Thomas Cook is to launch its new airline on March 30, operating 42 aircraft from 11 bases in the UK.

Thomas Cook Airlines, formed after Thomas Cook’s merger with MyTravel, is set to carry 2.9 million passengers this summer to 78 destinations.

The first flight will go from Gatwick to Reus in Spain at 5.05am on March 30.  There will be a special reception before boarding.

Thomas Cook Airlines managing director Frank Pullman said: “Over the coming months we have a number of changes scheduled, all of which will add to the customer’s enjoyment and comfort, such as increased seat pitches and new cabin crew uniforms.”

A wider choice of movies on long haul flights and a new selection of in-flight products will be available. Those travelling in premium cabins will enjoy duvet quilts instead of blankets and u-shaped pillows.