United Airlines Launches International Dreamliner Service

By Jesse Sokolow on 3 January 2013
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Passengers at a United gate at Narita

Passengers at a United gate at Narita

United Airlines is set to become the first U.S. airline to offer Boeing 787 Dreamliner service on international flights.  The airline, which was Boeing’s U.S. launch customer for the Dreamliner, will begin daily nonstop service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and Tokyo Narita, today. The route was previously operated using Boeing 777 aircraft.

Departing from Los Angeles at 11:15 a.m., flights will arrive in Tokyo at 4:10 p.m. the next day, while flights from Tokyo to Los Angeles will depart at 5:55 p.m. and arrive at 10:35 a.m. the same day. The service will be United’s first regularly-scheduled international route to use 787 Dreamliner’s.

United’s Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus, and 113 seats in United Economy. The Dreamliner offers improved lighting, larger windows and overhead bins, lower cabin altitude, higher humidity, and enhanced ventilation systems.

United Airlines, founded in 1926, began to offer service to Japan in 1985, after acquiring Pan Am’s entire Pacific Division, a move that enabled the airline to establish a hub in Tokyo.

(Photo: Jonathan Spira)

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