Northern Ireland holidaymakers to benefit from long haul options from Dublin
Northern Ireland holidaymakers will be using the world's sleekest aircraft to travel to the Caribbean after Falcon Holidays launched package tours using Boeing's iconic Dreamliner jet.
A Thomson 787 Dreamliner touched down on Irish soil for the very first time yesterday to celebrate the launch of two long-haul routes to Cancun, Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica direct from Dublin Airport during summer 2016.
The Dreamliner has revolutionised air travel, leaving holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before, with comfort and wellbeing features on-board reducing the effects of jet-lag.
It can also fly much further distances than similar-sized aircraft, allowing it to reach far flung destinations such as Mexico and Jamaica without the need to refuel as it uses 20% less fuel.
Thomson Airways, the first UK airline to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will operate the state-of-the-art aircraft on behalf of the tour operators Falcon and Thomson direct non-stop from Dublin Airport, to Montego Bay in Jamaica and Cancun in Mexico, starting from 12 and 13th June 2016.
TUI Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Browne, who hails from Strabane in Northern Ireland, and Director of Engineering Jason were on board the inaugural flight to Dublin, flown by Thomson Airways’ Managing Director John Murphy and welcomed to the capital by Chris Logan, Head of Ireland for Falcon and Thomson.
Mr Logan said: “Today marks a special day in the history of our business to have the 787 Dreamliner touch down here in Dublin only two years after Thomson Airways became the first UK airline to operate the revolutionary aircraft.
“It is even more special to have the aircraft flown in by Managing Director John Murphy with TUI Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Browne and Director of Engineering Jason Mahoney on board – all of Irish descent.”
“The introduction of the Dreamliner is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience.
“Irish customers will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service — all of which will ensure the unique Falcon and Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.”
Speaking at the event at Dublin Airport, Chris Browne, COO of TUI Aviation, said: “We are delighted to introduce our Dreamliner to Dublin Airport and launch our new long haul programme from here.
“The aim has always been to ensure we offer Dreamliner services from different regions across the UK and Ireland so that customers can experience this aircraft from their doorstep.
“Feedback from customers and crew who have already flown on the Dreamliner has been extremely positive and we are delighted to be further expanding the fleet so that even more of our long haul customers can make the most of the Thomson 787 Dreamliner.”
With generous legroom and wider seats, the Dreamliner also offers larger windows and special lighting, as well as state of the art in-flight entertainment systems.
Carrying 300 passengers, Premium Club seats 47 in a 2-3-2 configuration and Economy Club seats 253 in a 3-3-3 configuration.
Falcon and Thomson’s long haul programmes to Mexico’s Caribbean Coast and to the Caribbean Island of Jamaica are now available to book through the local Falcon Travel Shops, travel agent or by calling 1800 45 35 45 and will be available at a later date online at www.falconholidays.ie