The 757-300 has been with Thomas cook since 1999, Seating 275/280 passengers in an all economy configuration, the aircraft have had a cabin upgrade since I last flew with Thomas cook back in 2008. In recent years the airline has transferred all but 2 B757-300s to Condor. Thomas Cook generally fly the aircraft to Turkey, Egypt Spain, and the Canary Islands during the summer period. The hunt begun to track down where the B757-300 would be flying on the dates that I had off work. I managed to hunt down flights for just £37.99 to Palma (Although I added extras which bumped the price to £47.98)
It was a very early start at Gatwick airport, working at Gatwick, I already knew which gate the flight would depart from so there was no rush to the gate. This was the first flight of the season to Palma for Thomas cook. The flight only had 176 passengers, so there were 104 empty seats which meant lots of space, I paid to sit in row 14 which for me gives a perfect engine and wing view and you can appreciate the sounds of the RB211 as it roars down the runway.
Boarding begun nice and early, I found the gate staff to be unhelpful, Although they are not Thomas Cook staff. We boarded nice and early, I was greeted by the friendly cabin crew. The slimline seats offer more legroom then older seats, I found the seats comfortable, I am not the tallest person so found the legroom plentiful for me but if over over 6ft it might be a bit tight.
Thomas Cook offers no inflight entrainment so on longer flights I would recommend bringing your own entertainment, The inflight service was great, I prepaid for a inflight meal as it was a early flight. The meal was very nice, the only negative was the portion size, when I last flew Thomas cook the prepaid meals were bigger, but that was the only negative I had. The food was good quality and tasty, you will also get offered tea or coffee. The crew were efficient at serving the inflight meals. If you chose not to pay for inflight meals Thomas Cook do offer other food and drink items to buy, which are fairly priced, they have a great selection to chose from.
The perfect view as we approached into Palma! Once we landed into Palma the crew allowed me to have a look around the flight deck (I have dispatched this aircraft before, but I do love the 757 flight deck) Overall I would recommend Thomas Cook, great fares and a good variety of destinations from Gatwick and other UK airports. The crew were very friendly and the aircraft was comfortable and clean. I will defiantly fly with Thomas Cook again.
The 757-300 is becoming rare within Europe, Thomas Cook and Condor being the only airlines to operate the type. There are also talks that Thomas Cook will be sending the 2 U.K based 757s to Condor and they will be replaced by A321’s so if your a fan of the 757 like I am, I would highly recommend getting a flight on the aircraft while you can.