The economy seat pitch on Thomas Cook Airlines long-haul flights is to be increased to 33 inches from next May.
The current standard seat pitch on a long-haul Thomas Cook Airlines or MyTravel Airways flight is 30 inches.
The airline claims the move will mean it will offer holidaymakers an economy seat pitch greater that British Airways or Virgin Atlantic (currently 31 inches).
The increase in leg room will be introduced across the companys long-haul fleet of seven Airbus A330s.
The change will be created when MyTravel and Thomas Cooks existing airlines merge and begin operating as Thomas Cook Airlines under a single Air Operating Certificate in March 2008.
Thomas Cook will continue to offer TC Premium on all long-haul flights, which includes a dedicated cabin, priority boarding, complimentary refreshments and wide leather seats.
Tony Hopkins, director of product at Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, said: --With the introduction of Boeings 757 Dreamliners reportedly delayed until spring 2009, Thomas Cook is pleased to be able to offer the trade an enhanced in-cabin experience in time for the next summer season.
"What this innovation means is agents now have access to an enhanced long-haul offering from the most famous name in travel which they can sell to their customers with confidence."
When fully merged, Thomas Cook Airlines will operate a fleet of 45 aircraft from the UK.
by Phil Davies
Tuesday, October 30, 2007