I recently took a short holiday to Menorca and on arrival at the gate at Gatwick North, was pleasantly surprised to see one of Thomson Airways new 787-8 Dreamliners waiting for us, obviously on a flight/cabin crew training short haul flight.
The flight was barely 2 hours, so cannot comment on comfort levels over, say a nine hour flight, but the seat pitch at 33/34 was good and made for a nice amount of leg room, and is more than you will find on many ‘long haul’ carriers in Y.
The windows are noticeably larger and the crew gave us a ‘disco’ light show in the cabin and with the ‘dimming’ windows, which was impressive, and you did have a feeling of quite a lot of space and very large overhead lockers, which easily took everyone’s hand luggage.
We flew at 43,000 feet which is higher than normal and might well ensure you are above much of any bad weather below, all in all, it was a very comfortable flight and the 787 will no doubt prove to be a popular aircraft.
We were all pleased to hear on arrival that in a week’s time we should be on the 787 again, and this was correct, while it was noticeable that many passengers were looking to make sure we were on the 787, at the moment it is only creating good reviews for Thomson.
In full BA configuration, it should be a pleasant way to while away 8+ hours.