United – First US Boeing 787 Dreamliner Customer

United Airlines Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner with new Livery | Photo: United | Air Travel News

The Dreamliner | United Prepares to Receive for Traveling Public

This September, a new aircraft type for United, the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, will be soaring over the skies of the United States. The Chicago based airline will become the North America launch customer of the Boeing 787-800 – also known as the Dreamliner.

The cabin of this first aircraft is being prepared and installed with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 in United Economy Plus, and 111 seats in United Economy. Like other modern aircraft in the United fleet, the cabin color will contain a palette of blue and grey, but more important is the great travel experience passengers will have on this new airplane.

Upon setting foot in the 787-800, air traveler’s will find improved lighting, large windows, and overhead bins greater room — but not quite enough for the kitchen sink. Once seated and en-route, air travelers will notice a lower cabin altitude, more moisture, and overall, several new, passenger-friendly features which take air travel to the next level. If you can’t find a window shade, don’t worry, there are none – this advanced aircraft has huge windows which can be dimmed to filter out the light – either by the passenger or the flight crew.

In the race for best in-flight entertainment, there is an all-new design with more choices and better browsing – even searching for programs by language.

The 787 will have a unique livery, exclusive to the Dreamliner fleet – a gold line which wraps the fuselage will swoop from nose to tail. The swoop inspired by Boeing’s aircraft, but now being adopted and adorned on the 787 Dreamliner in a tribute to the two companies working together.

Getting Ready for United 787’s to Fly

Pilots need to be trained and experienced with this new aircraft type once it becomes part of the United fleet. To conduct this feat, a 787 full-flight simulator was installed at United’s hub in Houston, the initial 787 base.

At the Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) base, technicians are learning how to provide and maintain this new aircraft type.

The Boeing 787 brings in a new era of travel, as the aircraft not only economical, but built with composite materials providing a 30 percent increase in range of similar sized aircraft, plus it’ll use 20% less fuel at the same time.

Once the first, brand new, Boeing 787-800 is delivered, the United will conduct a number of tests, additional employee training, and it will need to complete proving runs and checks for the Federal Aviation Administration to give United the green light.

United Airlines is preparing to have five of these ultra-modern aircraft in service late this year. Dreamliners will continue to arrive through 2019 with a total of 50 firm orders with Boeing.

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