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Thomson Airways

All-class rating 6.3


  • Boarding 7.2
  • Seat for sitting 5.5
  • Seat for sleeping 3.2
  • Service 6.5
  • Entertainment 4.7
  • Food & drink 5.4
  • Punctuality 7.3
  • Baggage 7.3
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Click here to read our free guide to flying with Thomson, including what aircraft you will be on, entertainment, food, baggage allowances and more...

Thomson Airways (airline code TOM) is the world's largest charter and budget airline. Originally founded as Britannia Airways in 1962, it was rebranded as Thomsonfly in 2005 and as Thomson Airways in November 2008 following its merger with First Choice Airways.

Thomson Airways is owned by Thomson's parent company Tui Travel, the German tour operating giant that owns the Thomson and First Choice brands plus many others. Thomson Airways has now fully absorbed First Choice Airways and rebranded all aircraft.

The combined Thomson Airways/First Choice Airways flies 77 aircraft to more than 80 destinations from 22 UK airports.

The long-haul experience has been further enhanced now that Thomson Airways has taken delivery of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. These entered service in July 2013. For everything you want to know about Thomson's Dreamliner, such as seating, routes and entertainment read our handy fact file, here.

As First Choice Airways, the airline led the way in providing a standard 33-inch seat pitch in long-haul - two inches more than Virgin Atlantic or British Airways. Long-haul aircraft also offer a premium cabin with at least a 36-inch pitch.

Thomson also now offers increased leg room on its Boeing 757 fleet used on short and medium-haul routes. Two rows of seats have been removed to give extra room.

UPDATE March 2014: The increased legroom option on short-haul flights has proved popular and has now been extended to the Boeing 737 fleet. See the page for details.

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Thomson Airways user reviews

BobbySamelakPain flew Thomson Airways Premium Class long-haul, on a B787 Dreamliner

Me and wife travelled to Mexico for our honeymoon. We had travelled with Thomson... more




WendyNicholson2 flew Thomson Airways Premium Class long-haul, on a B787 Dreamliner

The a/c was a very nice experience, service,timing excellent. One negative is the... more




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