Thomson Airways of Britain has taken delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline has eight Boeing 787s on order. They will be deployed on long haul flights to the United States, Mexico, and Thailand.
Thousands gathered to watch Thomson's 787 Dreamliner arrive at Manchester Airport, completing its delivery flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, in the United States. Senior Thomson and Boeing executives were onboard the historic first flight.
"After much anticipation, we are very excited to welcome the 787 Dreamliner to our fleet and as the first airline in the UK, hope our customers will enjoy the unique experience of this revolutionary aircraft," says Thomson Managing Director Chris Browneid Browne.
"The extended flying range of the Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, increasing the range of long-haul destinations available with Thomson Airways from four UK airports. Customers will be amazed at the unique look, feel, and service – all of which will ensure the unique Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft."
Unparalled Passenger Comfort
The aircraft was welcomed on arrival at Manchester by several key officials.
"Today's 787 delivery represents a very significant milestone in the ongoing partnership between Boeing and Thomson Airways," says Todd Nelp, Vice President of European sales Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Thomson becomes the first UK airline to operate the 787, the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient commercial jetliner ever built. Thomson's passengers will experience unparalleled levels of comfort with the 787's improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude, and enhanced ventilation systems."
Thomson will launch its first long-haul Dreamliner flights on 8 July 2012 from Manchester, England, to Florida in the United States and Glasgow, Scotland, to Cancun, Mexico. Thomson will also operate services from London Gatwick and East Midlands airports.
Later this year, the airline will introduce direct flights to Phuket, Thailand, from the UK.
The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers and is configured with 47 seats in the airline's Premium Club cabin and 244 seats in the Economy Club cabin.
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