United takes Boeing 787 Ownership
United Airlines took ownership of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner this past weekend and is expecting to take five ownership deliveries this year. Now that United owns their first Boeing 787, the airline is preparing to fly it from Seattle’s Boeing Field (BFI) to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
Prior to the Continental – United merger, Houston based Continental Airlines had placed firm orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Houston Intercontinental being home to Continental Airlines. As such, the infrastructure to support the initial 787 Dreamliner deliveries ended up in Houston, everything from a 787 Flight Simulator to maintenance preparations.
As the two companies merged into one via United-Contiential Holdings, United Airlines kept their headquarters in Chicago and the initial 787 program in Houston.
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.”
United Inaugural 787 Flight and Schedule
United plans to operate their Boeing 787 inaugural flight between Houston Intercontinental (IAH) and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on November 4, 2012.
November 4, 2012, United 787-8 Dreamliner Inaugural Flight Schedule
|Houston I’Continental (IAH)||Chicago O’Hare (ORD)||7:25am||9:56am||UA 1116||787|
|Chicago O’Hare (ORD)||Houston I’Continental (IAH)||11:15am||2:00pm||UA 1510||787|
Seats are filling up on these flights quickly if you wish to be one of the first to experience the Boeing 787 on United Airlines. However, United will be operating the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on domestic flights from November through the end of March.
Seatmaps for United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Inaugural
The United Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is configured to seat 219 passengers. Thirty-Six of the seats are in United BusinessFirst, 70 in United Economy Plus, and 113 in United Economy.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a revolutionary new-build aircraft made of lighter composite materials instead of aluminum. Between the lighter weight of the composite aircraft and new, fuel-efficient GEnx-1B engines. This not only saves United money with lower operating costs but the aircraft is a good neighbor with lower emissions.
United Boeing 787 Interior Photos of BusinessFirst and Economy
Once stepping onto the 787 Dreamliner you’ll notice the LED lighting, large windows, and spacious overhead bins. The over-sized windows will immediately catch your attention; if seated at a window seat, instead of the traditional shade, you’ll find an electronic dimmer to block the light out. The dimmer can be controlled by both passengers and flight attendants.
One of the best benefits of the 787 is the lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems which provide more humidity into the air. This will be most noticeable on long-haul flights and will provide an environment allowing for better rest and less dehydration.
This aircraft is a real game changer for both short jaunts as well as extensive international travel.