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Unknown74
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RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Unknown74 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:32 pm

With all the news regarding Thomas Cook is/ was there there not some arrangement between the RAF and Thomas Cook regarding the A.330s?

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by MRTT » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:41 pm

The arrangement is/was between Air Tanker and Thomas Cook.

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Mike » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:49 pm

Condor operate G-VYGK at present and Jet2 have G-VYGL & G-VYGM.

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Ghost from above » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:44 pm

These aircraft are owned by Air Tanker and leased if there is spare capacity under an agreement with Thomas Cook. Therefore these aircraft are not owned by Thomas Cook and will return to Air Tanker. With the shortage in planes caused by the 737 max I doubt it will be too long before another Airline comes knocking at the door asking to lease them.
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by EGVP » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:15 am

There is no agreement with Thomas Cook, because it's Condor Flugdeinst that lease the aircraft.

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Post by tm74sqn » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:34 am

But isn't Condor Thomas Cook's German airline? Condor itself may not be too healthy - it has just applied for a 200 million Euro bridging loan from the German government in an effort to keep flying!

Interesting times!

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Nighthawke » Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:55 am

I've just posted this link on the Civil Aviation forum - may be of interest regarding Condor's possible future:

https://simpleflying.com/what-will-happen-to-condor/

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by igorski » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:03 pm

G-VYGK just returned to Brize on an AirTanker callsign, coincidence?
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Yammer » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:06 pm

G-VYGK just returned to Brize on an AirTanker callsign, coincidence? - was it calling TOWLINE
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by igorski » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:08 pm

Not sure as no radio, ADSB c/s was TOW.
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by big john » Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:23 pm

Yammer wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:06 pm
G-VYGK just returned to Brize on an AirTanker callsign, coincidence? - was it calling TOWLINE
Calling Towline 332paaaapa in a very posh voice. :D
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Yammer » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:04 pm

P suffix may suggest a positioning flight
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Thunder » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:38 pm

Maybe being used on repatriation flights with a RAF crew, not sure if that would be allowed under CAA rules though?

Where are Airtanker actually based is it Brize?

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by MRTT » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:41 pm

Brize is indeed correct, yes.

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Dave Smith » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:43 pm

Being returned to Airtanker. Expect TC vinyl to come off in th next day or two and returned to suport RAf trooping flights.

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Andy_99 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:50 pm

Dave Smith wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:43 pm
Being returned to Airtanker. Expect TC vinyl to come off in th next day or two and returned to suport RAf trooping flights.
It'd be a good photo op to put the pods back on & go off tankering in Airline livery.

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by nitro999 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:53 am

G-VYGK Just departed Brize as Tow333P. Heard it go OTT Swindon but cloud base too low to see it. Heading South East.
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by jpickers56 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:38 am

Showing on FR24 and appears to be heading back to Frankfurt at 09.37.

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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by big john » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:05 am

Condor have secured a bridging loan to keep operating. For how long?
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Re: RAF/ Thomas Cook?

Post by Jules_UK » Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:39 am

Andy_99 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 7:50 pm
Dave Smith wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:43 pm
Being returned to Airtanker. Expect TC vinyl to come off in th next day or two and returned to suport RAf trooping flights.
It'd be a good photo op to put the pods back on & go off tankering in Airline livery.
:) there's a bit more to it than that...…. ;)

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