Thomson Airways have placed its first winglet equipped Boeing 767-300ER into passenger service, following its modification work. Some say these have come about as "compensation" for delays with the Boeing 787 dreamliner projects. However, the first aircraft G-OBYD (c/n 28042) now has the winglets fitted. The airline has contracted Timco to fit the winglets and install the new entertainment systems under a five year deal signed in September. Maybe Boeing are paying a percentage of this contract as that "compensation"?
The first Boeing 767-300ER aircraft still in the First Choice livery has arrived back at Manchester with the blended winglets now fitted. Thomson seem to be slowly but surely fitting these winglets to their entire 767 fleet. G-OOBL (c/n 27393) arrived back at Manchester from Greensboro, USA following the modification work.
Winglets seem to be the way to go. The savings from having these winglets seem to far out way the cost implications of purchasing and fitting them. I just hope it doesn't lead to airlines keeping aircraft until they are much older.
Holiday flight delayed after pilots get stuck in traffic
Holidaymakers were delayed for nearly three hours when their pilot was left stranded in motorway traffic, the MEN reports. The captain of the Thomson Airways service from Manchester Airport to Turkey was among thousands of motorists caught up in long delays on the M56 near Chester after a crash between a lorry and two cars. The incident near junction 14 at Hapsford at around 04:30 on Monday caused diesel to spill onto the east-bound carriageway, which remained closed until 11:00. No one was hurt.
The jet had already been delayed for two hours due to a technical problem. Flight TOM714, which had been due to leave for Dalaman at 07:00, eventually departed at 09:50 with 229 passengers on board after a further 50 minute delay before pilot eventually made it to the airport.
Looks like TOM 2662 to Fuerteventura is returning to Manchester. It left Manchester with a delay of 1hr and 15 mins at 15:10 and reached 19,000 ft around the Brecon Beacons and has headed back towards Manchester. It is now holding at 6,000 ft around the St Helens, Wigan area.
Dreamliner to be based at Manchester Airport from next May
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner will fly from Manchester Airport permanently from next May, the MEN reports. Thomson Airways has announced that the revolutionary new plane will operate on its routes from Manchester to Cancun and Orlando Sanford from May next year.
The new plane will land in the city for the first time on Monday night, with up to 10,000 plane-spotters expected to visit the airport to see it Flight frequencies are yet to be confirmed because next year’s timetable has not been finalised, but the newspaper reports the aircraft will be a regular fixture in the region’s skies.