Thomson Airways delays plans to start using Dreamliner at East Midlands Airport
AN airline has delayed plans to start using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner because of problems with the plane’s batteries.
Thomson Airways, which has ordered 13 Dreamliners, had been due to start using the aircraft in May on long-haul routes, including flights to Mexico and the US from East Midlands Airport.
But all of Boeing’s Dreamliners are currently grounded and deliveries of new planes have been delayed.
Customers travelling in May and June will now be transferred to Thomson Airways’ Boeing 767 aircraft.
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In a statement, Thomson said: “We understand how frustrating and disappointing this news will be for those customers looking forward to flying on the 787 Dreamliner.
“We are equally as disappointed that Boeing was not able to confirm a delivery date for us but unfortunately these circumstances are out of our control.”
Derby’s Rolls-Royce supplies Trent 1000 engines for the Dreamliner.
The aircraft that have been ordered by Thomson are powered by engines made by General Electric.