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Old 9th Jun 2018, 10:15
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Originally Posted by GKOC41 View Post
These guys know their contracts rely on on time performance and TC also plan to have spare capacity to mitigate AOG's. They will also bring in any aircraft that are around for charter e.g. Titan.
The problem with a flight to the Greek Islands and back is the crew will unlikely have the hours to fly into BHX then to Greece and back so you need notice to organise aircraft and crew.
As you head into the weekend the chances of this happening become less and less.
The only consolation is that a charter airline will eventually get you there. If it was a loco the flight would be cancelled and the punters left to their own accords.
Absolutely and also worth pointing out although the World Cup hasn't started there are not many spares around - Titan alone at BHX have been busy with one-off charters, two yesterday and a 767 and 757 today so not much capacity spare there.

Good news at BHX, NVZ is fixed and en route on today's flight and yesterday's Heraklion also airborne although nearly 22 hours late.

VEC at Manchester appears to still be tech.

Also not limited to Thomas Cook, TUI down a 737 at EMA and the spare 757 has just left BHX to pick up the schedule.

It seems everyone trying their best, just a run of tech aircraft but great to see MT, TUI and Jet2 have back-ups.

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Old 14th Jun 2018, 10:33
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Friend of a friend should have neen on the MAN-JFK flight today, but reckons itís cancelled. Anyone know why?
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 12:44
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Originally Posted by Curious Pax View Post
Friend of a friend should have neen on the MAN-JFK flight today, but reckons itís cancelled. Anyone know why?
Thomas Cook cancel Manchester Airport flight to New York

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said: ďOur flight from Manchester to JFK this morning (MT2848) has been cancelled due to a technical fault. We are extremely sorry to our customers for the inconvenience and disappointment this will cause. All customers will be refunded in full and those who would like help with an alternative Thomas Cook Airlines flight can call our contact centre. Customers who independently book alternative flights with other airlines can contact our customer relations team to claim any difference in cost.Ē
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 13:19
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According to the article in the M.E.N. there were 310 passengers for the flight. The VS flight's SDT is 13.50 and it would be surprising if some of the TCX pax couldn't be accommodated on that assuming it was a B747 as planned
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 13:48
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Sorry why is Thomas Cook cancelling a flight a news article on the M.E.N. Airlines do this day in day out the world over.
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Old 14th Jun 2018, 17:01
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Originally Posted by goldeneye View Post
Sorry why is Thomas Cook cancelling a flight a news article on the M.E.N. Airlines do this day in day out the world over.
I agree that the cancellation of a single flight does not warrant headline news. Of some concern though is the wider punctuality performance of Thomas Cook's West Coast routes, which seem to be struggling to operate to schedule. Having experienced moderate delays myself in both directions traveling MAN-LAX-MAN last month, and noting regular knock-on and tech delays of 1-2 hours on the SEA/SFO/LAX sectors, it does make me wonder if the programme is too ambitious for the fleet and crews available. It may be the beach holiday DNA showing through, but given that they are in code-share and partnership agreements, with pax connecting on at both ends of these particular routes, that really needs sorting.
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 20:01
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I thought Thomas Cook had at least one spare A330 aircraft at Manchester for the summer season? (Reported in Jethros)
Is that no longer the case?
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 21:16
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Originally Posted by garry8g View Post
I thought Thomas Cook had at least one spare A330 aircraft at Manchester for the summer season? (Reported in Jethros)
Is that no longer the case?
G-TCXB has been at MAN since Tuesday morning, which is unusual at this time of year. Presumably the tech issue the TCX press release alludes to. A HiFly 330 was due to position in on a TCX flight number this evening which may also be related.
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 06:45
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9H-AGU Hifly A330-300 has arrived in Manchester this morning to starts itís wet lease for the summer
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 09:53
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Originally Posted by irishlad06 View Post
9H-AGU Hifly A330-300 has arrived in Manchester this morning to starts itís wet lease for the summer
I wonder why this mornings fuerteventura flight is delayed then showing next info 1300
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 12:17
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TCX Hi-Fly @ MAN

Not a good start for the leased A330 then? Today's Fuerteventura flight is delayed until 16:30 and is now operating on TCX A321 G-TCDV
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 13:09
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I take back my comment about Charter Airlines getting you there eventually....
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Old 18th Jun 2018, 22:58
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Originally Posted by SJL26779 View Post
Not a good start for the leased A330 then? Today's Fuerteventura flight is delayed until 16:30 and is now operating on TCX A321 G-TCDV
think it was due to position info Manchester yesterday evening with crew but for some reason it didnít. It landed about 0430 this morning local with a load of crew on it so maybe that had something to do with it.

I know the A321 recovered the FUE - either some passengers havenít travelled or it was only booked to a A321 load.
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Old 19th Jun 2018, 06:52
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I know the A321 recovered the FUE - either some passengers haven’t travelled or it was only booked to a A321 load.
Majority were booked onto this, Also heard rumour the rest were shipped back on various LS flights. Would have though TCX would eat their own hat rather than pay the competition
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Old 19th Jun 2018, 17:48
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Airlines do cooperate wit in situations like this - they know there will come a time when Jet2 are looking for seats and TCX will help them out
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Old 19th Jun 2018, 20:50
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A coincidence that all of these delays are occurring now that tax have got rid of their own engineers?
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 15:21
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No, no coincidence at all. Thomas Cook have made a monumental mistake getting rid of their line maintenance engineers, and are now seeing the result.
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 17:24
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Thomas Cook JFK-MAN cancelled 14th June 2018

Some in TCX will recall that I flew the MYT A330 from its introduction until 2004. We generally did a pretty good job, I think, but occasionally something would go horribly wrong and our passengers were put through the most appalling situations. I vividly remember a full planeload in Barbados, awaiting our much delayed MAN while the flaps were fixed. The cabin temperature was through the roof because the APU was u/s. The unpleasantness was shocking, both in what we were doing to our passengers and what they were saying to us.

On that aircraft there was also an ongoing problem with nosewheel shimmy, always responded to with "Pressures checked, report further". At 90 knots, the shimmy was so serious that I felt we had to stop. If we had, I think we would have genuinely pushed some passengers over the edge and into a breakdown. By 100 knots, the shimmy had somehow eased and off we went to MAN. From home, I called my boss and implored him to stop the aircraft departing for Jamaica without a new pair of nosewheels. He failed - so instead, 12 hours later, they sent some down to Jamaica from Bangor Maine by Learjet after the crew quite rightly refused to take it. Does this sort of thing still go on today, I wonder?

Okay, so on holiday in New York, you can quite imagine how I felt to awaken last Thursday (14th June) to find an email from Thomas Cook saying sorry, flight cancelled, refund on its way, rebook your own way home (call if we might help you with this), goodbye. Or words to that effect. The CAA specifically states that passengers cannot be abandoned abroad, yet there we were. No mention of accommodation or meals or other expenses, nor of refunding the air fare difference, nor of the official EU compensation for lateness caused by last minute cancellation.

New York was full, flights packed and local prices absurdly high. Quite scary. In the event I rapidly cobbled something together that got us same day out of New York and home via Lisbon, arriving at MAN only 7 hours later than originally planned. However, that was the result of some experience, a bit of boldness, a healthy credit card or two and faith that TCX would at some point refund me the $2000 that I had to pay. To many, such a process would be utterly terrifying.

For the rest of the day, the sequence and content of various emails beggars belief. Early on, the 600 euro EU compensation was mentioned together with an online way to claim it, but with no mention of claiming anything else. A bit later, I was told that I had cancelled our booking, not TCX. Around lunchtime, TCX emailed to say that another carrier had not been found and wouldn't be, but confirming a refund - well, I had easily found TAP via Lisbon, why hadn't they? At teatime, climbing into our taxi for JFK, I read that we had been put on a Lufthansa flight to Munich the following day, but with no further details - we would find out about everything else only on check-in 24 hours later. Twice I emailed that we would not need this flight, without acknowledgement.

The icing on the cake: I now receive daily emails asking me how good my flight was!

My reason for writing all this? Quite simply, I am horrified. I sympathise with whichever under-resourced department has to sort out the minutiae of 600+ suddenly cancelled passengers, but there has to be a better way than this. Writing to Customer Services would, I believe, be a complete waste of time. If there is someone out there with direct access to the "top" at TCX, please do send it in their direction. I have a lot of affection for the A330 operation that we started at MYT (or was it still Airtours?) in 2000 and it hurts to see its legacy being mishandled. If I receive a PM, I'll certainly respond and co-operate with any kind of informal query.

Thank you for reading!
Bob

PS Well done Colin Dawson for making it through :-) (see above)

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Old 20th Jun 2018, 20:51
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I have received a PM but it won't let me reply, your settings maybe?
Or you could PM me an email address.

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Old 20th Jul 2018, 16:36
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Boston and Seattle not on sale for Thomas Cook for Summer 2019. Can anyone confirm if they are being dropped?
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