Thomson Airways a winner in World Airline Awards

Thomson Airways, a British charter airline that is part of the Tui travel group, has been recognised in the World Airline Awards.

Travellers from more than 160 countries around the globe vote for the awards, making it the world’s biggest airline passenger survey, and Thomson Airways achieved the Best Leisure Airline award. Other major winners were Dubai-based Emirates, which was awarded airline of the year, while the World’s Best Cabin Staff award went to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific. The best low-cost airline award was taken by Malaysia-based Air Asia.

To compile the survey, 18.2 million passengers were asked for their opinions on a range of factors, including in-flight food and entertainment. Minor awards included a second recognition for Emirates with Best In-Flight Entertainment, the Best Economy Class award went to Garuda of Indonesia, and ANA of Japan won a Cabin Cleanliness award.

Thomson Airways MD, Chris Browne, was quoted in the Daily Mail, saying, ‘We are so proud to receive this fantastic accolade, given the strength of the competition, but most of all because it is voted for by passengers.

‘The World Airline Awards are highly sought-after across the global airline industry and this award is testament to all the hard work of all the team here at Thomson to deliver unique holiday experiences to our customers.

‘We are committed to modernising every aspect of the holiday experience and aim to further improve and enhance our service to customers, with the introduction of the brand new Thomson 787 Dreamliner this summer.’

Thomson Airways to Receive Boeing Dreamliner Aircraft

Thomson Airways, a UK based charter airline company, will be the first leisure carrier to operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The airline is planning to induct the initial aircraft to its flight schedule from May 1, 2013. The aircraft should be delivered to the airline by the first quarter of 2013, and it is intended to offer better travel options to the airline’s passengers.

Thomson proposes to redesign the aircraft to carry around 291 passengers, with a Premium Club cabin seating 47 passengers, and the Economy Club cabin seating 244 passengers. The airline intends to acquire eight of the 13 Dreamliners, ordered by TUI Travel, the parent travel company. The first four are likely to arrive in 2013, an additional three in 2014, and the last in 2015.

The company is inviting its guests to name its first Dreamliner through a contest on Twitter, using the hash tag, #nameourplane.

Another UK based airline, British Airways, will be acquiring its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, to be delivered in May 2013, with three aircraft set to arrive that year. The airline is also acquiring A380 aircraft, the first of which is likely to join the fleet in the second half of 2013.

The chief executive officer of the airline’s parent company, Willie Walsh, said, ‘We are in discussions with Airbus about deliveries. The A380 deliveries will be pushed back and it’s likely we will continue to take delivery of the A380s in 2013 but it will be probably towards the third quarter of the year before we take delivery of those aircraft.

The 787s remain broadly on target in terms of delivery – there’s been a little bit of slippage but nothing of any great significance.

We remain broadly on target to take delivery of the A380s and 787s.’