Gatwick Airport yesterday welcomed the first regular-service of a long-range aircraft which is 60 per cent quieter than other planes.
Passengers can now fly on the Thomson 787 Dreamliner to Cancun and Orlando, Florida. Scheduled services to Phuket will be launched later in the year.
Flights to Cancun and Orlando, Florida will provide passengers with a new in-flight experience, from dynamic LED lighting that can mimic dawn and dusk and up to 34 inches legroom in economy and 38 inches in premium.
The aircraft also has environmental benefits as the 787 Dreamliner has a reduction of twenty percent in fuel and CO2 emissions and offers a 60 percent smaller noise footprint.
Gatwick and Thomson already serve Cancun and Florida, but from today (Wednesday) passengers will be able to fly to these popular leisure destinations on a scheduled long haul service on the Dreamliner, before a new, direct route to Phuket is opened for the winter in November.
For summer 14 Thomson will also be introducing routes to Mauritius and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, flying from Gatwick on the Dreamliner.
The Dreamliner is set to revolutionise air travel, offering more access to direct flights to new destinations that are further afield. Airlines, which plan decades ahead, are investing heavily in these new generation long-range aircraft.