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Published on November 6th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Airliner Experience – Thomas Cook Hangar Visit

A V I A T I O N – E V E N T

Thomas Cook Airlines – Main Hangar & Maintenance Facility – Manchester Airport, UK

& The Runway Visitor Park – Group Tour

After a lengthy period of discussion, Airliner Experience has finally obtained permission from Thomas Cook Airlines, for an Enthusiasts Group Visit to the airlines Main Hangar & Maintenance Facility at Manchester Airport UK.

This exciting Tour will take place on Wednesday December 6th 2017 and will include a group visit to The Runway Visitor Park located on the far side of the airport.                                                

The Main Event

It has taken considerable negotiation, spanning almost two years to receive agreement and invite from the very top at Thomas Cook Airlines for an Enthusiasts Group Visit inside the airlines Headquarter Maintenance Facility. Early morning and late evening flights with Ryanair (or Aer Lingus) will take us to and from Manchester. The popular and successful Medium & Long Haul airline operate a range of interesting aircraft consisting of numerous “heavies”.

Once Airport Security has been accessed, the group will enter this enormous Maintenance Hangar during the busy winter programme. Thomas Cook Airline staff from Engineering, Flight Deck and Management Departments will be on hands to meet and greet. The group will enjoy a company presentation and Q&A session. 

The airline operates a range of Airbus and Boeing types including Boeing 767-300, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A320-200 and the ultra rare, extra long, only European operated, Boeing 757-300

A tour of the Powerhouse Bay will be conducted where aircraft engines such as Trent CF6-80, CFM-56 & RB211 are present. Bore-scope demonstrations performed on Compressor, Combustion Chamber & Turbine will be arranged. 

The Extra Ingredient

Prior to the main event at Thomas Cook, the plan is, after breakfast in the airport Terminal for the group to travel by local link bus (£2) to The Runway Visitor Park for a period of aircraft spotting at the dedicated viewing structures during morning arrivals and departures. Of course BA’s flagship Concorde (G-BOAC) is displayed here along with an RAF Nimrod, Hawker Siddeley Trident, Avro RJX & Monarch DC-10 forward section. Aircraft which frequent Manchester Airport daily include Emirates A380, Virgin B747, Singapore B777, Pakistan B777, Saudia B777 & Dreamliners of Thomson, Jet Airways & Hainan Airlines, not to mention Lufthansa Cargo MD-11’s.

If you are interested please let me know ASAP

Registration process will be through Airliner Experience.

For this exciting opportunity to experience the entire fleet types up close operated by long-haul UK airline Thomas Cook Airlines and to visit the airlines HQ facility with engineering displays and enjoying the sights and sounds of visiting aircraft at The Runway Visitors Park – Don’t miss out – Join us ! 

For more details including Outline Itinerary and to Register Your Interest email


About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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