United Airlines First American Carrier To Receive Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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24 September 2012, Everett, Washington – United Airlines is the first North American carrier to fly the 787 taking delivery of its first of 50 Dreamliners today, opening new routes for the airline.

United’s first Dreamliner is expected to arrive in Houston later this week to begin a month-long training and certification programme including non-commercial flights to each of United’s domestic hubs.

Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United, said, “As the North American launch customer, we are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner. As we continue to build the world’s leading airline, we are excited for our customers and co-workers to experience this game-changing aircraft.”

The 787 will fly United’s international routes to Africa, Asia and Europe. The airline will conduct temporary domestic flights before transitioning its 787 fleet to international service in late 2012.

“This 787 delivery represents the continuation in the more than 80-year partnership between our two companies,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “United now begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built. It reinforces United’s commitment to be the world’s leading airline by providing unmatched fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.”

Each of United’s Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems.

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