Thomson Airways operated (21-Jun-2013) the UK's first Boeing 787-8 passenger service on 21-Jun-2013 on London Gatwick-Mahon service. Thomson Airways' 787 aircraft are configured with 291 seats including 47 in premium club and 244 in economy club. The airline has eight 787 aircraft on order with the aircraft to be delivered up to May-2015. Thomson Airways plans to place the aircraft on services from Manchester to Florida and from Glasgow to Cancun on 08-Jul-2013. [more - original PR - Thomson Airways] [more - original PR - London Gatwick Airport]
Thomson Airways operates UK's first 787 service
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