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Final flight for Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium

10:36 27/10/2017

Thomas Cooks Airlines Belgium (TCAB) is making its final flight this Friday evening, from Tenerife to Brussels, reports the Belgian magazine Trends tendance. For the past 15 years, the company has been transporting holidaymakers for Thomas Cook, Neckermann and Pegase.

From Saturday, Brussels Airlines will be operating flights for the three holiday companies. It was announced in March that Belgium’s national carrier was taking over the operations of Thomas Cook’s Belgian arm. This includes TCAB's two Airbus A-320 aircraft, 60 cockpit and cabin staff, as well as all it flight slots. It thereby becomes the leading carrier for Thomas Cook, operating 80% of its flights.

The takeover means Brussels Airlines increases the number of its sunshine destinations to 51. Its first will be an inaugural celebratory flight to Hurghada in Egypt on Saturday.

The first aircraft (OO-TCV) is already bearing the Brussels Airlines livery, while the second will follow in the coming weeks. As the TCAB aircraft were already listed on Belgium’s aeronautical register, they will continue to display the TC registration.

In other aviation news, Chinese airline Hainan Airlines launched three direct flights a week between Brussels Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Thursday. An inaugural ceremony at Brussels Airport was attended by Belgian prime minister Charles Michel and Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Qu Xing. The new non-stop route is heralded as an important step in strengthing Belgium and China’s economic ties. It will be operated by a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, one of the world´s most modern aircraft.

Photo: © Alan Wilson

Written by Sarah Crew