July take-off for first Dreamliner

The long wait for a UK airline to finally be able to operate Boeing's problem-hit new ultra-green Dreamliner plane will end on July 8.

On that date Thomson Airways will begin Boeing 787 Dreamliner services, using the aircraft to fly between Manchester and Orlando in Florida and between Glasgow and Cancun in Mexico. Some, but not all, 787's are powered by Derby-built Trent 1000 engines.

Thomson had to scrap all its planned Dreamliner flights for May and June 2013 after battery smoke emanating on two Dreamliner flights operated by Japanese carriers led to a grounding of the world's 787 fleet and a halt to deliveries.