Living the Dreamliner dream

Thomson’s B787-8 Dreamliner flew into Dublin Airport yesterday to mark the launch of Thomson and Falcon Holidays’ summer 2016 routes to Cancun and Jamaica.

Chris Browne with her nieces
Chris Browne with her nieces, Victoria and Charlotte Grieves

It was a big moment for Chris Browne, who’s the chief operating officer of TUI Aviation.

She was dubbed the “woman from Strabane, off her rocker” when she placed the order for the Dreamliner in 2005. “Who’s crazy now?” she asked after a victory flight around Ireland.

The Thomson Dreamliner is fitted with 253 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration and 47 Premium Club in a 2-3-2 configuration.

Economy class feels spacious thanks to the wider seats (32” pitch), bigger windows and generous legroom.

Multi coloured B787-8 Dreamliner interiorI think the modern interiors help create that sense of space as well. The family holiday theme is toned down big time to a subtle palm tree motif at the front of the cabin — although the lighting can be adjusted to a multicoloured “disco”, so maybe I’m wrong on this one. We’ll have to see what it’s like when there are kids on board and not just giddy journalists.

An upgrade to Premium costs from €259pp. The benefits include a bigger seat (38” pitch with bigger recline), fast track through security, airport lounge access, four-course meal, afternoon tea and complimentary amenity kit. The additional comfort is good, but you can still get complimentary drinks (alcoholic included) in Economy and can access the IFE system on the same 9” seatback TVs.

The Dreamliner’s USP with customers is its noise reduction. The aircraft is just so quiet on take off and decent. It makes for a seamless experience — an attractive feature if you are flying long haul.

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Falcon Holidays and Thomson will operate direct non-stop flights from Dublin to Montego Bay, Jamaica from June 12, 2016 and from Dublin to Cancun, Mexico from June 13, 2016.

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