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New revolutionary aircraft lands at Stansted for the first time

The new Dreamliner aircraft. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new Dreamliner aircraft which will be used for long-haul flights out of Stansted Airport has touched down there for the first time.

The Essex airport is about to start flights to Orlando and Cancun using the new state of the art 787 Boeing plane.

Operated by Thomson Airways it's another new addition to the expanding airport and can fly further without stopping - at around 8,000 miles.

"I don't think anyone can be as excited as a pilot picking up a brand new aeroplane which is a world class aeroplane.

This is the epitome of aviation at the moment. The Boeing 787 is in a class of its own.

This is a world leading composite designed aeroplane that flies higher and faster - this is it, it doesn't get much better than this."

– Stuart Gruber, Head of flight operations, Thomson Airways

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer


Stansted prepares for big Easter getaway

Customer service staff at Stansted Airport have been gearing up for one of their busiest periods of the year.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

Around 280,000 people are expected to use the Essex terminal over the four day Easter period.

The aim of the customer service team is to get passengers from pavement to plane as quickly and efficiently as possible and to keep queues to a minimum.

Calls for faster trains between London and Stansted

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Wire

Bosses at Stansted Airport are calling for faster and more efficient trains over the next four years.

They made the call as the competition to decide who will run our trains when the franchise runs out next year gets underway.

They say they want to reduce the journey times between from London to 40 minutes by 2019 and run an early morning service seven days a week

Teenager in court on terror charge

An 18-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with a terror offence after she allegedly tried to join Kurdish militants fighting in the Middle East.

Silhan Ozcelik, of Highbury Quadrant, Holloway, in north London, was arrested at Stansted Airport after she arrived on a flight from Germany on January 16.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

She is accused of travelling by Eurostar from St Pancras to Brussels on October 27 and then attempting to join the guerrilla army in the Kurdistan Workers' Party - known as the PKK - which is fighting against Islamic State in Syria.

This organisation is proscribed by the UK authorities as a terrorist group.

Ozcelik faces one charge of engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to an intention to commit acts of terrorism contrary to section 5 (1) (a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

Wearing a black and cream coat, blue shirt and black trousers, she spoke only to confirm her name, age and address during the short hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

District Judge John Zani remanded her in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on April 1.

As she was led away from the dock she smiled and appeared to mouth: "It's OK," to her brother, who followed proceedings from the public gallery.


Teenage girl on terror attack charge

An 18-year-old woman arrested at Stansted Airport has been charged with preparing to carry out a terrorist attack during October 2014, police have said.

Stansted Airport Credit: PA Images

Silhan Ozcelik, of Highbury Quadrant, north London, was arrested at the Essex airport after she arrived on a flight from Germany on 16 January.

She was taken to a police station in London and bailed the following day.

A police statement said that the alleged offence took place between 1 October and 27 October 2014.

She will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court today.

Essex: Passenger numbers top 20 million at Stansted for the first time since 2009

More and more passengers are using Stansted Airport according to new figures. Credit: PA

More and more passengers are using Stansted Airport according to new figures.

Over 326,000 customers passed through the Essex airport last month - a rise of more than 28% compared with the same time last year.

Stansted handled just over 20 million passengers in the 12 months ending in January - that's a 13% rise.

It's also the first time that the airport has recorded such figures since 2009.

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