The eagerly awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft landed at Manchester Airport today, the first to be delivered to a UK airline.
The jetliner is the first of eight placed on order by Thomson Airways, and was greeted by awaiting crowds as it completed its flight from the United States.
The 787 Dreamliner, which carries 291 passengers, is composed of light-weight composites and features numerous systems, engine and aerodynamic advancements.
Boeing said this makes it more efficient to operate compared with its competitors and is also more environmentally friendly.
It is the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs and enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by passengers.
Thomson will take delivery of a further three aircraft later in the summer operating from Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands and Glasgow airports.
The development of the aircraft has been troublesome after Boeing’s 787 fleet was grounded earlier this year following safety issues involving the plane’s lithium-ion powered batteries.