- Thomson Airways
airline = Thomson Airways
fleet_size = 75 (current combined)
destinations = 80+
TUI Travel PLC
founded = 2009
Crawley, United Kingdom
key_people = Christine Brown (MD)
Belfast International Airport
Birmingham International Airport
Bristol International Airport Cardiff International Airport East Midlands Airport Exeter International Airport Glasgow International Airport London Gatwick Airport London Luton Airport London Stansted Airport Manchester Airport Newcastle Airport
Bournemouth Airport Coventry Airport Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield
Leeds Bradford International Airport Norwich International Airport
Following the merger of the Travel Division of
TUI AGand First Choice Holidays PLC in September 2007, Thomson Airways will be formed on 1 May 2009. It is a result of the merger of Thomsonflyand First Choice Airways, and will be the third largest airline in the UK. [ [http://news.travelcounsellors.co.uk/New_Thomson_Airways_brand_launched_18644154.html New Thomson Airways brand launched] ] Both airlines have been operating under the same Civil Aviation Authority Air Operator’s Certificate since 1 May 2008. Since this date integration has been underway between both airlines but rebranding of the entire aircraft fleet is expected to take over two years; the process will be conducted on a gradual basis.
Hubs, Secondary Hubs and Focus Cities
Thomson Airways will be a charter airline from 1 May 2009. It's main bases will be at London Gatwick and Manchester airports. It will also have
hubsat Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow International, London-Luton, London-Stansted and Newcastle. Secondary hubs will be at Bournemouth, Coventry and Doncaster Sheffield. Airports that will be a focus citywill be Leeds Bradford and Norwich. Thomson Airways will also operate flights from other UK airports which are neither a hub, secondary hub or focus city. They will be Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Humberside, Liverpool and Southampton.
The current combined First Choice Airways and Thomsonfly fleet consists of the following aircraft: [ [http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=summary&owner=Thomsonfly CAA Database - Thomsonfly Fleet] ] [ [http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=summary&owner=First%20Choice CAA Database - First Choice Fleet] ]
Thomson Airways will be UK launch customer for the
Boeing 787, following the 12-aircraft order inherited from First Choice Airways. The first aircraft is expected to enter service with the airline in mid-late 2010.
The airline will operate charter and scheduled flights across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North America and South America. See also
* [http://www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/press-centre/2008/thomsonfly-and-first-choice-airways-to-become-one.html Merger Announcement]
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