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Thomson’s first long haul 787 Dreamliner from East Midlands Airport takes flight

East Midlands Inaugral 787 Dreamliner Flight

Tuesday 30 July 2013: Thomson Airways, the first UK airline to fly the new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner today celebrated the departure of its first long haul flight from East Midlands Airport, flying to Sanford Airport in Orlando, Florida.

Thomson operated flight TOM586 with its brand new 787 plane which departed East Midlands Airport today with 291 customers on board.

East Midlands is now one of only four UK airports to currently operate the revolutionary Thomson 787 Dreamliner aircraft – along with London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow airports. Thomson Airways will fly the state-of-the-art aircraft from the East Midlands on long haul routes to Sanford, Florida and Cancun in Mexico.

The Dreamliner is set to revolutionise air travel and leave 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.

Chris Browne, Managing Director of Thomson Airways comments: “We’re incredibly excited to be the first UK airline fly the 787 Dreamliner to and from East Midlands Airport.

Our aim has always been to make the Dreamliner as accessible as possible to our customers, who we know want to fly from their local airport. By flying the state-of-the-art aircraft from East Midlands we’re opening up a whole host of exciting long haul destinations to the region.

“The extended flying range of the Dreamliner also unlocks a host of new and exciting holiday options for our customers, who regularly tell us that they want to be able to fly from their local airport in order to have the best possible holiday experience. That’s why we have 787 flights from Gatwick serving the south, Manchester serving the North, with Glasgow for Scotland and from today now have the Midlands region covered too.

Andy Cliffe, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport said: "We’re delighted that Thomson Airways has chosen East Midlands Airport as one of only four UK airports to operate the new 787 Dreamliner.

"The highly anticipated arrival of the brand new 787 plane, which touched down on East Midlands soil this morning, is of great significance to East Midlands Airport and we're extremely proud that our passengers have the chance to fly long haul on the Dreamliner from their local airport."

Those flying on the Dreamliner are guaranteed a unique experience and we’re sure our customers departing East Midlands Airport will really feel like they’ve started their holiday in style.”

The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers. Premium Club will seat 47 in a 2-3-2 configuration, each with a 38” pitch, and Economy Club will seat 244 in a 3-3-3 configuration, each with an industry leading 33” or 34” pitch.

Thomson Airways will be taking delivery of eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners in total, up to May 2015. Thomson’s first long-haul Dreamliner flights will operate from Manchester to Florida and Glasgow to Cancun, today, 8th July.

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THOMSON AIRWAYS

Thomson Airways, the airline for Thomson and First Choice, is the UK’s third largest airline and forms part of the TUI Travel PLC group.

With a fleet of 57 aircraft consisting of Boeing 737,757,767, it serves 22 UK airports taking over five million customers away each year and operates to 88 destinations in 30 countries.

TUI UK & IRELAND

TUI UK and Ireland is the UK’s largest tour operator. Key brands include Thomson and First Choice, who between them account for half of the mainstream market within the UK and Thomson Cruises. Sub brands include Sensatori, Thomson Couples, Thomson Family Resorts, First Choice Holiday Villages and SplashWorld resorts.

TUI UK and Ireland’s airline, Thomson Airways is the UK’s third largest airline with 57 aircraft and employs over 4,000 people in the UK and Ireland including approximately 780 pilots and 2,600 cabin crew, operating to over 88 destinations in 30 countries. Thomson Airways was the first airline in the UK to take delivery of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, and became the first UK airline to operate the aircraft, commencing long haul routes from July 2013.

TUI UK and Ireland employ a team of 17,000 employees and serve over 5.5 million customers each year. Thomson and First Choice currently have from around 750 retail shops across the UK.

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