It isn’t very often I get invited to celebrate an airline’s summer schedule, but last week the invite went one better. It was to launch new flights by Thomson and Falcon to Mexico and Jamaica while enjoying a one hour flight around Ireland.
We got a very early coach to Dublin Airport to greet the first ever Thomson Holidays Dreamliner flight to Ireland. The momentous occasion was to celebrate the launch of two long-haul routes to Cancun, Mexico and Montego Bay, Jamaica direct from Dublin Airport during summer 2016.
We arrived and were welcomed at the airport by a team buzzing with excitement at this special occasion. We then watched and applauded from the viewing gallery as the Dreamliner landed for the first time in Ireland. It felt a bit strange to be applauding a plane landing, but sure isn’t that normal behaviour by some passengers as any plane lands?
Then we headed in to the skies for a one hour flight to try out this amazing 21st Century experience with windows that darkened at the press of a button, usb sockets to charge your phone and view images in the seat back screen, loads of headroom, the amazing ThomsonWave light display, and much more.
Our pilot was the MD of Thomson Airways, John Murphy, who flew us over his birthplace on the Fermanagh/Monaghan border. He then took us over Strabane where TUI Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Browne was born. Chris is the lady responsible for buying and kitting out the planes and as a self confessed shopper, spending $250million on each plane was a big spend. Chris personally selected everything on the new aircraft, from the lights to the leather. Now if that isn’t a dream job……
The atmosphere on the Dreamliner was like a party as champagne flowed, and we were encouraged to explore. Of course the first place I had to check out were the Premium Club seats, with the all important legroom. When you’re 6 ft 5, legroom is vital! The 38” seat pitch is definitely something I’ll be opting for when I fly with the Thomson Dreamliner, and with upgrades from only €259 per person return, it’s even more tempting. Included in the price is a bigger luggage allowance, security fast track, noise reduction headphones, and priority check in, well, it’s a done deal if you ask me.
The economy cabin 32″ seat pitch wasn’t much for me, and as soon as the passenger in front reclined the seat, I was a bit squashed, but again, being tall has some big disadvantages when flying, no matter who I fly with. But the great value of the premium club seats on this route means luxury is a bit more of an option.
When the Dreamliner landed I had the treat of a lifetime, to sit in the pilots seat! For someone who’s childhood dream was to be a pilot, but couldn’t for health reasons, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Amazing!
Back on land again, we went along to the official Summer 2016 launch event and enjoyed an amazing Mexican and Jamaican themed party!
What a day and huge thanks to Falcon, Thomson and Smarts for the invite and amazing experience.
Thomson Airways will operate the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner 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.
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 your local Falcon Travel Shop or travel agent and will be available at a later date online at www.falconholidays.ie