Boeing has delivered to United Airlines the carrier’s first of its 50 ordered, 787 Dreamliner, thus making United the first North American operator of this new generation aircraft.
United’s Dreamliners are configured with 36 seats in a six abreast Business class, 72 seats in a nine abreast Economy Plus with extra legroom, and 111 seats in Economy. (A video walkthrough through the cabin of United Dreamliner is embedded further below.)
Like all other operators, United will use its Dreamliner on domestic flights to gain experience for all the crews, flight, cabin, and ground, as well as putting the required numbers of landings for its flight crew, before transitioning its 787 fleet to international service in late 2012, on routes to Africa, Asia and Europe.
The aircraft, registration number N20904 has already flown to Houston to commence induction in to the United fleet, and non-commercial flights to each of United’s US hubs.