Fly-by is dream of a tour for plane fans

A STATE-of-the-art jet performed a fly-by of Luton Airport’s Thomson headquarters on Tuesday as part of a tour of the UK.

Boeing’s revolutionary 787 Dreamliner was visiting the airline as part of the Dream Tour ahead of the airline launching Dreamliner flights next May.

The aircraft had been visiting Manchester Airport where it was met by 1960s Thomson pilots and cabin crew.

The fly-by also marked the airline’s 50th birthday.

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Chris Browne, managing director of Thomson Airways, said: “As the UK’s third largest airline, it is a major coup for us to become the first UK airline to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.

“We are thrilled to be flying the aircraft in our Summer 2013 flying programme and what better way to celebrate than to reunite some of our original pilots and cabin crew to showcase the latest in aviation technology.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner flying past Luton Airport. Photo by Nick Whittle