First British Dreamliner flight

The first group of British passengers to fly in the new Boeing Dreamliner take off from Gatwick this morning.


More planes on the way

Thomson Airways is the first British carrier to operate the ultra-green Dreamliner Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dreamliner has been marketed as a quiet, fuel-efficient aircraft carrying between 201 and 290 passengers on medium-range routes.

Next week, British Airways is taking delivery of the first two of its 24 Dreamliners, while Virgin Atlantic is due to get the first of its 16 Dreamliners in September next year.

Thomson launches its services on July 8 Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thomson is taking delivery of eight Dreamliners and will launch services in earnest on July 8. The carrier will be flying to Orlando in Florida and Cancun in Mexico from Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands and Glasgow.

First British Dreamliner flight from Gatwick

The world's newest aircraft, The Boeing Dreamliner operated by Thomson, will depart from Gatwick flying to Minorca this morning at 8am. The plane is made form a revolutionary mixture of plastic and carbon fibre, but it's journey to the skies has been turbulent.

It entered service three years later than planned, and earlier this year was temporarily grounded after batteries on several planes caught fire.

That problem has now been fixed, and the plane given the all clear to fly again.

Thomson is the first in the country to fly the aircraft, makes less noise and burns less fuel.

British Airways also has several of the planes on order.

For passengers it offers bigger windows, more room inside and a new air and lighting system to reduce jet lag.