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Sustainability put at the heart of Thomas Cook Group Airlines

The four Thomas Cook Group Airlines in UK, Scandinavia, Belgium and Condor consider sustainability as one of the most important topics of our times, and have therefore produced a video showing their efforts in enhancing support for poor and disadvantaged children around the world, natural disasters, sustainable travels and cultural exchange. The video, displaying being part of a natural cycle Group Airlines care for, is online here.

“Flying is our business and also our passion” says Kim Houmark Hansen, Head of Sustainability at Thomas Cook Group Airlines. “As airline group and part of a company offering travels around the world, we also carry a special responsibility towards society and our environment. We take this very seriously and see Corporate Social Responsibility as an integral part of our corporate culture.”

The new video is produced in six different language versions - all Nordic languages, German and English. It is available in several lengths and divided into smaller sections on aircraft of the Thomas Cook Group Airlines. It symbolically displays a little girl carrying a tree on her journey to Baan Yaplong school in Khao Sok in Thailand which is located next to Phuket – a popular tourism area and destination of Thomas Cook Group Airlines. The area belongs to the poorest ones in Thailand. The Thomas Cook Group Airlines have established a school library and are sponsoring ongoing teaching materials and computer equipment in order to provide a profound basis for the pupil’s knowledge to find a way out of poverty. As a symbol of the environmental and sustainable cycle, the carried tree is planted by the protagonist girl of the video.

To further embrace sustainable travels, Thomas Cook Airlines UK launched the “Flight of Dreams” for poor and disadvantaged children. Further, the German Group Airline Condor has developed a programme named ConTribute supporting several children projects at the destinations of Condor around the world and organizing special flights during natural disasters to directly help.

The Thomas Cook Group presented its sustainability report in the end of March 2014, which also detailed the sustainable development of the Thomas Cook Group airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines UK, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia, Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium and Condor. The implementation of numerous sustainability projects has put the four airlines in the Thomas Cook Group among the most sustainable airlines. By 2016, 25 new Airbus A321-211 aircraft of the latest generation are to be added to the Group's airlines. The latest engine technology and improved aerodynamics reduce fuel consumption, and thus also the level of emissions, and improve noise protection. The aircraft are fitted with sharklets on the wing tips that not only reduce fuel consumption, but also improve fuel efficiency by up to six percent in comparison with the current Airbus aircraft in the Group airlines' fleet. The upcoming Thomas Cook Group Sustainability Report is due on December 15th, 2014.

The Thomas Cook Group Airlines consist of four sun and beach focused leisure airlines: Thomas Cook Airlines UK , Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and Condor Flugdienst. The airlines carry 16.5m passengers per year, generating revenues of £2.8bn. The combined fleet consists of 89 aircraft and is currently undergoing a fleet renewal programme by integrating 25 brand new A321 and by modernizing the cabin interiors of the remaining aircraft of the fleet by mid-2016.

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