Glasgow Dreamliner flights set to start in July

The Dreamliner aircraft, pictured here in Japan, has encountered technical problems. Picture: Getty
The Dreamliner aircraft, pictured here in Japan, has encountered technical problems. Picture: Getty
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PASSENGERS will fly from Scotland in Boeing’s fault-plagued 787 Dreamliner for the first time from July, in services from Glasgow airport that will start two months late, Thomson Airways announced today.

Flights to Cancun in Mexico and to Florida will start on Monday, 8 July.

They should have begun this week, but were delayed by all airlines grounding their fleets of the aircraft in January after battery faults caused fires, which included an emergency evacuation in Japan.

Thomson has being using other aircraft, including Boeing 767s, to fill the gap after Glasgow saw the most advance bookings among the three UK airports from which it will fly the aircraft.

The airline hopes to have its first Dreamliner delivered from Boeing at the end of May.

It has set up an advice line for passengers who booked flights via the Thomson or First Choice websites or its call centre on 0800 0723 829.

Eight airlines withdrew a total of 50 of the cutting-edge aircraft from service, following the lead of the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States over battery faults.