Flying Colours (airline)

Flying Colours (airline)

Flying Colours was a charter airline in the UK. The airline began operations in summer 1996 from with a fleet of
Boeing 757-200 & Airbus A320 aircraft.

Flying Colours had several operational bases outside of its Manchester Airport headquarters, including London Gatwick Airport and Glasgow International Airport. The airline quickly established a positive reputation in the charter industry, with a fleet of newly-built aircraft and new features; Flying Colours were the first airline in the UK to have LCD TV screens in the cabins of their 757s.

In 1998 the tour operator Thomas Cook Group acquired Flying Colours Leisure Group Citation
title = Tour war hots up
newspaper = Flight International
pages =
year = 1998
date = 24/06/1998
url =
] .

Subsequently the in-house charter airline of Thomas Cook, Airworld, adopted the Flying Colours Airlines brand Citation
title = Flying Colours integrates Airworld
newspaper = Flight International
pages =
year = 1998
date = 25/11/1998
url =
] . Shortly after the takeover two ex-Airworld Airbus A321s were returned to their lessor. The airline also maintained the Airworld operating base at Bristol.

In 1999 Thomas Cook completed the acquisition of Carlson Leisure Group, who operated the charter carriers Caledonian Airways and Peach AirCitation
title = Colour change for Caledonian
newspaper = Flight International
pages =
year = 1999
date = 18/08/1999
url =
] . This led to a complete rebrand by Thomas Cook of its growing tour operation. In 2000, Thomas Cook rebranded their charter airline operations as JMC AirCitation
title = JMC eyes 757-300 deal for 2001
newspaper = Flight International
pages =
year = 1999
date = 24/11/1999
url =
] , part of a new universal customer-facing brand, "JMC".

Flying Colours ordered two Airbus A330-200 aircraft to begin longhaul operations, these aircraft arrived after the JMC rebrand.

JMC Air was rebranded as Thomas Cook Airlines in 2002. Thomas Cook Airlines UK have announced a merger with fellow Manchester-founded airline MyTravel Airways; the parent companies were scheduled to merge in June 2007 with the two airlines merging in November 2007.

Codes & callsign

*ICAO Code- MT
*Callsign - "COLOURS"


* The buttons on the cabin crew uniform were Yellow, Blue & Red. This earned the airline the nickname "Flying Buttons".
* For a short time the airline operated from Manchester Airport Terminal 2 before migrating over to Terminal 1 where Thomas Cook UK still operate from today.


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