Thomson Airways has taken delivery of its first 787. The aircraft is the first of eight 787s on order for the UK leisure airline.
The 787 was welcomed by a crowd of thousands at Manchester Airport as it completed its delivery flight nonstop from Everett.
“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,” said Thomson managing director Chris 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.”
On July 8 Thomson’s first 787 flights will operate from Manchester to Florida and Glasgow to Cancun. 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 is configured for 291 passengers, with 47 seats in the airline’s Premium Club cabin and 244 seats in the Economy Club cabin.