Friday, May 31, 2013

PHOTOS: Thomson Airways becomes first UK airline to receive Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Thomson Airways' first 787 Dreamliner [Photo: Thomson]
Thomson Airways' first 787 Dreamliner [Photo: Thomson]
Boeing celebrated its first delivery of a 787 Dreamliner to a UK airline today, as Thomson Airways welcomed the aircraft to its fleet.

Thousands gathered to watch Thomson's first 787 Dreamliner (from an order of eight) arrive at Manchester Airport, completing its delivery flight from Paine Field in Everett.

Senior Thomson and Boeing executives, including Thomson Managing Director Chris Browne and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Marketing Randy Tinseth, were onboard the delivery flight.

A photo of the delivery is included on this page and you might want to check out this article too: First look at Thomson Airways’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

UPDATE: I've uploaded an entire photo album from the Thomson Airways Boeing 787 delivery on my Facebook (and we just crossed 1,000 fans)! Click here to visit.

"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 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."

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On 8th July 2013, Thomson's first long-haul Dreamliner 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 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.

Thomson Airways is part of the TUI Travel PLC and is the UK's third largest airline operating 58 aircraft.

MORE PHOTOS: Boeing Rolls Out First 787 Dreamliner at Increased Production Rate


  1. Yeaaaahhh, the best looking 787 ever!

  2. The second one was delivered today - one day after.

    1. Yup, the next two are right behind in June. They need to deliver the 787s backlog that the grounded created.

    2. BA's first two should be arriving on the 21st & 25th!

  3. Livery reminds me of Willy the killer whale.

  4. Good to see Boeing back into the swing of things, with the 787.

  5. This livery is awesome! Looking good Thomson, looking good!

  6. Pity Thomson did not choose RR Trent engines!


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