /89 G-OOOG), (AWW) LEASED, 1 LEASED TO (ROY), 219-24292 WET-LEASED TO (SPP) 1999-02, 24289 RETURNED 2003-07. 24292 LEASED TO (SKB) 2004-02. RETURNED. 233Y.
1 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (221-24397, /89 G-OOOZ), EX-(INT), JAPAN LEASING LEASED, G-OOOS SOLD TO AIRCRAFT LEASING 2004-04. (SKB) LEASED 2004-12. 233Y.
1 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (466-25593, /92 C-GOOZ), (BBB) LEASED 2009-04. LEASED TO (SKB) 2004-12. RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2005-06. RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2006-05. RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2009-04. 233Y.
5 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (864-29941, G-CPEU, 2002-12; 871-29943, G-CPEV, 2002-12; 362-25054, G-OOOK), (TCI) LEASED, 25054 LEASED TO (SKB) 2004-12. 25054 RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2005-04. 29941; 29943; 25054; RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2007-04. 29941; 29943; (AGAIN) LEASED TO (SKB) 2007-12. 29941 RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2009-04. 29941; 29943; TO (SKB) 2009-12. 233Y.
3 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (867-29942, /99 G-OOBG; 872-29944, /99 G-OOBH), (PEB) LEASED. 29942; 29944 LEASED (SKB) 2004-12 & RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2005-05. 29942; RETURNED FROM (SKB) (SKB) 2007-04. 29944; (AGAIN) LEASED TO (SKB) 2007-12. RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2009-03. 29942; 29944; TO (SKB) 2009-12. WITH WINGLETS. 233Y.
2 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (127-23767, /87; 130-23822, /87 G-OOOB; 162-24017, /88 C-FTDV; 180-24235, /88 G-OOOD; 802-28203, /98 G-OOOY), (ILF) & (BBB) LEASED, 1 LEASED TO (ROY) FOR WINTER. 23767 RETURNED 2002-11. 23822; 24235 RETURNED 2004-05, LEASED TO (MEX). 28203; RETURNED, LEASED TO (JMA) 2006-05. 24017; LEASED TO (SKB) 2007-12. 233Y.
1 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (549-25626, /93 G-BYAL), (ILF) LEASED 1993-05. 235Y.
3 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (950-32446, 02/01 G-OOBA - - SEE PHOTO - - "ATZ-757-WINGLETS-2009-04;" 951-32447, 2001-02 G-OOBB), (GEF) LEASED. WFU FILTON 2001-11. 32447 WET-LEASED TO (RYN) FOR APPLE VACATIONS 2002-12 TO 2003-04, 2003-12 TO 2004-04. 32446 WET-LEASED TO (SKB) 2003-11. 32447 (SKB) WET-LEASED UNTIL 2003-11. 32447; (SKB) LEASED 2008-04. 32446; RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2009-03. WITH WINGLETS. 233Y.
3 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (1026-33098, /03 G-OOBC; 1028-33099, /03 G-OOBD; 1029-33100, /03 G-OOBE), WET-LEASED UNTIL 2003-11. WITH WINGLETS. 233Y.
1 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (1041-33101, /04 G-OOBF), (GAX) LEASED 2004-04. WITH WINGLETS. 233Y.
1 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (649-28042, /97 G-OBYD "BILL TRAVERS"), WET-LEASED (GIA). 2007-04. WITH WINGLETS. 328Y.
1 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (691-28979, /98 G-OBYE), WET-LEASED (GIA). 1999-10. WET-LEASED TO (HOL) 2011-11. WITH WINGLETS. 328Y.
1 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (705-28208, /98 G-OBYF), (ILF) LEASED 2001-04. WITH WINGLETS. 328Y.
1 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (733-29137, /98 G-OBYG), (GCP) LEASED 2000-04. WITH WINGLETS. 328Y.
2 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (737-2883, /99 G-OBYH; 784-29384, /00 G-OBYJ), (ILF) LEASED 2001-04. 31PY, 284Y.
3 767-324ER (CF6-80C2B7F) (568-27392, /95 G-OOBK, 2004-10; 571-27393, /95 G-OOBL, 2005-04; 593-27568) /95 G-OOBM), (GEF) LEASED. 274Y.
1 767-35EER (CF6-80C2B6F FADEC) (434-26063, /92 G-DBLA - SEE PHOTO; 438-26064, /92 G-PJLO), (GEF) LEASED 2006-08. (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. EX-(EVA). 26063; RETURNED. 32C, 184Y.
0 767-38AER (CF6-80C2B7F) (741-29617, /99 G-OOAL "SUNRISE;" 792-29618, /00 G-OOAM), (GEF) 5 YEAR LEASED, 29618 RETURNED, LEASED TO (ARO) 2003-08. 29619 LEASED TO (ARO) 2005-05. 274Y.
0 767-39HER (CF6-80C2B6F) (488-26257), (GEF) LEASED, 26257 WET-LEASED TO (BRI) 2001-04, SOLD TO (ILF) 2001-11, LEASED TO (AEY). 274Y.
1 767-39HER (CF6-80C2B6F) (484-26256, /93 G-OOAN "CARIBBEAN STAR"), (GUG) LEASED 2009-06. 274Y.
9 +4/13 ORDERS 787-800 DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B64) (34422, G-TUIA "LIVING THE DREAM" 2013-05; 34423, G-TUIB "ALFIE" 2013-05; 34424, G-TUIC "DREAM MAKER" 2013-05; 36424, G-TUID "ANGEL OF THE SKY;" 36426, G-TUIG, 2015-01; 37227, G-TUIE, 2014-07; 37299, G-TUIH, 2015-05; 37230, G-TUII, 2015-05), 247 PC, 244Y.
1 +4 ORDERS 787-9 (44579, G-TUIK, 2017-05), 345 PAX.
0 A320-212 (CFM56-5B4/P) (671), (SKB) WET-LEASED UNTIL 2004-11.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1306, /00 G-OOAP; 1320, /00 G-OOAR; 1571, /01 G-OOAS; 1605, /01 G-GTDH), (ILF) LEASED. 1306; RETURNED. 1605 WET-LEASED TO (SKB) 2002-12, 1571 RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2003-11. 1605 (SKB) WET-LEASED TO UNTIL 2004-11. 1571 LEASED TO (SKB) 2004-12. 1606; TO (SKB) 2005-11. 1571; 1605; RETURNED FROM (SKB) 2006-11. 1571; RETURNED TO (SKB) 2007-11. 1571 (SKB) LEASED 2008-04. 1571; TO (SKB) 2009-12. ALL RETIRED. 180Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1637, /01 G-OOPU; 1777, /02 G-00AW; 2180, /04 G-OOPX), (SIL) & (ILF) LSD. ALL RETURNED. 180Y.
0 A320-231 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1372), (LOU) LEASED 2001-05. 1327; 1336; RTND 2001-12 LEAED TO (OXA). 180Y.
0 A321-211 (V2500) (835), (BMA) WET-LEASED. RETURNED.
2 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (677, /97 G-OOAF; 781, /98 G-OOPH; 852, /98 G-OOPE; 1006, /98 G-OOAI IN TRIGEMA COLORS; 1017, /99 G-OOAJ; 1720, /02 G-OOAV). 677; RETURNED. 1006 RETURNED (GEF) 2004-04. 1017 RETURNED 2004-05. 1 ORDER A321, (ILF) LEASED, 1720; RETURNED, TO (URL) 2009-05. 180Y.
0 A321-231 (V2500) (1045, G-MIDJ; 1207, G-MIDM), (BMA) WET-LEASED 2001-05, RETURNED. 24C, 194Y.
1 ORDER A330-220 (PW).
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PETER LONG, CHAIRMAN (1998-10) & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) OF TUI TRAVEL (TUG) (2007-05).
MS CHRISTINE BROWNE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, (TUG) AVIATION GROUP (2014-06).
CAPTAIN JOHN MURPHY, MANAGING DIRECTOR THOMSON AIRWAYS (ATZ)/(TFY) (2014-06) (John.Murphy@thomson.co.uk) (MANOODP).
COLIN MCKINLEY, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
SIMON BUCK, HEAD INDUSTRY AFFAIRS (email@example.com).
CAPTAIN STUART GRUBER, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
MIKE COOPER, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.
JASON MAHONEY, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
FRASER ELLACOTT, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.
CAPTAIN NICK CORCORAN, BOEING FLEET MANAGER (Nick.Corcoran@firstchoice.com).
CAPTAIN MARTIN PITT, FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER (John.Grogan@firstchoice.com).
CAPTAIN PETER HILL, CHIEF TRAINING CAPTAIN.
MS MICHELLE DRAGE, DIRECTOR CUSTOMER OPERATIONS.
MISS GLENDA LAMONT, DIRECTOR CUSTOMER SERVICES.
GRAHAM EVANS, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING (2001-06).
PAUL PRICE, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER (1996-09).
MARK GERMAN, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.