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A Dream Ticket

Thomson’s 787 Dreamliner took to the skies on its inaugural passenger flight, and I was lucky enough to snag a ticket…

There aren’t many times when you can claim to have been the first at something. Especially since there’s bound to be someone out there who’s been there, done that. So when I received an invitation to be on the very first flight of Thomson’s 787 Dreamliner, there were actual squeals involved. I mean, it’s a historical moment… something to tell the grandkids one day (certainly beats the story of when I was North Herts’ back-stroke champion, which clearly no-one gives two hoots about). Are you sitting comfortably? Then here’s a sneak peek at my day on the Dreamliner…

 
We arrived at Manchester Airport to quite a welcome – film crew and everything. The coach ride up from Thomson HQ in Luton started at 6am (don’t feel too sorry for us, it was Arsenal’s mega-plush team bus), and I had an unfortunate imprint on my face from my 3-hour snooze, so suffice to say I scuttled out of the way whenever the cameras panned round. Thankfully other colleagues were happy to step in…

 
Sadly the weather in Manchester had no sense of occasion, and my first glimpse of our new super-plane was through a rain-splattered window. Not to be deterred by a bit of drizzle, the Dreamliner and its tail still managed a big smile. And we all followed suit. What can we say, we’re British.


 
Our mood was further boosted by this hearty spread…


 
Champagne at 10.30am. Well, you know what they say, somewhere in the world it’s cocktail hour.

Finally it was time to board. Fuelled by fizz and canapés – and the fact the rain had conceded – we were giddy with excitement stepping on to the newest addition to our fleet…


 
Once aboard ‘Living the Dream’ it was clear this was no ordinary plane. My photos truly don’t do it justice, as it felt so much roomier than any plane I’ve been on before. It was quite simply immense. Even at its lowest point it’s a mammoth 6-foot high. As for legroom, you’re swimming in the stuff… 33 or 34 inches in Economy Club and 38 inches in Premium Club (which is more than any other major UK airline, just FYI). More than enough to kick back and relax on route to your hols. And those leather seats were bliss…


 
Thankfully I fought the urge to nod off again, as I realised that a very special VIP was in the vicinity…


 
That’s right, it’s our all-round sound hound, Thomson the Dog.

I think he was pretty excited to see himself on the telly – he’s down-to-earth like that. And very well-trained. The crew only had to say “Sit” once…


 
We got a lovely welcome on our screens as we prepared for lift-off…


 
And after the quietest take-off ever – the Dreamliner makes 60 per cent less noise than standard planes during take-off, landing and in the air – we were off on a whistle-stop tour of the UK, up to Glasgow, down to Southampton, then back up to Gatwick. So jet-set.

For those sitting next to the windows (which are 30 per cent bigger than those on an average aeroplane), they had extra entertainment to play with – dimming their windows at the touch of a button. Blinds are so last season. With this new super-smart technology you can concentrate on the latest blockbuster without missing out on the sky-high view. Such a genius idea.

Next up, my favourite part. The light show. The Dreamliner features a high-spec mood lighting system that can mimic things like dawn and dusk, which helps get your body in tune with wherever you’re heading. To show off the whole spectrum of colours, we were treated to this…


 
Could your last plane do that? Nope. Didn’t think so.

After all that frivolity, it was time to sit back, relax and check out the inflight entertainment. So, I went for a spot of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, an episode of my absolute favourite, Modern Family, and a play of Emeli Sandé’s album…


 
There was also a ton of the latest movies to choose from, so I opted for Silver Linings Playbook on the flight back up to Manchester. Amazing film. And how could I forget the food? I sampled Tapas (pictured) and Afternoon Tea boxes. Both delicious. Sadly, my fellow passengers either side thought the same, otherwise I would have happily finished theirs off too.


 
All too soon it was time to land in Manchester, after our short but sweet sojourn in the skies. Everyone, including me, was buzzing from the once-in-a-lifetime experience, and vowing to be back on board soon. Although, next time I get the feeling our destinations will include the likes of Mexico, Florida and Thailand, rather than dear old London Gatwick. Just a hunch.


 
We’d love to know, are you planning a trip on the Thomson 787 Dreamliner soon?

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105 Responses to “A Dream Ticket”

  1. Sandra

    Hi we’re flying to Mexico on the dreamliner from East Midlands in sept. we have paid for extra space seats, we would prefer to be at the back of the plane somewhere would this be possible there are two of us travelling and we would like window seats.

    Reply
    • Samantha @Thomson

      Hi Sandra, We do have two seats together at the back of the aircraft, but these are the standard seats and not the seats with extra space, so unfortunately, you wouldn’t be able to select these seats. Our ‘select your seat’ seating plan opens 90 days before your return flight date, once you’ve reached this date, you’ll be able to select your seats on the following website – http://www.flightextras.thomson.co.uk

      Reply
  2. jayne hargood

    ahh you have got me to excited!! 16days till im on that plane to Mexico from gatwick!

    Reply
  3. Julie Sutcliffe

    I’d love to fly on the Dreamliner it would be awesome.

    Reply
  4. alison mussett

    my husband and i flew home on the dreamliner sunday night, we was suppost to sleep on the flight because of work the next day but we was too excited, it was great and i had no problems with my ears on the way down!! i really hope to fly on it again one day!

    Reply
  5. Vicki

    Hi. I,m going to Jamaica on 6th September this year flying from Birmingham, will I be on the Dreamline (please say yes 🙂 ) We have already selected our seats as we are going Premier Class.

    Thanks

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    • Lauren @Thomson

      Hi Vicki, Could you send your booking reference over so we can check this for you.

      Reply
  6. sue harker.

    we fly to mexico on the 7th july, we were told the dreamliner would be out of action untill the 8th july, so we would only be flying back on it. i would be so pleased if you could advise me more.thank you.

    Reply
    • Lauren @Thomson

      Hi Sue, Our Dreamliner’s first long haul flight will jet off on the 8th July. If you’d like for us to re-check that your return flight will be on it, feel free to send your booking reference over.

      Reply
  7. Vicki

    Hi Lauren. Wondered if I would be going on the Dreamliner on 6th Sept 2013 to Jamaica from B.ham Arport.
    Flt Ref: THL …

    Reply
    • Lauren @Thomson

      Hi Vicki, At the moment you’re currently planned to be on a Boeing 767.

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  8. vicki

    Hi Lauren, thanks for your reply. Shame its not the Dreamliner, but nevertheless it will still be a great holiday. Will just have to book another holiday next year… Now there,s a plan. 🙂

    Thankyou

    Reply
  9. Jo

    Hi
    Can you tell me whether the Dreamliner is flying to dalaman and back any time in July? Some people on other forums have been told about a 3-3-3 change to their seating plan. We fly from gatwick on TOM318 and back on TOM319

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Samantha @Thomson

      Hi Jo, I can confirm that the Dreamliner is operating selected flight routes. However, I’m unable to advise which flight routes these will be.

      Reply
  10. julia dyson

    we flew from manchester to sanford on the 20th of june it was supposed to have been thr dreamliner but s due to unforseeable events it wasnt ,we were told that the replacement aircraft would be upgraded with all improved entertainment wrong again! the system was old kept resetting itself after a few mins ,earphones useless!. meals rubbish.

    Reply
    • Samantha @Thomson

      Hi Julia, I’m really sorry to hear this. Have you raised your concerns with our After Travel Team?

      Reply
      • julia dyson

        no not yet but i will i ordered a vegetrian meal three times i phoned before the holiday to make sure it had been added when we got on the plane they said it had not been added good job they had a spare or my husband would not had have nothing to eat for over eight hours

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        • Lisa-Marie @Thomson

          Hi Julia,
          If you wished to raise this with our After Travel Team, you’re able to do this from the ‘Contact Us’ page of our website.

          Reply
  11. Tony Wirral

    Hello

    Do you know what films to expect on Dreamliner flights to Mexico in July?

    Thanks
    Tony

    Reply
  12. Emma

    Hi

    We fly out to Cancun on 08/07/13 at 10:30 please can u advise whether we will be flying on the Dreamliner? Thank you

    Reply
    • Elaine @Thomson

      Hi Emma, I’ve checked this for you and unfortunately this flight isn’t on the Dreamliner. Despite this I hope that you have a lovely holiday.

      Reply
  13. marjorie parsonage

    Hello, have been scouring the net trying to find out what plane we will on ? flying 6th october to cancun mexico return 20th , and then i found this!! ha ha, right under my nose all the time ! can you help us please?

    Reply
    • Adam @Thomson

      Hi Marjorie, Can you please provide your reference number so we can view the flight for you?

      Reply
  14. Gavin

    My family and myself are all booked up on the dreamliner for the end of september, my daughter has a really bad allergy to any form of nuts, she can take a reaction even if someone near is eating them, she has her rescue medication with her at all times, i was wondering if you could give us any information regarding on this matter as i thought it was a nut free zone, thanks

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    • Lauren @Thomson

      Hi Gavin, I’d suggest contacting our Welfare team about this. You can contact them on 0844 871 1600 and they’ll be more than happy to help.

      Reply
  15. Claire winton

    Hi I’ve booked my seats on my flight to cancun on the Dreamliner when I choose the seats on the seating plan they appeared to be sat together can you confirm that these seats are together seat A1 and A2. Thank you

    Reply
    • Lauren @Thomson

      Hi Claire, Feel free to send your booking reference over and I can check this out for you.

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      • Claire winton

        Hi my booking ref is 2600/******* surname Durpery thanks

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        • James @Thomson

          Hi Claire, Thanks for your details. We can confirm that you’ve been allocated seats A1 & A2 for your outbound and also A1 & A2 for your return journey. I hope that you have a wonderful holiday to Mexico.

          Reply
    • simon j

      Hi, when is the first arrival / departure from East midlands on the Dreamliner please?
      Thanks

      Reply
      • Lauren @Thomson

        Hi Simon, The first flight jetted off on the 9th July.

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  16. tracey dwyer

    we are flying to mexico on the dreamliner in october,we know that we can book our seats 90 days befor our flight home,what time is the earliest time on that day that we can book them?

    Reply
    • Lauren K @Thomson

      Hi Tracey, There’s no specific time that you’ll be able to book as the flight plan can open at different days. I’d advise logging in as early as possible on the day to ensure you select the seats you’re hoping for.

      Reply
  17. Andy Smith

    Hi
    Sorry to repeat the same question everyone is asking, but is there a way of checking if we are flying on the dreamliner. We are flying to Orlando from Manchester on August 29th.

    Thanks
    Andy

    Reply
    • Dan @Thomson

      Hi Andy, I’ve checked your flight and this is due to be on one of our Dreamliners.

      Reply
  18. Vinod

    We are flying to Cancun tomorrow (25th July) from Gatwick, return flight on 8th August. can you please advise if either leg will be on the Dreamliner

    Reply
    • Adam @Thomson

      Hi Vinod, Today’s flight from London Gatwick to Cancun will be on board the 787 Dreamliner.

      Reply
  19. joanne bradshaw

    For all those that will be travelling on the Dreamliner. we came back on the Dreamliner on the 19th july from Cancun, we had premium seats and we were well impressed with the rapid take off and the crew were so good, it was soooooooooo comfortable and the jetlag definitely was reduced. Amazing flight thakyou so much Thomson.

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    • Dan @Thomson

      Hi Joanne, We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your flight on the new Thomson Dreamliner and thanks for sharing this with us.

      Reply
  20. Deborah

    Have booked a Healthy Option Flight Meal for myself, can you give me the menu for it please?

    Reply
    • James @Thomson

      Hi Deborah, Unfortunately we’re unable to provide any menu’s of the onboard meal choices as they are subject to change. If it’s possible you could send us your email address then we can send you a copy of our summer in-flight entertainment and snack options.

      Reply
  21. Simon

    Hi there we had a great flight on the Dreamliner on the way to Dalaman.

    Please can you confirm if we are flying back on it tomorrow to London Gatwick at 14:40 TOM319?

    Many thanks

    Reply
    • James @Thomson

      Hi Simon, We’ve double checked this for you and you’ll be flying back on our new 787 Dreamliner! You’ll enjoy a second flight and a little taste of the luxury that the Dreamliner brings with it. I hope you have a great flight back!

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  22. Martyn in Mexico

    Arrived in Mexico on Friday in a Dreamliner
    Lucky enough to upgrade to premium economy at Gatwick
    What a flight
    Comfortable roomy clean new
    Good food and the best entertainment system I’ve seen on a plane
    Thanks

    Reply
  23. Shayla

    Hi is there anyway you can tell me what movies and food will be on the flight from Manchester to Orlando on September 16th?

    Reply
    • James @Thomson

      Hi Shayla, Is it possible that you could send me a private message on Facebook and I’ll be able to send you our latest in-flight entertainment guide.

      Reply
  24. Kate

    Hi, we are flying to Mexico on 20 October from Gatwick returning on 30 October. Will we be flying on the Dreamliner on either of these flights? Thanks

    Reply
    • Leanne @Thomson

      Hi Kate, If you could please send me your booking reference, then I would be happy to check this for you.

      Reply
      • Kate

        Hi we are flying out on TOM022 on 20 October from Gatwick at 0740 and returning on TOM049 on 30 October at 1605. Will either of these be on the Dreamliner? Thanks

        Reply
        • Lauren K @Thomson

          Hi Kate, If you could send over your booking reference I’ll be able to check this for you.

          Reply
        • Lauren K @Thomson

          Hi Kate, Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that your flight is scheduled to be on the Dreamliner.

          Reply

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