TS’s Lemay Hints At Expansion Of Thomas Cook Relationship
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Air Transat says there is potential to expand a code-sharing and interlining partnership deal with Thomas Cook.
“Is it possible that eventually we look at the possibility of commonality of their network with our own network?,” said Air Transat President Jean-Francois Lemay,. “I would lie to you if I said we didn’t look at that possibility. Is it going to happen? I don’t know.”
TravelWeeklyUK reports that Lemay added talks are at an early stage and the partners were not on the verge of concluding any agreement.
TS and Thomas Cook Airlines are in the first year of a seven-year deal to exchange aircraft on a seasonal basis.
This winter, Air Transat will fly ten of Thomas Cook’s A321 narrow-body short-haul planes between Canadian and Caribbean destinations, while Thomas Cook will use four of Air Transat’s larger wide-body A330s to fly Europeans to long-haul destinations, such as the Caribbean.
In the summer months, the aircraft return to their owners for use on each company’s main routes.
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