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First Choice planning Glasgow Airport - Brazil flights

06.05.06

Flights from Scotland to Brazil and Costa Rica are planned by the first British airline to order a revolutionary new long-haul aircraft. First Choice Airways told The Scotsman newspaper that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make direct links from Glasgow to Central and South America viable when it enters service in 2009.

Flyglobespan also plans to buy the planes for Scottish flights to South Africa and Australia, but there is now a waiting list until 2012. Boeing said the aircraft, which will have 210-420 seats, burn up to 30 percent less fuel and cause 60 percent less noise than similar-sized planes. They can fly as far and as fast as most larger aircraft.

The 787 is also the first passenger jet to be built of carbon-based materials, enabling Boeing to create a more spacious cabin with larger windows and improved air pressure, which it said would reduce passenger fatigue.

Chris Browne, the managing director of First Choice, which currently flies as far as Florida and Mexico from Glasgow Airport, said the 787 would enable it to fly further, faster and cheaper. She said: 'The aircraft could give us a competitive edge, since people spend two days of their holidays in a plane.'

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