High flying Nicola names plane

Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow Airport
Images of Thomson Dreamliner "Living the Dream" photoshoot at Glasgow Airport

BEARSDEN woman Nicola Thomson will be one of the first passengers in Britain to fly on the new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Nicola (38) suggested ‘Living the Dream’ as the new name for the Thomson Airways aircraft after tweeting her entry to the company.

Judges were inundated with thousands of tweets but were particularly moved by the story behind Nicola’s entry, telling how she has battled to recover from neuro surgery.

As well as naming the Dreamliner, Nicola will also get to fly on the new state-of-the-art aircraft when Thomson becomes the first UK airline to fly the plane from May next year.

Nicola said: “I’m thrilled to name such an amazing plane.

“I wanted to propose a name that summarises the unique experience for passengers on board Thomson’s Dreamliner and was inspired by what an amazing year 2012 has been – from the inspiring Olympic and Paralympics achievements and for me on a personal level after surviving neuro surgery.

“After a full recovery I feel fantastic and can’t wait to celebrate naming the Dreamliner with a trip on board.

“I really do feel like I’m ‘Living the Dream’!”

The winning applicant was chosen by a panel of judges including: Chris Browne, managing director of Thomson Airways, Todd Nelp, vice president of sales for Europe, Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Captain Stuart Gruber, Thomson Airways’ Head of Training and the 787 test pilot.

Chris Browne, managing director of Thomson Airways, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the public to #nameourplane when judging the entries. However, we were moved by Nicola’s inspiring story which meant that ‘Living the Dream’ really stood out.”

Thomson Airways will operate the Dreamliner from four regional airports from 1st May 2013 – Manchester, London Gatwick, Glasgow and East Midlands.