North America’s first Boeing 787 operator – United Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
United Airlines Boeing 787-9 during test flights, Image – The Boeing Company.
For the planes future, its will be handling long haul routes for united, with a Los Angeles to Melbourne route planned for the aircraft – which will be the longest distance route the aircraft class will operate.
Additionally, there are plans for a one-time operation to Chengdu on the 13th October, as well as plans to operate the aircraft domsticly within the USA before long range deployment in October. Dates and routes are spotty – however, they are listed on Airline Routes, with some listed on united.com.
Shown below is UA1621 on the 2nd October 2014 from IAH to EWR:
Seat maps aboard United 1621 2nd October 2014 – some capacity avalible
The configuration of this aircraft is:
- 48 Business First Seats
- 88 Economy Plus Seats
- 116 Economy Seats
You’ll see more Dreamliners enter the United Airlines fleet, with the airline currently operating 11 of the type, and having 54 aircraft on order.
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Did the 787-9 get any new features in Business First?