United Airlines became the 6th operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner when it took possession of its first frame on 24th September
United Airlines first 787 taking off – Image: The Boeing Company.
United will be the North American launch customer of the 787 (which were originally ordered for Continental Airlines pre-merger), which is the first of fifty 787’s that will be heading to the airline .
The airline is planning to use the 787 on international routes to Africa, Asia and Europe, starting with domestic flights before switching its 787 fleet to international service in late 2012.
United’s Boeing 787-8’s are configured with the following seat layout
- 36 United BusinessFirst configured as 2-2-2
- 72 United Economy Plus configured as 3-3-3
- 111 United Economy seats configured as 3-3-3
Now United have taken delivery of the first 787, the aircraft will be heading off to Houston to commence a month-long training and certification program including non-commercial flights to each of United’s domestic hubs.
For United, the 787’s represent a step forward for the airline as the combined entity moves together… and hopefully with better soft product as well as a hard product..