Holy shit. How do the Brits rate? No Yank flights? Brits be living some Phuket ...
Phuket Flights Direct from Britain in 2013 a First for Dreamliner 787
By Phuketwan Reporter
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
PHUKET: With Phuket's high season beginning tomorrow, British newspapers are abuzz with the news that a 787 Dreamliner flight is bound for Phuket direct from Britain from November next year.
Thomson Airways says it will launch a weekly service from London's Gatwick airport to Phuket in November 2013, with both Thomson and First Choice agencies offering holidays that include travel on the groundbreaking aircraft.
According to the Daily Mail - world's most popular newspaper site - it's the first flight direct from Britain to Phuket.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine airliner that would take out more space than most airliners at Phuket International Airport.
Phuket airport is expected at this time next year to still be expanding under a construction program that will add a new international terminal.
Reports from the airport for this high season are mixed, with long queues encountered by some outgoing passengers.
Bookings for the Dreamliner service to Phuket will open on November 15.
Meanwhile, Thomson and First Choice - both Tui tour operators - will rebrand two existing hotels in Thailand to add to its offering.
Khao Lak will have a Thomson Couples hotel while Phuket will have a SplashWorld property.
Shona Swain, general manager of long-haul product for Thomson and First Choice, is quoted as saying: ''We are thrilled that we are able to offer an exclusive, direct flight to Phuket on the Thomson 787 Dreamliner and we are confident that our customers will love the destination and the hotels we will be operating to.''
Thomson Airways will become the first British airline to fly the Dreamliner in May 2013, serving Florida and Mexico from Manchester, Gatwick, Glasgow and East Midlands airports.
The aircraft is considered the world's most environmentally-friendly, using 20 percent less fuel than other planes of the same size and causing 60 percent less noise pollution.
It also features higher ceilings and larger windows, and is the first aircraft to abandon the ''bleed air'' system which scientists claim causes aerotoxic syndrome - an illness that can result in dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties.
The bleed air system draws compressed air through the engines and into the cabin, so if there is an oil or hydraulic fuel leak, toxic chemicals can contaminate the air supply. On the Dreamliner, fresh cabin air is pumped from a separate source.