United Airlines has received their first Boeing 787-9 „Dreamliner“. The carrier will become the first airline in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 service later this month, Boeing told
„We’re proud that United has become the North America launch customer for both the 787-8 and 787-9, marking another important milestone in the successful history of Boeing and United working together,“ said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Earlier this year, United announced it will fly the airplane on what will become the longest 787 route — nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. United operates 11 787 Dreamliners with an additional 54 on order, including the 787-10.
WiFi on board
The 787-9 will be configured with 252 seats – 48 in United BusinessFirst and 204 in United Economy, including 88 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
The 787-9 fleet comes with factory installed Wi-Fi connectivity. Starting with this aircraft delivery, all of United subsequent Dreamliners, including the -8 and -10 variants, will be delivered with Wi-Fi. Currently the airline has Wi-Fi on more than 300 aircraft, including all Airbus and Boeing 747 aircraft, with plans to equip the entire mainline fleet with Wi-Fi by mid-2015.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes. The airplane leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.