New BA dreamliner flies over Shire

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Business and Tourism cheifs were this week treated to the first passenger airflight from Edinburgh which flew over Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Passengers were ‘VIPS’ invited to see the first Dreamliner of 24 on order, with an expected 18 more to follow.

They will be spread across the airline’s long-haul network before being used to launch new routes in around 18 months’ time.

BA has no plans to fly the aircraft from Scotland again, but Thomson Airways has operated Dreamliners on its existing Glasgow to Florida and Mexico routes since last month.

However, experts said the plane’s superior fuel economy could be the catalyst for new long-distance routes being launched from Scotland.

The plane landed safely back at Edinburgh Airport early evening.

Stuart Birkett, managing director of Mearns Leader owner Johnston Press Scotland, who was on the flight, said: “The aircraft was smooth and quiet, but will probably be more of a game changer from a financial point of view - its fuel economy - than the passenger experience, which was not desperately different from other aircraft.”

The plane flew over Aberdeen and the Moray Firth before returning via Perth.