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Here’s something I should have posted last week but didn’t get round to it!
The 787 aircraft, also named ‘Dreamliner’ has made its first official visit to Heathrow. The aircraft ZZZ007 is on a tour of Europe, where Heathrow is its first stop. After touching down early in the morning the aircraft hosted a ceremony in which the CEOs of the three airlines receiving the 787 were given the opportunity to explore the aircraft’s features.
Both IAG CEO Willie Walsh and Virgin Atlantic CEO Steve Ridgway attended the ceremony, keen to experience the revolutionary technology on-board. Steve Ridgway took the opportunity to announce that updated seats in all classes will be on-board while Willie Walsh suggested that the plane can be used to develop new routes in Asia. An atmosphere of animosity was noticeable between the two throughout the ceremony with Willie Walsh mumbling loudly to block out Mr Ridgway’s announcement, while the Virgin Atlantic CEO repeatedly locked Mr Walsh in the lavatory before dispatching him down the emergency chute.
Meanwhile, Thomson Airways Managing Director Chris Browne took a particular liking to the LED lighting, and announced that after empathising with Thomson passengers, she would offer compulsory UV tanning at every seat, allowing the customers to look nice even when the weather had failed them. She also announced that the seat pitch in the 787 would be a generous 28 inches, up from the current 25 inches found in the 757 and 767 aircraft Thomson currently operate.
While this is the first official visit of the 787 to Heathrow, the next-generation aircraft has already visited this year, after poor weather caused a diversion of an ANA jet from Frankfurt. ANA customers appeared confused when emerging from the aircraft to find 3 hour immigration queues, but were less confused after being informed that they had landed at Heathrow.
In related news, the current immigration situation at Heathrow is being protested at by almost all stakeholders including airlines, airports and businesses who argue that the long delays will damage the economy. However, one surprising ally of the Government’s policies is TeamGB who reason that since no athletes will be able to enter the country in time, Britain is guaranteed to win the 2012 Olympics.