|Dubrovnik to handle first 787 Dreamliner in May|
Dubrovnik Airport will have the honour of becoming the first in the former Yugoslavia to handle the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on a regular basis. According to the latest update of planned and scheduled Dreamliner services, based on information available in the Global Distribution System (GDS) and recently published by “Airline Route”, leisure airline Thomson Airways will operate flights from London Gatwick Airport to Dubrovnik from May 7 through to October 22. The leisure carrier will be rolling out B787 services to several destinations from Gatwick Airport throughout the summer including Tenerife, Dalaman, Rhodes, Mallorca and Enfidha in Tunisia. The airline’s B787 has the capacity to seat 291 passengers, with 47 seats in its Premium Club cabin and a further 244 in economy.
Dubrovnik Airport is believed to be planning a special welcome for the Dreamliner jet on its inaugural flight from London. Scheduling and the allocation of equipment on certain routes are subject to change and the jet’s first arrival in Dubrovnik on May 7 is based on the latest information available in the GDS. The leisure airline will operate two weekly flights between Gatwick and the Croatian holiday hotpot, each Thursday and Sunday, starting May 3, with the Thursday flight to run with the B787. Furthermore, Dubrovnik has been selected as the departure and arrival point for its Thomson Celebration cruise ship this year. Passengers flying the Dreamliner will continue their journeys on the cruise ship. Thomson Airways will significantly boost operations to Croatia this summer. Apart from the resumption of its existing seasonal services, the airline will also introduce flights to Dubrovnik from Glasgow, Bristol and Newcastle, as well as services from London Gatwick Airport and Manchester to Split.
Thomson Airways took delivery of its first B787 in May 2013, making it the first airline in the United Kingdom to operate the aircraft type. Commenting recently on the revolutionary jet, Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson Airways, said, “The Dreamliner has certainly lived up to its promise to revolutionise long haul travel. Feedback from both customer and crew has been extremely positive”. The airline has seven of the jets in service.