Thomson launches UK’s first direct flight to Phuket,Thailand

Thomson and First Choice are set to launch the UK’s first flights to the popular Thai paradise island of Phuket.

The tour operators, both under the TUI brand, will offer a weekly service from London Gatwick from November 2013 on Thomson’s new 787 Dreamliner planes. “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,” said Shona Swain, general manager of long-haul product for Thomson and First Choice.

Thomson Airways will become the first British airline to use the Dreamliner in May 2013, serving Florida and Mexico from Manchester, Gatwick, Glasgow and East Midlands airports. The aircraft is said to be the world’s most environmentally friendly, using 20% less fuel than other planes of the same size. Not only that, but the Dreamliner boasts of having 60% less noise pollution than other planes.

Thomson might be the first UK airline to use the Dreamliner, but Qatar Airways will be the first carrier in the world to fly the plane commercially when it adds the 787 to its Heathrow to Doha route in December.

Travellers will be able to make bookings with Thomson from 15 November, allowing them to travel directly to the holiday resort without the typical stopover in the Thai capital of Bangkok. In addition to this, Thomson and First Choice will rebrand two if its existing hotels in Thailand to add to its offer.

KhaoLak Hotel will have a Thomson Couples hotel while Phuket itself will have a Splash World property. Wherever you are heading on holiday, remember to take out travel insurance before you leave. This will protect you financially should you have an accident or be the victim of crime while you are away.

Date Created: 07 November 2012

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