Ben Todd, Head of Communications, Thomas Cook Airlines; TV chef James Martin; Marilyn Monroe look-a-like; and Patrick Alexander, Head of Aviation Marketing, Manchester Airport; give a glamourous send-off to Thomas Cook Airlines’ first flight from Manchester to Los Angeles on 2 May.
- Thomas Cook Airlines commenced twice-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) flights from its Manchester (MAN) base to Los Angeles (LAX) on 2 May. The 8,526-kilometre sector will be flown by the carrier’s 322-seat A330-200 fleet, and will face no direct competition. Passengers were treated to a celebration of film and fame at check-in and the gate, with Hollywood look-a-likes, classic film theme tunes and LA cooler cocktails from the bar. Creator of Thomas Cook Airlines’ in-flight meals, TV chef James Martin, was also present. Stephen Turner, Commercial Director at Manchester Airport, said: “We are absolutely delighted today to see Thomas Cook Airlines inaugural flight to Los Angeles leave from Manchester Airport, the UK’s global gateway for the North. This route makes Manchester the only UK airport outside of London to offer a direct service to LA, and offers our 23.5m annual passengers easy access to the West Coast of the USA. Furthermore it showcases the role Manchester Airport plays in UK aviation, offering a wealth of long-haul destinations, which no other UK airport outside of London has.” Thomas Cook’s Chief Airlines and Hotels Officer, Christoph Debus, said: “This is such an amazing day for our customers and our airline. We’ve invested £100 million in upgraded interiors and have a stunning new long-haul fleet, which is matched by James Martin’s fantastic new menu. We are the largest long-haul carrier from Manchester Airport and offer the best US leisure destinations for holiday makers in the north-west and will keep putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.”