United To Fly Composite 787 Dreamliner on US Domestic Flights

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United to Temporarily Fly 787 on US Domestic Routes

The 787 is a First, especially when it comes to the use of composite materials to lower weight. United is the first US airline to take delivery and will be the first to allow passengers the 787 Dreamliner experience on US domestic flights.

The General Electric GEnx Engines which power the Dreamliner are also made of composite materials, resulting in the only jet engine with a front fan system made with lightweight carbon fiber composites in the word.

There’s so many neat and unique features on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner that travel on this bird is in high demand – The Dreamliner sports multi-color LED “mood” lighting, the Boeing Sky Interior, and you can’t forget the large windows without window shades. The windows are instead dimmed at the window seat and the flight attendants have the ability to dim the windows as well.

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United will fly this spectacular aircraft on US domestic routes once proving/validation flights are completed along with training United crews on the fascinating new aircraft type.

As the 787 Dreamliner aircraft join the United Airlines fleet, they will initially be based at United’s Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) hub. The airline will phase in scheduled 787 service between Houston and each of its other domestic hubs beginning on November 4, 2012.

United has established a schedule with over 470 flight segments for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the last two months of 2012.

Initial US Domestic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Routes

Route Flight times Effective Date End Date Frequency
IAH-SFO-IAH 5:45 p.m. westbound

12:15 a.m. eastbound

Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 2, 2012 5 x weekly
IAH-LAX-IAH 3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 3, 2012 6 x weekly
IAH-ORD-IAH 7:25 a.m. northbound

11:15 a.m. southbound

Nov. 4, 2012 Dec. 3, 2012 6 x weekly
IAH-EWR-IAH 8 a.m. northbound

3:30 p.m. southbound

Nov. 4, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily, except Nov. 18
IAH-CLE-IAH 7 a.m. northbound
4 p.m. southbound
Nov. 10, 2012 Nov. 10, 2012 One-day service
IAH-IAD-IAH 7 a.m. northbound
3:50 p.m. southbound
Nov. 17, 2012 Nov. 17, 2012 One-day service
IAH-SFO-IAH 5:45 p.m. westbound

12:15 a.m. eastbound

Dec. 3, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH 3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Dec. 4, 2012 Jan. 3, 2013 Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH 7:20 a.m. westbound
10:15 a.m. eastbound
Dec. 5, 2012 Jan. 2, 2013 Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH 7:35 a.m. westbound
12:30 p.m. eastbound
Jan. 3, 2013 March 31, 2013 Daily
IAH-ORD-IAH 7:25 a.m. northbound

11:15 a.m. southbound

Jan. 4, 2013 March 29, 2013 Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH 9:15 a.m. westbound
2:15 p.m. eastbound
March 31, 2013 Open Daily

Timing of the flights may vary slightly depending on day of week and schedules are subject to change.

Airport Code Breakdown

IAH = Houston Intercontinental
CLE = Cleveland
SFO = San Francisco
ORD = Chicago O’Hare
EWR = Newark Liberty Intl
IAD = Washington National
LAX = Los Angeles International
DEN = Denver International

Booking Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flights

The Boeing 787 aircraft will display for sale on these domestic routes via distribution channels beginning September 1, 2012. In October, United will announce plans for the official first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights, which are excepted to occur before November 4th, but not until proving/validation and training flights are complete.

United’s Managing Director of Scheduling, Grant Whitney, said, “While the Dreamliner’s superior operating economics make it ideally suited for international routes, we’re pleased to have this opportunity to introduce it on domestic flights between many of our hub cities allowing both customers and employees to experience this revolutionary aircraft and its many unique benefits.” Whitney adds, “United customers and employees can take part in welcoming the newest member of our fleet.”

United will be the first US airline to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will be operating the Dreamliner years ahead of other North American competitors.

The Dreamliner is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 in Economy Plus, and 111 in United Economy. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.

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