Twitter users to name first British 787 Dreamliner

by William ASTON on July 23, 2012

Thomson Airways is asking its Twitter followers to conjure up a new name for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner it owns.

The carrier has created the hashtag #nameourplane, a slogan that has been painted on the side of an of existing 737 aircraft, in order to encourage suggestions. Thomson Airways’ competition will mark the arrival of its Dreamliner in Britain and the aircraft will start flights in May 2013.

Twitter users must tweet their suggested name, as well as their reasons for having chosen it under 140 characters. Anyone who spots the 737 brandishing the hashtag and uploads pictures of it will also be given consideration in the competition however caution must be exercised at some hubs as plane-spotters have sometimes been arrested in countries such as Greece and India for taking photographs.

The winning nomination is to be selected by a special panel of judges, which includes Thomson’s managing director Chris Browne as well as the carrier’s head of training Captain Stuart Gruber, who is also the 787’s test pilot. The Twitter user who is responsible for the winning name is also to be awarded a flight free of charge on board the aircraft.

The aircraft, which industry insiders have described as the most environmentally-friendly in theĀ  aviation world, will be used on routes from Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow. Thus far, 3 787s have already been ordered by Thomson Airways.

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