Cabin crew lucky enough to work on the new 787 Dreamliner planes, soon to be in service through three UK airlines, are in for a treat. Design features of the Boeing-manufactured planes include high ceilings, larger windows, LED lighting and roomy stowaways.
The revolutionary Dreamliner plane is visiting three UK airports this week, giving aircraft enthusiasts and aviation professionals the chance to explore its spacious, high-comfort interior and celebrated aerodynamic design.
is on a global tour with a demonstrator 787 Dreamliner which is being showcased at Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow Airports this week. No public tours of the plane are being organised at this stage, but crowds of aircraft fans have enjoyed the spectacle from viewing galleries.
The cleaner air is achieved thanks to advances in air conditioning design, and Boeing claims it means there is less chance of dehydration for cabin crew and passengers. The flight in general will be smoother and quieter, improvements which could help reduce jetlag, the aircraft manufacturer claims.
According to Boeing, the jet can fly 52% further, burning 20 per cent less fuel and saving more than 30% on annual maintenance costs than existing aluminium machines.
cabin crew will be the first British crews to work the Dreamliner planes. The planes will be used on Thomson and First Choice long-haul holiday flights from May 2013. Thomson will start taking bookings for 2013 summer holidays to Cancun and Florida from Gatwick and Manchester on the aircraft later this week.
Thomson Airways has ordered 13 Dreamliners, while British Airways starts flying its 24 Dreamliner fleet next year, exclusively out of Heathrow. Virgin Atlantic also has the new plane on order and will start flights in 2014.
The Dreamliner can fly up to 290 passengers up to 8,500 nautical miles, making non-stop flights from London San Francisco, Perth and Shanghai possible.
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