21 Jul 2014

THOMSON CELEBRATES FIRST 787 DREAMLINER FLIGHT FROM NEWCASTLE AIRPORT

21-07-14

THOMSON CELEBRATES FIRST 787 DREAMLINER FLIGHT FROM NEWCASTLE AIRPORT

Thomson Airways today (21 July) celebrated the departure of the first long haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Newcastle International Airport. Flight TOM 392 took off from Newcastle headed for Orlando Sanford, Florida this morning.

Thomson operated this flight on board its plane Angel of the Sky which was named following a competition that ran in the region last year. The winner, Danielle Moore from Jarrow, was one of 288 customers who travelled on the flight. In addition to this route, Thomson Airways will also fly the Dreamliner on the first non-stop service from Newcastle to Cancun, Mexico.

The Dreamliner has revolutionised air travel and leaves holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before, with comfort and wellbeing features on-board reducing the effects of jet-lag. It can also fly much further distances than similar-sized aircraft and is more environmentally friendly, using 20% less fuel.

The Dreamliner also boasts incredible space inside the cabins, with the lowest point inside the plane measuring more than six feet. To showcase this space, Thomson enlisted the help of local ballet dancer Oliver Blake from Sunderland who performed a variety of moves inside the cabin.

Carl Gissing, Director of Customer Service at Thomson Airways comments: “We are delighted to introduce our Dreamliner to Newcastle Airport and are thrilled to be the first airline to operate this incredible aircraft from the North East. The aim has always been to ensure we offer Dreamliner services from different regions across the UK so that customers can experience this aircraft from their doorstep.

“The introduction of the Dreamliner is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience. Customers travelling from Newcastle will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service – all of which will ensure the Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: "The launch of the Thomson 787 Dreamliner is a historic milestone for both Newcastle Airport and the North East region.

"This is an amazing aircraft with the latest technologies on board which will offer our passengers a first-rate service to Florida and Cancun from Newcastle. This launch coincides with the start of the great summer getaway which will see nearly a million passengers travel through the airport over the school holiday period.

"We work very closely with Thomson to offer great products and experiences to North East travellers. I'm sure the Dreamliner will be an extremely popular choice for passengers from Newcastle."

Thomson was the first UK airline to take delivery of the Dreamliner in 2013 and launched the UK’s first ever Dreamliner flight on 8 July 2013, with customers heading from Manchester to Sanford, Florida and from Glasgow to Cancun in Mexico. Since then the fleet has made over 2,500 flights, carrying over 670,000 customers operating from Manchester, Glasgow, Gatwick and East Midlands airports to all of Thomson’s long haul destinations including Jamaica, Phuket in Thailand and, new from this May, Mexico’s Pacific Coast and the stunning Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. The arrival of the Dreamliner has been a big hit with customers with 96% rating their flight as good or excellent.

Thomson will take delivery of a further two aircraft next summer, bringing the fleet to eight. In addition to launching flights from Newcastle today, the Thomson 787 Dreamliner has also taken off for the first time from Birmingham airport this month and will take off from Edinburgh for the first time this week. From this winter, the long haul flying experience will improve further as the in–flight entertainment will be upgraded with an even wider choice of films, updated monthly and, the icing on the cake, drinks will be included free of charge in Economy Club on all long haul flights.

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