Welcome to this very special flight report.
I wasn't going to make a report from this flight I made in September 2018 because I didn't take much photos. But due to the collapse off the iconic Thomas Cook Airlines, I felt I have to make a small report about this wonderful airline. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible situation.
I would like to dedicate this report for all the TCX staff, holiday makers and fans off the airline.
Wishing all the best to the staff in the future.
This trip report took place September 25th 2018 from Gatwick to Mallorca, Spain.
I gathered screenshots from videos I made from the flight, so the quality won't be that good.
But anyway, lets start!
Starting the flight very early in the morning at 6:35am
I knew Thomas Cook would be retiring the last remaining 757-300 from the fleet and transfer to German sister airline Condor.
So I had to fly one more time before it left.
Registration G-JMAB in the Condor livery ready for the transfer few after this flight.
I flew on this exact aircraft to Rhodes back in 2011.
Boarding was a fairly quick process, walked straight on with no delays and greeted by the cabin crew then took my seat.
Not long after taking my seat the doors closed, cross checked and push back began.
Whilst taxing to the runway, we past a fellow airline aircraft. Airbus A321 in the hybrid livery design off half Thomas Cook and Monarch Airlines.
This aircraft belong to the also defunct British airline, Monarch Airlines.
Thomas Cook took on several aircraft's into the fleet and decided to keep half the designs on the planes.
Many people called this the "Monarch Cook" plane.
Now looking back at this, it makes me think did Thomas Cook know back then in 2018 they was going to be in huge financial debt and couldn't paint the aircraft in full Thomas Cook design?
We got priority clearance to take off before the other flights that morning. love this line up off easyJets with the one Norwegian Air hiding at the back.
In no time at all we hurtled down the runway and into the sky.
A little bit off mist forming over the wing as we lifted up.
We climbed up whilst flying making a sharp right turn towards the coastal town off Brighton and over the English Channel.
Lets briefly talk about the cabin inside this rare aircraft.
The legroom unfortunately on Thomas Cook aircraft's were poor. I couldn't barely move my legs!
As you can see in the photo bellow, I couldn't put my whole hand between my knees and the seat in front.
Apart from the lack off leg space the seating was very comfortable leather.
You can see how old this aircraft is, aged 17 at the time off the flight.
The overhead unit had the old standard fittings, three reading lights, air vents and two service call bells.
One little feature I did like was the little peg hooks on the seats in front, handy to hang my rubbish bag on!
Lets take a little look at the snacks menu.
Thomas Cook offered a very good variety savoury/sweet snacks buy on board service at average airline prices.
I opted to get the Tortilla Nachos for £2.30 which came with a little pot off tomato salsa by Heinz…It was tasty!
It also came with a little cup off water for free.
After the two hours passed and having the fellow passenger next to me, pretty much laying all over me sleeping and full off a cold!
we began our decent into Palma Airport.
With a speedy approach and a bumpy landing, we made it to the Mallorca.
Passing a few Thomas Cook aircraft's as we vacated the runway and towards the terminal.
Parked up next to a Canadian operator Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800, operating for TUI Airways.
And that was it! The flight ended quickly and I hoped onto the bus taking me to arrivals.
Thinking what a fantastic flight flight I had with Thomas Cook (in Condor design) and being most likely my
last ever flight on the rare Boeing 757-300.
But now turning out also to be my last ever flight with the wonderful Thomas Cook Airlines.
After passing through passport control I made my way to the bus stop to take a 5 minute ride to my hotel in Can Pastilla.
I spent 3 wonderful days planes potting and soaking in the Spanish sun.
Also super sad to see these photos off two other airlines that have since ended under a year after I saw them landing at PMI.
Germania Airlines and Small Planet Airlines.
That's the end off this short but special.
Thank you very much for reading this report and hope you enjoyed it!
I want to dedicate this report to all the staff that worked for this wonderful airline. I wish you all the very best in the future.
Until the next flight report,
Keep Smiling and Flying!
Thomas Cook Group
1841 - 2019