[LGW] Boeing’s new Dreamliner braved tough conditions to fly into London Gatwick today for the very first time. The visit to the UK’s second busiest airport was made in very poor weather conditions, and meant the Boeing crew had to battle high cross winds and pouring rain.
A windy and wet reception for the first Dreamliner to visit London Gatwick
The Dreamliner’s appearance at the West Sussex airport today is all part of the sixth leg of Boeing’s ‘787 Dreamliner World Tour’ and it has been a very busy schedule, with Manchester and Heathrow already crossed off the list so far this week.
The 6th leg of the tour includes other European destinations before returning to the US:
- April 22– London’s Heathrow Airport
- April 23 – Manchester Airport
- April 25 – London’s Gatwick Airport
- April 27 – London’s Heathrow Airport
- May 1 – Oslo, Norway
- May 4 – Taranto, Italy
- May 7 – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Washington, DC
- May 11 – Dallas, Texas
- May 14 – St. Louis, Missouri
The first landing at Gatwick came around 11am this morning with hundreds of spectators around the perimeters of the airport, braving the rough weather to get a first glimpse of the new aircraft.
It took off again at around 2pm for a short demonstration flight with invited guests on board.
The 787 crew had to battle 30 mph cross winds today in LGW, but achieved a very steady touchdown
Designated Flight No. BOE787 for this trip, it landing safely back at Gatwick at around 3.30pm and taxied to a stand to allow other invited guests to review the facilities on board.
The aircraft will return to Heathrow this Friday and then make its way to Oslo in Norway on Tuesday of next week, followed by a trip to warmer climes when it travels to Taranto in Southern Italy on the final leg of the European part of its tour.
Chris Newman reporting
For the Airport Informer
25th April, 2012