United Takes Delivery of Its First Dreamliner
United Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on September 22, 2012. United is now the first North American carrier to take delivery of the aircraft, and the airline expects to receive four more Dreamliners this year, out of its total order for 50.
United is preparing to fly its 787 from Boeing Field in Seattle to its hub in Houston this week. When it arrives, the aircraft is expected to begin a month-long training and certification program, which will include non-commercial flights to several United domestic hubs. As they are introduced into the fleet, the Dreamliners will be entered into previously announced domestic routes in November and international service in December, and will be based at United’s Houston hub. The inaugural 787 commercial flight is expected to operate from Houston to Chicago on November 4, 2012 with departure at 7:25 a.m.
Customers onboard the 787 will experience improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower effective cabin altitude, and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features. The aircraft is configured with 36 United BusinessFirst seats, 72 United Economy Plus seats, and 111 United Economy seats, and is the first mid-size aircraft capable of flying long-range routes. Recent photos and videos of the aircraft can be found in the media center on unitedcontinentalholdings.com.