Thomson Airways’ tenth Dreamliner touched down at Manchester Airport at 09:30 (UK time) today. The airline’s Managing Director, John Murphy landed the aircraft after flying 3950 miles across the Atlantic from the Boeing Factory in Charleston, South Carolina.
Its arrival is extra special for the airline, as it is the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to enter the Thomson fleet. The 787-9 is six metres longer than the 787-8 Dreamliners and includes 45 more seats, so will carry a total of 345 customers to far flung destinations from Jamaica and Dominican Republic to Mexico.
In preparation for Thomson’s rebrand to TUI in the Autumn 2017, the aircraft arrived in the new TUI livery.
TUI Group operates a modern fleet with an average age of less than eight years and continues to invest in the latest cuttingedge aircraft. TUI was the launch customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands and is the only leisure airline globally to operate them – a key differentiator on long-haul destinations. Dreamliners are more environmentally friendly than other aircrafts, using 20% less fuel and the 787-9 can travel a further 830 kilometres in the same energy-efficient manner, to enable the airline to continue delivering a sustainable holiday experience in the air.
TUI airlines are already the most carbon-efficient in Europe. On average, TUI airlines emit 30% less carbon dioxide than the industry norm in Europe. Over the past six years, TUI has reduced carbon emissions per passenger km by more than 10% and has committed to reduce this by a further 10% by 2020.