Thomson sets date for first 787 services

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UK holiday carrier Thomson Airways is to carry out its first Boeing 787 services in the second week of July, following regulatory for the battery fix on the type.

Thomson Airways says the first flights will take place on 8 July on routes to Cancun and Florida.

The airline will still be using 767s for services up to 7 July, it says. Thomson had originally implemented a surcharge for passengers wanting to fly on the 787, but says it will repay the fee for travellers whose outbound flights are on the older jets.

"We'll be refunding or crediting bookings with the supplement these customers paid to travel on the [787] on their flight out," says the airline, adding that premium passengers will be given a goodwill payment owing to the difference in leg-room between the types.

Thomson will be the first UK operator to put the 787 into operation.