One of the most advanced passenger planes in the world has landed at Newcastle International Airport. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been specially designed to make it quieter and more fuel efficient than any other airliner in its class
The visit was the first time the aircraft has come to the North East. It is expected that the 787 will be used by Thomson's for holiday flights out of Newcastle next year.
Richard Wilson reports.
Andy Lord, Operations Director at British Airways
Graeme Mason, Planning & Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport will act as a standby location if the Dreamliner needs to divert it's course due to an emergency.
One of the most advanced passenger planes in the world landed at Newcastle International Airport this morning.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been specially designed to make it quieter and more fuel efficient than another airliner in its class.
Today's visit was the first time the aircraft has come to the North East.
It provided an opportunity to give valuable training for crews and time familiarise themselves with the latest technology.
Aviation enthusiasts gathered at Newcastle International Airport this morning to watch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner land in the North East for the first time.
A drunk airline passenger has been told by a judge he committed a dangerous offence when he stole life jackets from an easyJet flight.
Alexander Bolam was flying from Bristol to Newcastle Airport after drinking 10 bottles of larger last month.
The 23-year-old took four life-jackets from under the seats when the plane came into land.
The theft was only discovered when air hostesses checked under the seats before the next flight.
It has been revealed that Captain Pete Barnes, the pilot who died in a helicopter crash in central London this morning, spent time working in the North East.
In 2004 he helped rescue a motorist from a flooded ford in County Durham, while working for the Great North Air Ambulance.
He also flew the Newcastle Traffic & Travel helicopter as the Voice of Metro FM and worked as a helicopter instructor.
Newcastle Airport has called on the government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) to help regional airports.
From next April, Air Passenger Duty will rise to £13 per head from the current £12, for any internal UK flight and short haul destinations to Europe.
Going much further is already very pricey. A family of four flying to the States currently pays £268 in tax compared with just £38 for a similar journey from France.
Newcastle Airport's Graeme Mason was one of a number of regional airport executives to give evidence before the Commons Transport Select committee. He told MPs the biggest single immediate difference ministers could make to the success of local airport would be a cut in Air Passenger Duty.
Durham Tees Valley airport have expressed their "acute disappointment" over their lack of funding from the Regional Growth Fund.
The airport were hoping for a £5.9m grant in support of its Southside development.
“The Airport has now been notified officially that the Regional Growth Fund bid for £5.9m in support of the Southside development was unsuccessful.
"The Directors expressed acute disappointment and will be seeking an explanation for the decision.
The Board also reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing the Southside scheme which is vital to providing sustainable aviation at the Airport.”