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claret on my shirt 10:59 Mon Sep 23
Thomas Cook (anyone stranded?)
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J.Riddle 4:19 Wed Oct 9
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Guardian c&p, good news for some hopefully.

Up to 2,500 jobs could be saved following the sale of Thomas Cook’s chain of 555 UK travel agencies to Hays Travel, following the collapse of the holiday firm last month.

Hays Travel, which claims it is the UK’s largest independent travel agent, has acquired all of the collapsed tour operator’s shops and will rebrand them, meaning the 178-year-old Thomas Cook name will disappear from the high street.

Hays is run by husband-and-wife team John and Irene Hays, who founded the company in 1980. They vowed to re-employ a “significant number” of former employees and insisted they could succeed where Thomas Cook had failed.

COOL HAND LUKE 1:53 Wed Sep 25
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BRANDED 12.41

Yes, we fly into Île de Ré Airport, and we do visit the island, but we usually stay in La Rochelle itself, at Le Champlain if we can get in, as it's next to the Parc Charruyer, which is a lovely walk down to the beach, and is also next to Place Verdun, for the bus to/from the airport etc, and the old town itself.
It's a brilliant short break if you've not been - we go pretty much every other year. An hour and ten minutes out of Stansted, then 15 minutes on the No 7 bus from right outside the airport doors, straight into Place Verdun. Doddle.

Mike Oxsaw 12:44 Wed Sep 25
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Nekkerman?

Krauts, aren't they?

If only we weren't in the EU - they could have ring-fenced themselves from UK failures.

Prob'ly.

BRANDED 12:41 Wed Sep 25
Re: Thomas Cook (anyone stranded?)
Il de ré?

Hammer and Pickle 12:39 Wed Sep 25
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Partner Nekkerman just announced administration as well.

Sunny uplands.

COOL HAND LUKE 12:36 Wed Sep 25
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About ten years back we were due to fly down to La Rochelle, and the flight was delayed due to problems with the aircraft. In the end, they found us another aircraft to travel in... which turned out to be the Astraeus Airlines Boeing 757 used on the 'Back In Time' world tour, by Iron Maiden, complete with Ed, and all the band's other tour livery emblazoned down its sides etc. We didn't get Bruce to fly it for us, sadly.
Everyone was busy taking pics etc when we disembarked, and the French officials were going nuts trying to get everybody off the tarmac and into Arrivals...
Coincidentally, back in the 90s, Iron Maiden had three industrial units opposite my offices in Royston, Herts, where the tour gear was stored between tours. We were familiar with the band, as they would turn up to 'supervise' ahead of loading for tours (this consisted mainly of tapping us up for tea / coffee, and standing around outside shooting the breeze). Steve Harris is a big WHU fan, and was a Leytonstone boy, like myself.

Son of Sam 12:16 Wed Sep 25
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-7500317/Wolves-face-1bn-losses-Thomas-Cook-collapse-owners-Fosun-receive-lucky-escape.html

zico 8:44 Tue Sep 24
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Really feel for those apparently being chucked out of their rooms by hotels unless they pay extra because apparently the hotels didn't get paid by Thomas Cook until "after" the holiday. Having said that there were reports TC were in trouble ages ago so as soon as you heard that I wouldn't have booked with them,

On The Ball 7:57 Tue Sep 24
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WorldCupWilly 7:20 Tue Sep 24

Don't know the basis on which they're sold, but it's a handful.

zebthecat 7:27 Tue Sep 24
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Mike Oxsaw 6:38 Tue Sep 24

Shiny new A321s.
My ex had to train on them last year.

WorldCupWilly 7:20 Tue Sep 24
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I don't know how much West Ham have lost out. Thomas Cook sold a number of seats packaged with a hotel stay. If Thomas Cook pay the club anything like they pay the hotels 90 days later then we wouldn't have received any money this season from them. They sold 320 seats a match for Liverpool.

Far Cough 7:02 Tue Sep 24
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Feel bad for those people that flew to the Bahamas with Thomas Cook :-)

Mike Oxsaw 6:38 Tue Sep 24
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This could actually have even deeper repercussions.

Their fleet, I believe, is quite new. This means that there are dozens of ready to fly aircraft suddenly available today.

Airlines waiting for a new Boeing or Airbus might be reconsidering their options and think about cancelling orders and going for one of these planes instead - especially for Boeing with their 737max issues.

Mike Oxsaw 6:38 Tue Sep 24
Re: Thomas Cook (anyone stranded?)
This could actually have even deeper repercussions.

Their fleet, I believe, is quite new. This means that there are dozens of ready to fly aircraft suddenly available today.

Airlines waiting for a new Boeing or Airbus might be reconsidering their options and think about cancelling orders and going for one of these planes instead - especially for Boeing with their 737max issues.

Fivetide 6:24 Tue Sep 24
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I know the firm has history, and people have lost job, and that's not good. But honestly, who uses a travel company and books a package holiday these days? I reckon the last time I even considered that route was about 1990. No more surprised that they are going out of business than I was to see the collapse of Our Price, Tie Rack or Blockbuster Video.

Joe C 6:15 Tue Sep 24
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, 3:49 Tue Sep 24

Completely wrong

, 3:49 Tue Sep 24
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Pickle Rick, the only way people, who have booked and paid fully for their TC holiday, will get their money back is of they have paid by credit card where the CC company becomes liable.

Any other way of paying and you join the list of creditors and at best will only get a fraction back of your original outlay.

bobbymoore 3:45 Tue Sep 24
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A friend of mine worked in the IT department at HQ.

Pickle Rick 3:16 Tue Sep 24
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What I find unbelievable is those who were due to fly with TC this week moaning about the prices going up, you'll get your money back so use it to book a holiday next year, don't bleat about it to the press when thousands are stranded and thousands have lost their jobs.

Jim79 2:39 Tue Sep 24
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Im guessing a few dozen people shot to death on a beach by extremists will certainly help your pound go further when booking to go to Tunisia these days.

Absolute YOURS

Mr Kenzo 2:13 Tue Sep 24
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*Old man is stuck in Tunisia, due to fly back tomorrow and has a flight scheduled*.

*You have to think though, whilst it's sad what's happened to the actual employees you'd have to be a fucking dick to book with them knowing there was such uncertainty*.

So Father like son then

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