It’s time to Fly – United Airlines Launches 787 Service Los Angeles to Tokyo
After two months of US domestic service, which included teething problems, United Airlines is launching the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo-Narita (NRT) route today, January 3, 2013.
United flight 32 is scheduled to leave Los Angeles (LAX) at 11:15am this morning and will arrive at Tokyo-Narita (NRT) at 4:10pm the following day after crossing the international date line. The flight back to Los Angeles, United 33, is scheduled to depart Tokyo-Narita at 5:55pm and land at Los Angeles at 10:35am, again after crossing the international date line.
The Boeing 787 Gives Flight a New Meaning
The 787 Dreamliner is the first new widebody in the United Airlines fleet since the airline took delivery of its first Boeing 777 over 15 years ago as the launch customer.
Built of composite material and powered by next generation engines, the Boeing 787 is a highly efficient aircraft. Operators benefit from lower fuel bills and everyone benefits from lower emissions.
When it comes to the passenger experience, the first thing you’ll notice is a welcoming entry-way with bright LED lighting; once on-board the aircraft, large windows and spacious cabin will immediately catch your attention. The passenger perks don’t end here.
Once in-flight you’ll benefit from a lower cabin altitude combined with a new ventilation system that’ll allow you to arrive at your destination well rested. The lower cabin altitude means more oxygen and humidity in the air.
The average passenger jet is pressurized at 8,000 feet above sea level while the Boeing 787 is pressurized at 6,000 feet above sea level.
If you’re seated by a window, you’ll immediately notice the lack of window shades. Instead of closing a shutter, you’ll have the ability to electronically filter light from the windows, as will the flight attendants.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft operated by United feature 36 seats in BusinessFirst, 70 seats in Economy Plus, and 113 seats in Economy. United is a member of the Star Alliance.
Next week United’s Star Alliance partner, All Nippon Airways – better known as ANA, will launch non-stop flights between Silicon Valley’s San Jose Airport (SJC) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) with the revolutionary Dreamliner aircraft.