The original Thomas Cook Airlines was founded on the 1st of September, 1999, commencing operations in late March, 2000, while MyTravel Airways was founded in 1990 as Airtours International Airways, and rebranded as MyTravel in 2002.
The “new” Thomas Cook Airlines was formed on the 30th of March, 2008, after the merger between Thomas Cook AG & MyTravel Group PLC, which took place in June, 2007.
Operations started in 2008’s summer, using a fleet of Airbus A320, A321 and A330 aircraft, as well as Boeing 757s and 767s.
Thomas Cook Airlines’ aircraft are usually leased out during the winter season.
As of late December, 2009, there are no deadly incidents recorded involving this airline.
In January 2011, by the Thomas Cook Group confirmed an initial order for 12 Airbus A321 aircraft. Six new Airbus A321 aircraft joined the fleet in December 2013 for the summer 2014 season.
In October 2013, the Thomas Cook Group introduced a new brand symbol, the “Sunny Heart”. A new white, yellow and grey livery, with the new symbol on the tail fins, replaced Thomas Cook’s blue globe logo.
In November 2013, Thomas Cook Airlines UK launched new routes from Manchester to the Caribbean and announced new destinations from London Stansted Airport for the summer 2014 season.
In June 2014, marking a new era in a journey as one of the most loved airlines in the UK, the name of the website changed from flythomascook.com to thomascookairlines.com.
For the winter 2014/15 season, Thomas Cook Airlines UK will introduce long-haul flights from Manchester to Varadero (Cuba) and Montego Bay (Jamaica).
In the summer of 2015, Thomas Cook Airlines UK will launch across all Thomas Cook Airline’s long-haul routes the brand new Premium service (advance seat reservation, priority check-in, brand new seating with 35 inch seat pitch, premium meals and drinks, etc.).
In 2016, Thomas Cook Airlines’ long-haul expansion with new routes to the US was supported by a new long-haul aircraft, an Airbus A330 equipped with 49 seats in Premium Class and 246 in Economy Class. In addition, 4 Airbus A321s completed the refurbishment of the short- and medium-haul fleet.
In October 2017, it was announced that Thomas Cook Airlines UK would open bases at London Luton Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport to fill the gap left by Monarch Airlines which had ceased operations.
Starting November 2017, Thomas Cook Airlines started offering on short- and medium-haul flights Economy Plus, a new product that will provide customers with additional services such as priority security lane, check-in and boarding, an increased hand luggage allowance and free checked baggage allowance and complimentary in-flight drinks and premium James Martin meal.
In February 2018, Thomas Cook resumed flights to Tunisia three years after all flights on UK airlines and package holidays were canceled after two terrorist atrocities aimed at tourists in the summer of 2015.