ThomsonFly was the largest charter airline in the world until 2008, when it merged with First Choice Airways
to form Thomson Airways. Born of its parent airline - Britannia Airways - ThomsonFly was established in 2004 and maintained a fleet size of 46 aircraft, operating both charter and scheduled services to 87 destinations around the world. A dominant force in the charter airline industry, Thomsonfly won awards for the best on-time charter airline and the Travel Weekly Best UK Charter Airline in 2004.
Formerly known as Britannia Airways, which was founded in 1962 and itself started life as Euravia, ThomsonFly enjoyed expansive growth throughout next few decades. The company was the first airline in Europe to fly the Boeing 737-200, and used an all-Boeing fleet throughout the 1990's, maintaining 45 planes up until 2004. The fleet comprised of Boeing 737-300, 737-500, 737-800, 757-200, 767-300ER and 767-200. The brand name Thomsonfly was founded in 2004 as part of the TUI AG group, and offered a low-cost airline which competed with EasyJet
and Ryanair. ThomsonFly Airlines operated a vast network of cheap flights to popular holiday destinations, with direct departures to Spain, the Canaries, Greece and Turkey, as well as Egypt and Tunisia, and selected long-haul destinations such as Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and even Australia. Operating out of Coventry Airport, ThomsonFly also had operational bases out of London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast, and was the first airline to fly out of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
The merger between ThomsonFly and First Choice Airways in 2008 means Thomson Airways remains the world's largest charter airline, and the third largest UK airline, after EasyJet and British Airways. Now operating out of Luton, England, the airline has a fleet of 75 aircraft, and bases throughout the country, including London Gatwick
and Manchester. Thomson Airways continues to operate an extensive network of cheap flights worldwide, with regular departures to Europe and the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.