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Thomson 1st 787 DreamLiner: MAH-LGW First Flight  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 32039 times:

Dear readers and fellow tripreporters,

welcome to the first tripreport on the brandnew Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Thomson Airways, from United Kingdom! For me, also a first time encounter with this aircraft!

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Thomson 1st 787 Dreamliner: MAH-LGW


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UK based leisure airline Thomson Airways, part of TUI group, took delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on May 31, 2013. Part of an order of 8 aircraft, G-TUIA was the first Boeing 787 on the British register. The delivery flight was from Paine Field to Manchester.
Thomson announced that the first intended longhaul flights will start from July 8, to Florida and Mexico, with 47 passengers in Premium Club Class and 291 passengers in Economy Class seats.

Prior to the regular operations, a couple of training flights for crew were operated to various UK airports and also Hanover in Germany. But more interesting was the day that I found out a couple of commercial flights within Europe on this new aircraft. That made me and some friends decide to book on the first day of operations, a daytime flight from the Mahon to London Gatwick. I think it would be mostly interesting and a good way to find out more about this aircraft.

Some more information about Thomson and their Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the history of flight can be seen when you click on this image:




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On this trip, my friends and fellow a.netters MEA-707 and DunaA320, as well a few other a.netters were joining. Me and MEA-707 decided to fly in the day before on KLM and JET2 via Manchester. The flights may be covered in a seperate tripreport at a later moment.

Friday June 21, 2013


After a night in a Maó hostel and a nice breakfast in the old town and in the sun, it was time to take the public bus service (fare: €2.60 payable at driver) to the airport. The bus runs every 30 minutes. We arrived at the airport just 15 minutes later.

Mahon Airport & Check-In


4 desks were open for check-in. It took about 30 minutes to get served, the lines were moving slowly. In the building we got annoying company of a group of people asking attention for the high unemployment rates.
The check-in desks had some decoration in place mentioning about this special flight.

The boarding pass was printed in Iberia stock, unfortunately.


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Lucky people in line checkin’ in for the 787 flight... (most of them are not aware of it)



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Thomson set up posters to tell us about it!



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How about this sign above check-in?
Well, tripreporting is media as well. I’m in the correct line here!



Off to security then, which was a breeze and took little time only.

Departure Lounge & Boarding


After security you'll end up in a taxfree store first, no way to get around of it. Once in the waiting lounge you'll find several shops and bars, as well great views on the apron.
It was clearly British 'changing day' on the island with loads of British charters around.

Our gate was 16, at the far corner of the building, and it offered a great view on the apron and, the aircraft that was awaiting us! Nicely positioned in the bright sunlight, with matching updated TUI colours under the blue sky!


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The expected DreamLiner is in already and being serviced


Some festivities were held on the apron for VIPs and press, a band was playing. For us, only a red carpet and some great photo opportunities would remain...


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Is here something to celebrate?



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How about another in full size?



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Thomson was all around this day, also in their previous livery


Boarding was called for early and we could go on the apron and move freely, nobody bothered us when taking pictures of ourselves or the aircraft.


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Boarding at gate 16



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Getting closer now to this beauty



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A striking livery, a beautiful wing, a beautiful day!



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Up and close with the 787-8



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GEnx engine to power up this bird...



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Let’s go on board now!


Once the green light was given to board, I felt honoured to be the first passenger to board this beautiful aircraft

        



























Flight Thomson Airways - TOM4537
Date 21.06.2013
Route MAH-LGW
Aircraft Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Registration G-TUIA
Scheduled Departure Time // Actual Departure Time 12:35 // 12:35
Scheduled Arrival Time // Actual Arrival Time 13:55 // 13:48
Class of Service Economy Class
Seat No. 39A


Notes:

- Seat 30A, 30J (emergency row), 37A and 37J are without windows
- Row 39 have 2-seaters pairs AC and GJ
- Seatpitch: a generous 34"
- No crewrest facility on ship TUIA, TUIB, TUIC (others do get crewrest areas)



The Flight



Welcomed as being the first passenger, by friendly male crewmembers. I got directions to my seat. A good impression already now.

The cabin for Economy Class is split up in 2 sections, having a set-up of 3-3-3 seats in darkblue leather, with adjustable headrest and a 34" legroom. Impressive!
The seatback reclines (also in the last row). Additionally every seat has personal inflight enetertainment (IFE), with loads of audio, video and games loaded. The touchscreen works smoothly and navigates quick and easy. There is a connection for USB and iPod.


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Mid-cabin section is Economy Class



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Aft cabin section of Economy Class



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Legroom in Economy Class is 34”



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Row 39 has 2-seaters



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A new type of door for the lavatory as well on this aircraft



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The aft galley is huge!



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The passenger doors are huge as well


Before departure, the captains takes a microphone in mid cabin to welcomes us 'personally' on this brandnew state-of-the-art aircraft. In 2 hours he would fly us to London at an altitude of 43,000 feet. He mentioned about the quietness of the engines, which would certainly guarantee a comfortable flight.


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Welcome from the captain himself prior pushback


Then one of the crew offers me the last row of 2 (originally I was in another row), so I was free to move myself when taking pictures during the flight. I accepted his offer of course.




We block-out exactly on schedule and interesting enough, the safety briefing was done manually! I did not expect it honestly. In the meantime (I know, it’s not good) I check what’s inside the seatpocket:


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Safety card and IFE information/explanation



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”Inflight” magazine, the menu or “What’s on?”



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Pushback and a 787 in the ‘mirror’


And man, what is the Boeing 787 quiet indeed! During taxiing and flight, only the sound of the blowing airconditioning is what I hear. It is comparable to the Airbus A380 noise level though.
We taxi to the active, runway 19R (the other runway, 01R-19L is closed and used as taxiway). We must hold short for an arriving Thomson Boeing 767-300 and BA Cityflyer Embraer 190, before we can line up and spool up the engines!


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Compare ourselves with a Boeing 737-800



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Holding short for a company Boeing 767-300 that flies in



The departure is very smooth and other from other passengers I hear some 'oh' and 'ahh' when we take skies.
What followed were some great views of the Balearic island Menorca, from which we just took off...


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Off we go!



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Leaving the island of Menorca behind



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Just something blue, or it’s the sea! Banking sharply towards the Northwest



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Menorca is insight again



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How about this? You can also find the airport on this picture


During the flight we were handed out a questionnaire first, not specially related to this particular flight. During the handout, the windows were blinded (controlled by crew), and mood lighting was shown to us.


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Start menu of the IFE system



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Windows dimmed, and demonstration of mood lighting...



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Or you prefer this mood?



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... or don’t you have a mood today?



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Premium Club Seating



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Time for some music, I think...


On behalf of the airline, a free drink of choice was offered, however no champagne. I got a rose wine with ice. Really nice to have this offered. Normally it would be for sale.


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... music goes nicely with a drink



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The music continues when I check the flightmap.
Multitasking works well in this IFE system


During the flight there was also taxfree sales. The snap-together Boeing 787 aircraft model was sold out quickly, I overheard. It seems they're doing good business with it!

I must say, together with us only a few other 'geeks' were onboard taking pictures and everything. The crew were real good to us, letting us free in doing the tripreporter-job! A photomoment in the cockpit was offered after landing already.


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The wing and engines are so good looking!



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GEnx engine at work at 43,000 feet



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New wing design, looks great isn’t it?


After 1h30 minutes approximately we started our initial approach for Gatwick. Clouds were all around, like a blanket over Britain. No good views anymore till final approach. From the flight map I find out that the temperature is 18°C, overcast low clouds. Not really nice.


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Final approach for Gatwick runway 26L


Landing is done smoothly on the concrete of runway 26L, followed by interesting braking of the 787, where one can see the interesting construction of the wing.


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Some breaking power is shown. Look at the wing!


The cabin crew welcomed us after our first DreamLiner experience, followed by a welcome from the captain. They invited us onboard future DreamLiner flights with Thomson to try out the great product. Soon we arrived on stands, about 10 minutes ahead of schedule!


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According the flightmap we’re almost there!



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Arriving on stand 111





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That brings also my first DreamLiner experience to an end. Before disembarking we get ourselves in the cockpit, and captains seat! Pictures taken, and some good informative talk with the copilot done. He was a proud man, being able to fly this bird.


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Captains seat HUD (Head Up Display)
The 787 has 2 of these displays


After Flying


Thank youThomson Airways for bringing your new aircraft on selected European routes for training purposes. For us it was a great way to get in touch with the new product.
Special thanks go to crewmembers David and Simon in the back, for nice talk, showing the galleys new features and attentive service. Thanks for the golden coin  , thanks also to 1st officer Phil for your time on the flightdeck with us. Hope you do many comfortable and safe flights on the 787's.
And I don't know all your names, but thank you all crew on TOM4537. You were a great team on this flight. Very welcoming, attentive, friendly and proud people, it was definitely showing!


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A last view... taken from the famous bridge. G-TUIA prepared for another flight to MAH


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I would highly recommend this aircraft for longhaul flights, don't be afraid to get uncomfortable. The cabin, IFE and crew will give you a good time onboard in the air!

Thanks for reading, of course questions, your feedback or comments are welcome and appreciated a lot.

Regards,
Eric   


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
48 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineRufusisgod From Ireland, joined Nov 2008, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32011 times:

Great Trip report on what looks like a very nice aircraft to fly in. 34" in Y is fantastic.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27125 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 31960 times:

Hey Eric  

Great report and fab crisp quality photos. The engine one is amazing.

Glad you had a good time and the Thomson interior looks very nice with decent seats and legroom.

Thanks for putting up so fast also .  

Regards

Philip


User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 31916 times:

Hey Mr Lightning Fast.

An amazing report to get completed so fast and with such quality.

That TOM livery sure looks cool on that bird. I have been gazing up at them a few times this week as a couple of them have been flying over my place on approach to MAN during crew training flights.

It looks to have a nice interior for charter standards and a good complement of entertainment at hand.
Nice to hear the crew were so proud of their new toy and were more than happy to let you rip with the camera.

Thanks for the fast report.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently onlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 31857 times:

Hello Eric,

It was good to meet you today! Congratulations on beating the rest of us to the trip report podium. A very interesting read.

My 15 minute video is taking a while to encode!

Christian.  


User currently offlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 31745 times:

Thanks for a wonderful trip report!

The Thomson 787 looks great and I am impressed with the 34 inches of legroom, even more generous than most of the major US and European airlines. For a holiday airline, it certainly looks amazing.

Thanks for sharing!

Carfield


User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 31707 times:

Great Report Eric!

Amazing how you posted this so fast! Great pics, I caught this aircraft on it's delivery flight to MAN before I left. Hopefully I can get to fly one someday. Thanks for sharing this.



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 31658 times:

Hey Eric,

I'm glad you got to experience this beautiful bird and thank you for being so quick at putting this together for our enjoyment!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
On this trip, my friends and fellow a.netters MEA-707 and DunaA320, as well a few other a.netters were joining.

What can be better than enjoying such a special occasion with a bunch of similarly-minded friends!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(most of them are not aware of it)

Its kinda ironic isn't it? So many of us have tried or have been trying to fly the 787 only to be denied by missed connections, cancellations and the months-long grounding of the 787 fleet, while several hundred (thousands?) of people who don't give a damn about the 787 get to fly it every day!  .

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
, nobody bothered us when taking pictures of ourselves or the aircraft.

As they should!  .

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I felt honoured to be the first passenger to board this beautiful aircraft

Congrats! Wow, that makes it even more special!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
And man, what is the Boeing 787 quiet indeed! During taxiing and flight, only the sound of the blowing airconditioning is what I hear. It is comparable to the Airbus A380 noise level though.

It's hard to imagine how this must feel like! It must be somewhat surreal.

Thanks again Eric. This was fun to read.

Stojan



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11672 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 31580 times:

Nice to read your report, shame I couldn't be there in person. A bunch of meetings and work came up here in the UK which more than filled my plate, so I had to skip my week in Menorca.

The 787 looks great, sure I will get to fly it a bunch of times in future.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
How about this? You can also find the airport on this picture

Both of them - old and new. I can also see our house  


Dan  



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User currently offlineTPAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 31536 times:

Great TR!! Nice to have this up quickly, was looking forward to it. Overall, it looks fantastic, given the nice pictures you took closeup to the slick livery, and the cabin looks clean, and nice. I am definitely surprisingly impressed by what Thomson has provided on this beautiful aircraft. Complete TR, and looking forward to more trips you would share with us.

User currently offlinebritboy2 From UK - England, joined Jun 2013, 1 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 31458 times:

It was great to meet a fellow A.netter for the first time , wonderful pictures .

From

David at the back  


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 31291 times:
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Hoi Eric,

Nice to see yet another report from you and what a great one with many stunning pictures!! Thanks for putting this up so fast  
Flew the 787 myself back in November with United and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the aircraft after the whole hype around it, but great to hear you like and enjoyed it!  

Looking forward to your next report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineTay52 From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 30887 times:

Great report, as usual and such clear photos. What kind of camera do you use? The quality is outstanding!

Best Wishes,

Jean


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6436 posts, RR: 38
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 30689 times:

Hi Eric,

Well done, great TR and so quickly up here! I'm surprised at the access you got onboard.. You went everywhere!

A pity the window looks horrible to shoot through with the reflection.. The mood lighting looks fantastic. And good to see another user of that IFE system.

Thanks for sharing!


Cheers,
Nicholas



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User currently offlinejfidler From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 30565 times:

Great TR and up so quickly! I had two questions:

1. I noticed the seatback in economy class have a no smoking logo next to each IFE. Was that a sticker? If so, I wonder why it was done that way -- seems almost like an afterthought then.

2. When you recline the seat, does the seatback recline back into the area of the person behind you, or does the seat cushion instead slide forward? I know the latter is getting popular on newer models.


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 30368 times:

Hola Eric!

Great to see your first report on the B787 up so fast.

Interesting the choose MAH and not PMI for this first flight, I assume in PMI they would not have had so much room for all the inauguration display and they would have had too many AB planes on the pictures.

The engine picture is really beautiful, it seems it was really well cleaned for the flight.

The interior looks really nice, the seats seem comfortable and if legroom is 34'' that is far superior to any other Y service around. Like the mood lighting as well.

Thanks very much for this beautiful report and the tips on the seats with no windows.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1002 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 30253 times:

Amazing trip report Eric! The 787 looks like an amazing bird to fly in, at the Thomson livery looks soooo good. Great also the efforts by Thompson on this first flight. I am getting really excited about my DY787 flight next month!

User currently offlinetobbry From Sweden, joined May 2008, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 29700 times:

Great report! My 787 flight is on aug 1st.

Tobias


User currently offlineby738 From Tonga, joined Sep 2000, 2364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 29149 times:

Nice report. Wonder if ZB/MON are wishing they hadn't cancelled theirs !

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6597 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days ago) and read 28131 times:

Hi Eric!

Thanks for a great report with fantastic pictures ! Very nice that you were on their inaugural flight and that you were the first passenger to board.

I have to agree with Brendan; I have one flight on the 787 and I was not too impressed. VERY cramped. But your report almost make me want to try it again. Sooner or later I will.

Thanks for posting about this very special flight !

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1364 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 27686 times:

Hi Eric,

what a great repot. The plane looks wonderful, the mood lighting very funky however   Not sure I would like to have so many colors at the same time on a longhaul flight, but I guess they can "moderate" the colors, too  

Found the seats not really looking comfy to be honest, but picutres do not really tell. But the cabin is spotless, what else to be expected  

I agree it's a very quiet plane. When I flew it on LOT I must clearly say "This aircraft is different". Had not the same feeling the first time on the A380 i.e.


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1313 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 27405 times:

What a great report! Inaugurals are always fun.

I must say that even with the charter airline with bust configuration, the interior of this plane looks good.

Thank you for shearing, Jonathan



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6829 posts, RR: 77
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 27095 times:

Hi Eric,

fantastic report, great work! Congratulations on logging this bird on its first passenger flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Getting closer now to this beauty

And it's a beauty indeed, in contrast to this stretched A330 with new wings and ugly nose...  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Some festivities were held on the apron for VIPs and press, a band was playing.

Nothing beats the Bavarian brass band playing in honor of the LOT 787 visit to MUC...  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
- Seat 30A, 30J (emergency row), 37A and 37J are without windows

Always good to know where these seats are!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin for Economy Class is split up in 2 sections, having a set-up of 3-3-3 seats in darkblue leather, with adjustable headrest and a 34" legroom. Impressive!

This is impressive, hadn't expected to see that on Thomson.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Once the green light was given to board, I felt honoured to be the first passenger to board this beautiful aircraft

I can imagine how you felt. How did it smell? I still remember that when I was among the first passengers to enter Lufthansa's brand new D-AIMB.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A new type of door for the lavatory as well on this aircraft

Yes, I noticed that on LOT's 787.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
He mentioned about the quietness of the engines, which would certainly guarantee a comfortable flight.
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
And man, what is the Boeing 787 quiet indeed!

It's too quiet, unfortunately...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

The departure is very smooth and other from other passengers I hear some 'oh' and 'ahh' when we take skies.

That didn't happen on the LOT flights, but on my first EK A380 flight and the special LH A380 flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

On behalf of the airline, a free drink of choice was offered, however no champagne. I got a rose wine with ice.

Wine with ice???

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
New wing design, looks great isn’t it?

Absolutely fantastic.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before disembarking we get ourselves in the cockpit, and captains seat! Pictures taken, and some good informative talk with the copilot done. He was a proud man, being able to fly this bird.

Very good. The LOT guys were so proud and happy as well.


PH



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2445 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 26959 times:

Nice TR, well done!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
decided to fly in the day before on KLM and JET2 via Manchester. The flights may be covered in a seperate tripreport at a later moment.

Yeap - would be nice to read as well; especially about JET2!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No crewrest facility on ship TUIA, TUIB, TUIC (others do get crewrest areas)

AFAIK the B787 will be used on the long haul flights - so why no crew rest? any idea?


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 26675 times:

Hoi Eric

Nice to see the Thomson 787 online! Looks like a great way to fly.
I will most probably be looking into logging my first 788 as well.
Nice you where able to log the inaugureal.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently onlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 25, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 26671 times:

Hi Eric,

great report and congrats for being on this special flight. I think the 787 looks really beautiful in Thomson's colors. Also good to read that they made a little celebration there before the flight.

Thanks a lot for sharing
CaptainRed


User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 26, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 26175 times:

Hi Eric,

Very nice report here, and as others have said very timely. I should take note; I am about three trip reports in arrears!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, tripreporting is media as well. I%u2019m in the correct line here!

It would be nice if A.net trip reports were regarded as such!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
updated TUI colours

The new scheme really is good. Will this be rolling out to all their a/c or is it just a 787 thing?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I felt honoured to be the first passenger to board this beautiful aircraft

You flukey so and so ... Well done on getting that accolade. Makes the flight that little bit more special.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The wing and engines are so good looking!

They are indeed. Really awesome in-flight pics.

Cheers


User currently onlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 27, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 25472 times:
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Hi Eric,

Great read and pictures, had I not been travelling to EDI on Friday, I'd have been on that flight with you!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
In the building we got annoying company of a group of people asking attention for the high
unemployment rates.

- Can you elaborate?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A new type of door for the lavatory as well on this aircraft

- I made note of this on my NH TR's some time back, your picture does it better justice.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 28, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 24472 times:
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Haai Eric,

Now that was a really interesting read accompanied with excellent photos! How cool to get on the 1st pax flight in this type and airline. The cabin looks quite good, the colors are kept in accordance with the livery without being too ‘holidayish’. Except for the mood lighting, it makes you feel like you’re in a night club, let that be a good or a bad thing   Nice to see the ground and cabin crew being relaxed in letting you take pics of every corner out- and inside the plane. And a nice flight deck visit as a bonus, it couldn’t be better!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Thomson set up posters to tell us about it!

Of course this is noticed by the enthusiasts but how many regular pax would see it/care about it?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, tripreporting is media as well. I’m in the correct line here!

Lol, so true!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
For us, only a red carpet and some great photo opportunities would remain...

Isn’t that all we need on these occasions 

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
G-TUIA

That reg is so appropriate! Would it be purely accidental?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No crewrest facility on ship TUIA, TUIB, TUIC (others do get crewrest areas)

Oh? So does that mean that these ships don’t do longhual?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Captains seat HUD (Head Up Display)

Cool pic. Was it switched on especially for you  

Sultanils



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1272 posts, RR: 1
Reply 29, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 23364 times:

Hey,

That looked like a lot of fun! Great photos of what appears to be a great aircraft. Interesting that the cruising altitude was so high for a (relatively) short flight. The mood lighting looks fantastic, practically speaking however, I have to wonder if it is enough to read or eat with?


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User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1107 posts, RR: 8
Reply 30, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 23033 times:

Fantastic report! Comprehensive, well-written, and the photos are phenomenal. Not to mention this was an inaugural flight!

I am very impressed with the Y product offering from Thompson. It looks much more like a top-tier legacy carrier than a budget holiday charter airline.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before departure, the captains takes a microphone in mid cabin to welcomes us 'personally' on this brandnew state-of-the-art aircraft. In 2 hours he would fly us to London at an altitude of 43,000 feet. He mentioned about the quietness of the engines, which would certainly guarantee a comfortable flight.

Very nice touch. It's nice how enthusiastic they were about the 787.

Thanks a lot for putting this together.


User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4342 posts, RR: 35
Reply 31, posted (1 year 4 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22714 times:

Hey Eric,
Nice to have been able to join you on this occasion, a whirlwind 31 hours in which we logged 4 flights, Manchester, Mahon and London before being back home. I am impressed you had the energy to finish this report right after you came home on friday.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
In the building we got annoying company of a group of people asking attention for the high unemployment rates.

The first minute I thought it was part of the 787 celebrations... before hearing the drums were made to sound annoying and not festivityish, indeed it seemed a union thing.
That 40 minutes wait at check-in was horrible, meanwhile missing to see the 787 land. In these times of OLCI and hand luggage travel I forgot how much time I lost checking in in the late 1990s   . Guess Thomsons typical passenger has too many luggage and buggy's to make OLCI and check in machines work well.

Quoting zkojq (Reply 29):
The mood lighting looks fantastic, practically speaking however, I have to wonder if it is enough to read or eat with?

There are individual reading lights. They'll probably use mood lighting for evening flights and in the 30 minutes at dusk when starting breakfast service before landing to wake up people more pleasantly. This 'show' was only for about 3 minutes as we had an early afternoon flight in bright sunlight.
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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1342 posts, RR: 12
Reply 32, posted (1 year 4 months 6 hours ago) and read 21880 times:

Hi there Eric,

Nice report and brings back the memories of when I tried out the LOT Dreamliner. Great that the crew gave you free reign. Seems like TUI are really trying hard to give themselves a decent product there - and it looks as though they have archived it with that aircraft. Looks a step ahead of the likes of VS and BA and I wouldn't mind giving them a go next time I fly out to Florida.

I've thought all along that most of the passengers onboard the Thomson Dreamliner wouldn't have a clue about the significance of what they're flying on, and I get the impression from this that appears to be the case!



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User currently offlinenimool From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 4 months 2 hours ago) and read 21708 times:

I really want to fly this aircraft one day sooon! i wished that BA would set their 787s for DXB bound too  


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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 34, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 19992 times:

Hoi, E.,

let me join the number of comments. Sure a well done experience and story together with also great pictures.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineflyforever From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 19461 times:

Hi airbuseric, great trip report indeed!!!! The day before I was flying between Gatwick and Venice and suddenly and unexpectedly I saw the Boeing 787 Thomson parked a bit far away...


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 36, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 18757 times:

Hi Eric

Super report - awesome pics to accompany an excellent report about the new Dreamliner in Thomson service.

Great that you were able to be part of this. I loved the ground shots of the aircraft in the sun at MAH. Fantastic stuff.

For a charter airline, the standard onboard looks fantastic. Better than a lot of offerings from many scheduled carriers.

Good to see these birds now finally in the air (although I did read about the one which hit a bird in Cardiff recently!).

Thanks again Palmjet



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 37, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 18528 times:

Hello airbuseric

Very good report, thanks for posting. Congratulations on your frist 787 exerience! Always great to be on a long-haul aircraft type without having to go the long haul.

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlinethegivenone From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 18330 times:

Fantastic report Eric – thank you for sharing with us your experience on Thompson's brand-new 787!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Once the green light was given to board, I felt honoured to be the first passenger to board this beautiful aircraft

Yay! Congratulations.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin for Economy Class is split up in 2 sections, having a set-up of 3-3-3 seats in darkblue leather, with adjustable headrest and a 34" legroom. Impressive!

That really is generous legroom! Some other airlines could learn a thing or two from Thompson...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The departure is very smooth and other from other passengers I hear some 'oh' and 'ahh' when we take skies.

Oh charter flights  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before departure, the captains takes a microphone in mid cabin to welcomes us 'personally' on this brandnew state-of-the-art aircraft.

What a nice gesture – new aircraft introductions really build pride within an airline.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During the handout, the windows were blinded (controlled by crew)

Was this only for the purposes of the moodlighting demonstration? This is one thing that bothers me about the 787 – I don't want to loose control over my window blinds  


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1836 posts, RR: 20
Reply 39, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 17661 times:

Hi Eric

I finally managed to get round to reading your report. So first of all, thanks for sharing!

I must say I'm really quite impressed with the cabin of their B787. It looks very modern and quite comfortable, not at all what I would have expected from a charter company.

To be honest, I can't really say I like the look of the B787 in general, but the shots you took of the wing are certainly very cool, it looks more like a bird's wing than an aircraft's.

Just out of curiosity, how did you find out about the flights?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 805 posts, RR: 20
Reply 40, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17114 times:

It's an outstanding report indeed!

With these high quality pictures all the way, i have never had the feeling to be on board a leisure airline. (apart from the in flight service)

Do you know why Menorca was selected to be the first destination?

Being part of an inaugural is always special, especially when you are the first to board in ...   .

Thank you so much for sharing



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User currently offlineAPYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 16454 times:

Did u get one of the goodie bags? They were given out on the inaugural flight but may have only been given out on the inaugural sector LGW to MAH. An aviation enthusiast would love the 'I was on the first flight Thomson 787' Dreamliner mug.


We'd like to welcome in particular our Executive Club members and those joining us from our Oneworld alliance partners.
User currently offlineL0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1617 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 16338 times:

Nice trip report. BY are definitely one of the best, if not the best charter airline in the world. Good to hear that the 787 is as quiet as the A380.



Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During the handout, the windows were blinded (controlled by crew)

That's the only thing I don't like about the new breed of airliners, you have zero control over your window, imagine you're enjoying a spectacular view and the crew feels like dimming the windows!   


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 43, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 15296 times:

Nice report Eric!

Glad that you finally managed to get on the Dreamliner. I just hope that thing will stay in the air, after the past few days battery issues. Looks like you had a wonderful, and the pictures certainly prove it! I'm guessing you are looking forward to your JAL flights later on this year? Though I've never heard of anyone who puts ice in his wine. That's a first for me  

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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1096 posts, RR: 32
Reply 44, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14879 times:

Hi Eric,

A great report in your typical high calibre.

It is great Thomson are raising the standard of British charter operations, as there has been little in the way of investment in the industry recently, what with increased competition from the LCC. But, the Brits will never stop going off in their droves to the sun...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

welcome to the first tripreport on the brandnew Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of Thomson Airways, from United Kingdom! For me, also a first time encounter with this aircraft!

Nice to see the British register. Quite like the paint scheme.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
a daytime flight from the Mahon to London Gatwick

I bet MAH was surprised to see such early 787 operations to their airport. Great for spotting, that airport.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It was clearly British 'changing day' on the island with loads of British charters around.

Groan

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before departure, the captains takes a microphone in mid cabin to welcomes us 'personally' on this brandnew state-of-the-art aircraft. In 2 hours he would fly us to London at an altitude of 43,000 feet. He mentioned about the quietness of the engines, which would certainly guarantee a comfortable flight.

Very impressive and the interior looks immaculate, and smart in the blue hues.

Many thanks Eric. I am in Netherlands right now, but just about to hitch-hike out!

Luke



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 45, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13876 times:

Hi to all,

a lot of replies. I was embarrassed. Therefore I'm later then usual with getting back to you about all. Thank you for reading and leaving your comments to me   

Anyway, some people wonder about the strong mood lighting. On this particular daylight flight, it was just shown as kind of promotion/introduction to the 787. So all kind of colours were shown, quite strong and for a short while only. Don't expect this to be your kind of moonlighting on a nightflight across the Atlantic  


Let get me back on some points;

Quoting Carfield (Reply 5):
The Thomson 787 looks great and I am impressed with the 34 inches of legroom, even more generous than most of the major US and European airlines. For a holiday airline, it certainly looks amazing.

Sure, this is one of the most generous European Y-classes around at the moment, and I'm sure we won't find anything better seatwise/legroom wise soon.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 7):
Its kinda ironic isn't it? So many of us have tried or have been trying to fly the 787 only to be denied by missed connections, cancellations and the months-long grounding of the 787 fleet, while several hundred (thousands?) of people who don't give a damn about the 787 get to fly it every day!

True. It's life indeed! We're strangers hunting for certain machines. Other won't even notice!

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 8):
A bunch of meetings and work came up here in the UK which more than filled my plate, so I had to skip my week in Menorca.

Shame really indeed. Nevertheless we had a nice evening dinner and drinks in Mao and breakfast in the morning sun.

Quoting TPAfan (Reply 9):
Overall, it looks fantastic, given the nice pictures you took closeup to the slick livery, and the cabin looks clean, and nice. I am definitely surprisingly impressed by what Thomson has provided on this beautiful aircraft. Complete TR, and looking forward to more trips you would share with us.

I'm sure this impresses many of us and the regular passengers will definitely feel the difference!

Quoting britboy2 (Reply 10):

It was great to meet a fellow A.netter for the first time , wonderful pictures .

David at the back

How's things going David? Still enjoying the 787 these days and receiving good feedback from the people flying on it?
If your company needs a longer review, I'm available to have a better look another time  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Flew the 787 myself back in November with United and I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the aircraft after the whole hype around it, but great to hear you like and enjoyed it!

Well, it might have been excitement also. It flies like any other, but it's quiet. That's the main point I noticed.

Quoting Tay52 (Reply 12):
What kind of camera do you use? The quality is outstanding!

Thanks and it's a Nikon DSLR

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 13):
I'm surprised at the access you got onboard.. You went everywhere!

Haha, yeah take opportunities once there. Thomson people were fantastic and open to show us around!

Quoting jfidler (Reply 14):
I noticed the seatback in economy class have a no smoking logo next to each IFE. Was that a sticker? If so, I wonder why it was done that way -- seems almost like an afterthought then.

A sticker afaik... Not sure if this was on purpose

Quoting jfidler (Reply 14):
When you recline the seat, does the seatback recline back into the area of the person behind you, or does the seat cushion instead slide forward?

It reclines towards the row behind you, and the seat cusion is staying in original position (not sliding forward)

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 15):
The engine picture is really beautiful, it seems it was really well cleaned for the flight.

But it's brandnew, not sure if they gave it another cleaning already...

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 16):
I am getting really excited about my DY787 flight next month!

Looking forward to hear about it. A shame I can't make it on these flights due work commitments. My next 787 is not before December it seems.

Quoting reifel (Reply 20):
Found the seats not really looking comfy to be honest, but picutres do not really tell. But the cabin is spotless, what else to be expected

Actually you have a point. The seats are a bit stiff, and might be uncomfortable for intended flight use to e.g. HKT and MLE?

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 21):
I must say that even with the charter airline with bust configuration, the interior of this plane looks good.

Sure, this is a class higher then average for sure. Not easy to beat this comfort!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
And it's a beauty indeed, in contrast to this stretched A330 with new wings and ugly nose...

I agree with you on that one PH! The A350 is not a real beauty  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
I can imagine how you felt. How did it smell?

It smelled like a new car for sure. And no signs of use yet. So new, really special to be on such a new machine.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 22):
Wine with ice???
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 43):
Though I've never heard of anyone who puts ice in his wine. That's a first for me

Quite popular in summer, maybe better known in the gay scene? It's quite common in Amsterdam to receive ice or at least they might ask you if you like to have it.

Quoting debonair (Reply 23):
AFAIK the B787 will be used on the long haul flights - so why no crew rest? any idea?

True, but flights to US Florida e.g., are not long haul, and don't need a crew rest. Maybe Thomson is going to make 2 subfleets? One for real long haul and regular ones for Florida, and Europe?

Quoting britjap (Reply 26):
I should take note; I am about three trip reports in arrears!

Haha, don't feel bad about it. I have a huge backlog of tripreports to write... This one got priority of course.

Quoting britjap (Reply 26):
The new scheme really is good. Will this be rolling out to all their a/c or is it just a 787 thing?

It will be applied on the whole fleet with the exception for aircraft being retired or sold. There are some 737's and 757's already in these colors.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 27):
had I not been travelling to EDI on Friday, I'd have been on that flight with you!

It has been a while Mark... maybe at another time this year.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 28):
Except for the mood lighting, it makes you feel like you’re in a night club, let that be a good or a bad thing

Well you might understand that the mood lighting was specially shown in these colors for just the occassion of the first flight

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 28):
Oh? So does that mean that these ships don’t do longhual?

Dunno, but what is longhaul. An 6-8 hour flight is not really long and don't need a crewrest.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 28):
Was it switched on especially for you

...and for some other visiting the flightdeck. A nice touch it was  

>> >>



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 46, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13851 times:

>> >>

Quoting zkojq (Reply 29):
Interesting that the cruising altitude was so high for a (relatively) short flight.

Not unusual in European airspace. A 45 minute duration like AMS-LHR or AMS-FRA will usually go to FL230 max, but flights further go to around 30,000 feet on Eurocontrol.

Quoting MHTripple7 (Reply 30):
Comprehensive, well-written, and the photos are phenomenal.

Thanks MHTripple7! Enjoy your time in HK

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 31):
Nice to have been able to join you on this occasion, a whirlwind 31 hours in which we logged 4 flights, Manchester, Mahon and London before being back home.

It was a nice trip together  
Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 31):
I am impressed you had the energy to finish this report right after you came home on friday.

Haha,,... I was feeling good that day...

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 31):
That 40 minutes wait at check-in was horrible, meanwhile missing to see the 787 land. In these times of OLCI and hand luggage travel I forgot how much time I lost checking in in the late 1990s

Indeed, OLCI would've been nice but we were late at the desk also and on the other hand, next to the building were not really good views on the runway either...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 32):
Seems like TUI are really trying hard to give themselves a decent product there - and it looks as though they have archived it with that aircraft. Looks a step ahead of the likes of VS and BA and I wouldn't mind giving them a go next time I fly out to Florida.

This seat is definitely better then BA Y-class. And the IFE as well.

Quoting flyforever (Reply 35):
The day before I was flying between Gatwick and Venice and suddenly and unexpectedly I saw the Boeing 787 Thomson parked a bit far away...

I guess already there for doing ground training for crew? Groundstaff? etc. Thanks for sharing the pic!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 36):
I loved the ground shots of the aircraft in the sun at MAH. Fantastic stuff.

It was great indeed under these blue skies

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 38):
Was this only for the purposes of the moodlighting demonstration?

It was. The windows were dimmed for about 5 minutes only on this particular flight.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 39):
To be honest, I can't really say I like the look of the B787 in general, but the shots you took of the wing are certainly very cool, it looks more like a bird's wing than an aircraft's.

Thanks for that William  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 39):
Just out of curiosity, how did you find out about the flights?

Twitter  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 40):
With these high quality pictures all the way, i have never had the feeling to be on board a leisure airline. (apart from the in flight service)

Despite the (to be paid for) catering, it's worth every penny compared to the competition.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 40):
Do you know why Menorca was selected to be the first destination?

Dunno, but Thomsons presence at MAH was quite big that day, so I guess TUI has a big part of the travel market at this island...

Quoting APYu (Reply 41):
Did u get one of the goodie bags?

No unfortunately not  
Quoting L0VE2FLY (Reply 42):
BY are definitely one of the best, if not the best charter airline in the world. Good to hear that the 787 is as quiet as the A380.

I agree with that!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 44):
It is great Thomson are raising the standard of British charter operations, as there has been little in the way of investment in the industry recently, what with increased competition from the LCC. But, the Brits will never stop going off in their droves to the sun...

It's great indeed, some renewal on the British charter market. I hope the 757's remain flying a while longer though...


Thanks for your replies so far,... happy reading!

Eric



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3311 posts, RR: 12
Reply 47, posted (1 year 3 months 1 day ago) and read 13590 times:

Great report Eric! Super photos!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin for Economy Class is split up in 2 sections, having a set-up of 3-3-3 seats in darkblue leather, with adjustable headrest and a 34" legroom. Impressive!

Ooh, looks very nice, but better than the old style charter setup.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Windows dimmed, and demonstration of mood lighting...

Nice!



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 48, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12948 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 47):

Great report Eric! Super photos!

Thanks for that!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 47):
Ooh, looks very nice, but better than the old style charter setup.

Defintely no issues in the future to fly such carrier towards a sunny transatlantic destination... It's really pleasant! The seats and offerings in the seat are better then BA's fleet from e.g. LGW (the competition for a part)

Regards
Eric



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