United Airlines has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9. The vehicle is an enlarged version of the Boeing’s Dreamliner unit and will allow the airline to accommodate an increased number of passengers on its routes. The aircraft is the first of 26 of the newest member of the Dreamliner family United has on order.
The aircraft will be first fitted with perform United-specific software installations and hardware upgrades before united pilots fly the aircraft to the airline’s Houston hub for additional flights, before it is expected to enter domestic service in late September.
The Boeing 787-9’s extended range of 8,550 miles compared to the 787-8’s 8,200 will enable united to launch the longest Dreamliner route in the world to date. United’s Los Angles to Melbourne, Australia service will commence on October 26 and be the airline’s first regularly scheduled international deployment of the aircraft. Until the launch, United will primarily fly the aircraft between Houston and Los Angeles.
United’s 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.
United’s 787-9 fleet comes with factory-installed Wi-Fi connectivity. Starting with this aircraft delivery, all of the airline’s subsequent Dreamliners, including the -8 and -10 variants, will be delivered with Wi-Fi.