North America’s first Dreamliner delivered to United Airlines

North America’s first Dreamliner delivered to United Airlines

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate on United’s international routes starting December 2012
United Airlines 787 Dreamliner
The first of a 50-strong fleet United Airlines will eventually control.

North America has received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be ready for commercial flight, courtesy United Airlines.

The US$206.8 million aircraft, acclaimed as “the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built” by Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is due to embark on its first flight between Houston and Chicago on November 4, at 7.25 a.m.

After a two-month period of domestic flights, United’s 787 fleet, which will eventually comprise 50 aircraft, will be used on the carrier’s European, African and Asian routes starting December this year.

United Airlines 787 DreamlinerMore room for bags, better lighting, bigger windows. What are we going to complain about now?“We are delighted to be getting our first 787 Dreamliner,” said Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United. “As we continue to build the world's leading airline, we are excited for our customers and coworkers to experience this game-changing aircraft."

The 787 uses 20 percent less fuel than other aircraft in the same category thanks to a lighter composite fuselage. It also has bigger, dimmable windows and roomier cabins.

Find out what else makes the 787 so special here.

Of the 824 total 787 orders to date, 24 have so far been delivered. United Airlines is the sixth carrier to receive one of the planes.

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