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Thomas Cook to rent military air tanker

Staff writer ▼ | June 25, 2014
The AirTanker consortium signed up its first commercial customer for A330 refueling planes used by the U.K. military, as Thomas Cook Group plans to rent one of the jets for transatlantic flights.
Thomas Cook
Thomas CookThe AirTanker consortium signed up its first commercial customer for A330 refueling planes used by the U.K. military, as Thomas Cook Group plans to rent one of the jets for transatlantic flights.


The AirTanker consortium includes Airbus Group, Rolls-Royce Holdings, Babcock International Group, Cobham, and Thales.

Thomas Cook Airlines will operate the A330 from May on routes linking Glasgow, Scotland, Manchester, England and London Stansted with Las Vegas, Orlando and Cancun, the U.K. tour operator and AirTanker said in a joint statement. The agreement in principle covers a three-year period.

The U.K. military is acquiring 14 A330 refueling planes that serve as gas stations in the sky. Nine of the aircraft have been delivered to satisfy the U.K.'s core military demand. The jets already are used to ferry troops between Afghanistan and the U.K., as well as on other routes.


 

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