First Dash 9 for Thomson

Thomson Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The aircraft, G-TUIJ (c/n 44578), arrived at Manchester Airport on June 28 under the command of the carrier’s Managing Director, John Murphy, who flew the jet direct from the Boeing production line in Charleston, South Carolina.

“We’re delighted to welcome the first 787-9 into our fleet,” he remarked.  “Since we took delivery of our first Dreamliner in May 2013, the aircraft has been a big hit with our customers and we’ve received excellent feedback.  We are committed to investing in our fleet to innovate our customers’ flying experience.”

The 345-seat 787-9, which wears the titles of parent TUI ahead of Thomson Airways’ rebrand later this year, is the British carrier’s tenth Dreamliner in total, joining its existing fleet of nine 787-8s.  It was expected to have entered service on the Manchester-Malaga route on July 1 before making its long-haul debut, to Montego Bay, Jamaica on July 15.

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