After months of delays due to safety concerns, United Airlines welcomed back its Boeing 787 with the re-launch of commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston. United’s Flight 1 departure from Houston Intercontinental at 11 a.m. to Chicago O’Hare marked the return of regular service using the aircraft.
United will operate additional Dreamliner flights on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs this week, and the airline will launch international 787 service on the Denver-Tokyo route on June 10.
This summer United also plans to inaugurate 787 service on existing routes including Houston-London, Los Angeles-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Shanghai and Houston-Lagos.
“The 787 offers an unmatched travel experience for our customers and co-workers, and we are thrilled to be flying it again,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.
The airline said it expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners from Boeing in the second half of 2013.