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Thomson Airways invites the British public to name its new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

 

Thomson NameOurPlane Contest

Thomson Airways (London-Luton) today announced a new contest to name its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner due in January 2016:

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Thomson 787-8 Tail (Thomson)(LRW)

The new Dreamliner arrives just in time as new research from Thomson and First Choice has revealed that long haul holidays are fast becoming the preferred choice for many British holidaymakers, with more people than ever before are prepared to go the distance to find their dream destination. Travelling for nine hours or more is now considered par for the course for many Brits (77%) as they seek more adventure and cultural diversity from their holidays.

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Above Photos: Thomson Airways.

Thomson and First Choice have seen a 350% increase in long haul passengers in the last 10 years, with a staggering 800% increase in family bookings alone, leading to the addition of exciting destinations such as Costa Rica and Thailand and most recently, Indian Ocean gem, Sri Lanka which will be on offer from winter 2016, travelling on the 787 Dreamliner from London Gatwick airport.

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A new aircraft like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is also having an impact on travellers’ decisions to venture on a long-haul trip, with one in three (34%) of those surveyed stating the introduction of these new aircraft has inspired them to go further afield on holiday.

To celebrate the launch with their customers, Thomson is inviting the British public to choose a name through the “Name Our Plane” competition which begins on the 30th of October: http://nameourplane.com/

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To enter, entrants should simply click on the link above, and submit their idea on the dedicated web page. They will then be encouraged to get votes for their entry from friends and family to ensure they make the top five to be in with a chance of winning the prize of £2500 worth of Thomson holiday vouchers. At the end of the competition, the top five entries with the most votes as voted for by the public will be submitted to a judging panel made up of Thomson Airways staff.

The prize for this competition consists of two parts:

1. The winner’s choice of name will be positioned on to the side of the seventh Dreamliner which will join Thomson Airway’s fleet in January 2016.

2. The winner will receive £2500 worth of Thomson holiday vouchers, enabling them to choose their holiday from the whole of Thomson’s range.

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The features of the new Dreamliner 787 are:

Lighter on the environment – a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions on a typical Dreamliner flight.

Unrivalled comfort – customers travelling on the Dreamliner benefit from the on-board features, which reduce the effects of jetlag, make for a quieter and smoother flight, and give customers fantastic views ensuring that their holiday begins the moment they step on board.

Large windows and controllable light – the windows on the Dreamliner are 30% bigger than the average aircraft windows (27x47cm), allowing every customer a view of the horizon. Electric dimmers on all windows mean customers can determine the degree of light they let in.

Bigger seats – travel in Economy Club and you’ll get a 32” seat pitch. Upgrade to Premium Club and you’ll get 38”, meaning plenty of room to stretch out.

Technology – state-of-the-art 9” TVs.

Extended flying range – aircraft is designed to lower costs on long-distance routes that don’t require the capacity of the larger sized aeroplane (such as a Boeing 777). The extended flying range of this mid-sized aircraft therefore offers the prospect of many more long-haul flight options.

Reduced jetlag – reduced symptoms of jetlag due to increased hydration levels and lower cabin pressure.

Below Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIF (msn 36428) arrives back at Paine Field after a test flight by Boeing.

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TUI Group to retire the Thomson brand in the UK

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TUI Group (Hannover) has decided to retire the Thomson brand in the United Kingdom according to this report by Reuters. The retirement of the Thomson brand, which started selling holiday packages in 1965, would presumably also include Thomson Airways (formerly Thomsonfly) (London-Gatwick), although this remains unconfirmed.

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The TUI Group is moving towards a single TUI brand and this of course would probably also affect Arke (Arkefly) and Jetairfly. The move is expected to take several years to complete.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Route Map: Current routes from London Gatwick:

Thomson 5.2015 LGW Route Map

Copyright Photo below: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Thomson Airways’ Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWA (msn 37264) completes the final approach to the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW).

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TUI Group finalizes its order for one Boeing 787-9, converts two 787-8 orders to the larger 787-9

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Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) and TUI Group, one of the world’s largest integrated leisure travel companies, have finalized an order for one 787-9 Dreamliner with an option for one further 787-9. The order is valued at $257 million at current list prices. TUI Group also announced that it will substitute two unfilled orders for 787-8s for two 787-9s.

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The European leisure group will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and with today’s announcement will add three 787-9s to its fleet within the next three years.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 830 kilometers (450 nautical miles) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

There are six airlines in the TUI Group operating 144 medium and long-haul aircraft, including the 787. The airlines are TUIfly, Thomson Airways, TUIfly Nordic, Jetairfly, Corsair International and ArkeFly (Arke), serving more than 180 destinations around the world. Throughout its history, Boeing has delivered more than 165 airplanes to TUI Group airlines. As well as the orders for 787s, TUI Group also has ordered 60 737 MAXs.

In addition to TUI Group’s selection of the efficient 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX, TUI Group is a partner on the Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757, which is currently testing new technologies to reduce airplane carbon emissions and noise.

Videos: The Thomson Boeing 787-8.

Video: Flight review: Thomson Boeing 787-8 to Puerto Plata: This is a flight review of our Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flight to Puetro Plata (Gregorio Luperón International Airport) in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. We flew in economy class called “Dreamliner Class” on the Dreamliner. All footage of the journey is filmed from the economy class cabin. Our flight crew was mainly British with a Scandinavian stewardess on board too. Our Thomson Airways Dreamliner (Boeing 787-8) had registration number G-TUIA and was named “Living the Dream”. Our flight started at Copenhagen Airport in Denmark and the aircraft passengers where mainly Scandinavians (Swedish and Danish nationality). Our charter holiday trips where booked via Star Tour (name for TUI in Denmark) (Fritidsresor as TUI are called in Swedish) which is the same as TUI travel in the UK and Germany.

Copyright Photo below: Evert Keijzer Ironbird Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Jetairfly (TUI Airlines Belgium) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner OO-JDL (msn 34425) beautifully flies over the English Channel in the 2012 TUI livery.

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TUI Travel’s full-year pretax profit soars to $567 million

TUI Travel (London), the parent of Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester), reported its financial results for its fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014. The pretax profit for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2014 was £362 million ($567 million) compared to £169 million ($264.7 million) for the previous year. Please see the financial analysis below by www.finspreads.com.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Comments by Peter Long, CEO of TUI Travel:

“We have delivered another year of out-performance against our growth roadmap achieving an underlying operating profit growth of 11% at constant currency rates2. This demonstrates the strength and resilience of our business model in what has been a competitive trading environment for many tour operators and airlines. The combination of our market leadership position, scale, focus on unique holidays distributed increasingly online and our relationship with the customer throughout their whole holiday experience continues to provide a strong basis for sustainable, profitable growth.

“The merger with TUI AG will strengthen and future-proof our combined Group. It will also enhance the certainty of long-term unique holiday growth and reinforce our clear competitive advantage through further control over the end-to-end customer experience. This will mark the start of an exciting new phase of growth, delivering significant opportunities and value to customers, employees and shareholders.”

A financial analyst comment from Fiona, a senior market analyst at www.finspreads.com

UK package holiday company TUI Travel reported a notable 11% rise in underlying profit, above its recently raised guidance of 9%. Pretax profit to the year ending September 30, 2014 was £362 million compared to £169 million for the previous year, achieved on slightly lower revenues of £14.62 billion due to adverse currency translation impacts.. The travel company which is currently merging with German parent company TUI AG, intends to declare a second interim dividend of 20.5p per share once the merger is complete, taking the total annual dividend to 24.5p up from 13.5p last year.

These are really promising results for a company which has previously suffered heavily from reduced consumer spending and changing tastes. However the travel firm seems to have found a winning formula with over 63% of its winter programme 2014/15 already sold with mainstream bookings and bookings for summer 2015 up over 9% on an average price increase of 2%. The market was clearly impressed by the results and projected outlook for the firm and TUI Travel is currently trading up over 3.8% at 445p, adding to the phenomenal growth that they have experienced since May 2012 when TUI Travel´s share price was only 165p.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K5 G-TAWG (msn 37266) holds short of the runway at Palma de Mallorca.

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Thomson Airways unveils its vision of future leisure flying, orders two more Boeing 787s

Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester) has unveiled its vision of leisure flying with these new concepts for its fleet. The airline issued this statement and images about its new five year plan:

Thomson Airways, the UK’s largest leisure airline, has unveiled its five year vision to change the face of holiday flying through new state-of-the-art aircraft, more long-haul destinations and innovative on-board product and service concepts.

The vision will be delivered through an upgraded fleet, including the announcement of two further Boeing 787 Dreamliners (above) and the delivery of 47 new Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts by 2020. This will give Thomson Airways one of the youngest and most state-of-the-art fleets in the UK at an average age of just five years.

The Dreamliner aircraft will enable Thomson Airways to increase its long-haul capacity and fly to new destinations, including the only direct flight from Europe to Costa Rica on the 787 in November 2015. It will also be the only direct flight from the UK to the destination. Other destinations currently being considered include expanding operations in the Eastern Caribbean to islands like St Lucia and Antigua, in the Antilles to Bonaire and Curacao and South East Asia to Vietnam and Malaysia.

The 737 MAX will enhance the customer experience on short and mid-haul routes and, with the aircraft expected to be around 14% more fuel efficient than the current 737, will help Thomson Airways maintain its position as the UK’s leading airline for carbon performance.

A multi-million pound refresh will also be implemented across the existing fleet of 737 and 757 aircraft this winter to enhance the levels of comfort and service and provide a more contemporary on-board environment.

The airline will also continue to invest in its on-board products and services and today revealed innovative new concepts it’s planning to implement across short, mid and long-haul flights over the next five years. This includes concepts to bring the holiday experience to life on the aircraft, help customers plan their trips from 43,000 feet and seamlessly connect the crew with the overseas holiday teams.

New 737 MAX seating concepts

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Family Booth (above) – more social seating for four to six people situated at the back of the aircraft around a table. Designed for larger families travelling to First Choice Holiday Village or Thomson Family Resort

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Duo-seating (above) – three innovative pod style seats become two with a table for champagne, in-seat charging and mood lighting for a more spacious and luxurious start to the holiday

On-board people innovations

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On-board kids’ club – bringing Thomson and First Choice child care (above) expertise to the skies with a fully trained member of the crew to help parents keep the kids entertained with arts, crafts and quizzes that relate to the destination

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HolidayMaker (above) – on-board HolidayMakers on short and mid-haul flights – a member of the resort team who has extensive knowledge of all there is to do in the destination and can offer advice and recommendations to customers

In-flight technology advancements

Inflight entertainment – new content and channels designed specifically for holidaymakers including a bedtime story channel for little ones, bespoke teenage content and destination inspiration channels on long-haul. Further planned enhancements include room upgrades, advance check-in and resort experience bookings through the state-of-the-art system

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iPad enabled crew (above) – to personalize the customer service, share destination information and pass special requests and information over to the resort team

David Burling, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland, said: “Our airline business has traditionally been categorized in the charter sector which is often perceived as the poor relation to scheduled and, in reality, bears little resemblance to the Thomson Airways experience today.

“Our overall goal is to make travel experiences special and, as the flight marks both the start and end of the holiday, we see it as an integral part of the whole holiday experience.

“That is why we want to want to define and lead a new category of flying – the holiday airline category. This describes an airline designed for the specific needs of the holiday maker and fully connected to the holiday experience in the destination.

“We’ll achieve this by continuing to invest in our fleet, in state-of-the-art aircraft like the 787 Dreamliner and 737 MAX, in our on-board technology connecting the flight experience to that in resort and in product and service innovations that are entirely relevant to the holidaymaker both today and tomorrow.”

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Above: Beach Snack Bar in Premium Club cabin.

Top Copyright Photo: Daniel Gorun/AirlinersGallery.com. New Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUIE (msn 37227) arrives after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett, WA. G-TUIE was handed over on June 30, 2014.

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Thomson Airways to operate VIP Boeing 757 charter flights again starting in October

Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester) will again operate a series of around-the-world VIP charter flights starting in October with a specially configured VIP Boeing 757-200 for Smithsonian Journeys and National Geographic Expeditions according to Airline Route.

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The first charter flight will depart from Sanford (near Orlando) on October 1 and the second will depart from Washington (Dulles) on October 7.

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Read about the National Geographic trip: CLICK HERE

Map of the National Geographic VIP trip:

National Geographic 2014 Thomson charter route map

Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Thomson has painted its VIP Boeing 757s in special color schemes in the past such as this Boeing 757-28A G-OOBE (msn 33100) operated for TCS and Starquest Expeditions.

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Normal routes from Manchester:

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TUI Travels orders two more Boeing 787-8s for Thomson Airways

Boeing (Chicago) and TUI Travel PLC (London) have completed an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners. The deal, worth $424 million at current list prices, extends TUI Travel’s 787 commitment to 15 airplanes. TUI took delivery of its first 787-8 Dreamliner in May and now has four airplanes in service with Thomson Airways (London-Luton and Manchester).

TUI Travel originally ordered the 787 in February 2005. Currently, the Group’s subsidiary Thomson Airways is using the airplane on such routes as Thailand, Caribbean and the Maldives.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 G-TUIC (msn 34424) taxies at the Turkish resort of Antalya.

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