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Manston Airport welcomes Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for British Airways training

By KentOnline reporter
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Manston
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Manston

Manston has welcomed the controversial Dreamliner aircraft into Kent for training.

It comes after the plane made worldwide headlines when a catalogue of safety issues was discovered after its launch. These included fuel leaks and battery fires.

British Airways has brought its new plane to the Thanet airport as training for pilots and cabin crews continues.

It comes just one day after the British Airways A380 left the airport after it underwent similar tests and training.

The 787-8 can accommodate 214 passengers in three classes.

Manston chief executive Charles Buchanan
Manston chief executive Charles Buchanan

Manufactured by Boeing, the mid-size, dual aisle, twin-engine jet is quieter, lighter and more fuel efficient than similar sized commercial jets.

The A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, has spent the last two weeks based at Manston.

Charles Buchanan, chief executive of Manston Airport, said: "We have had many people surrounding the perimeter of the airport hoping for a glimpse of the A380 on take-off or landing and I hope the 787 will create just as much excitement.

"We are delighted that British Airways chose Manston to carry out its entry into service programme for its two newest aircraft and we hope to be able to welcome them back one day."

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