The world's newest passenger plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its first crossing across the Atlantic from Heathrow in February.
The plane is set to revolutionise air travel with a host of new features.
United Airlines will make the first flight from to Houston from Heathrow in February. It will also fly from Amsterdam in December.
The Dreamliner was developed at Farmborough and components are built in Hampshire, Dorset, Kent and Sussex.
Around one thousand are on order for the plane that burns less fuel and has many passenger benefits including bigger windows, more space and a new clean air system and lighting aimed at reducing jet lag.
Qatar Airways also plan to operate a 787 from Heathrow later this year and both Virgin Atlantic and BA have ordered the plane.
Thomson will be the first UK airline to fly the plane from Gatwick early next year.
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