Humans have always wanted to fly. The myth of Icarus flying too close to the sun, and the plans we have of Da Vinci’s 15th century flying machine show how much we’ve wanted to be able to spread our arms and fly, and the invention of airplanes shows how far we’ve come.
Scroll through as we take you on a brief history of the commercial airliner.
The Smithsonian Institute describes it as ‘the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve sustained flight with a pilot aboard.’
As the plane was plagued with accidents, it helped establish one of the first processes for accident investigation.
The Concorde was well known for its droop nose cone which could be dipped to enhance the pilot’s visibility when landing.
Its supersonic speeds enabled the Concorde to get from London to New York in under 3 and a half hours.
The Boeing 757 was designed concurrently with Boeing’s 767 which meant that pilots could qualify to fly both.
In 2012, the pop star Rihanna used one of these planes to embark on her 777 tour, where she performed 7 concerts in 7 days in 7 countries.
The Dreamliner 787 has seatback TVs with access to plug in your smartphone or tablet. * Planned appearance of Thomson 787 Dreamliner
The windows are 30 per cent larger than those found on the average plane and instead of blinds, you use a dimmer switch to control the tint of the window. * Planned appearance of Thomson 787 Dreamliner
THE NEW LIVERY
Retaining the light blue colour currently seen on the airlines, the new livery introduces a dark blue shade which is known as 'dynamic waves'. This will be introduced as new aircraft are delivered and when aircraft are due to have their livery updated. Our new 'dynamic wave' and uniform designs will enhance our group-wide brand recognition by establishing one distinctive 'look' across our Group airlines.
While standard aircraft are made of metal, the Dreamliner is made of 'composite' – a combination of different materials. It means it's stronger, lighter and more aerodynamic. The Dreamliner is instantly identifiable from most commercial aircraft by its raked wing-tip design. The bowing shape of the wings drastically reduces drag, allowing a shorter take-off distance and greater fuel efficiency.