the first test flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner completed on 15 December
2010 United Airlines and Boeing has now formally agreed on the purchase by
United of an additional 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with the total order valued
at US $4.2 billion.
development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been plagued by issues in recent
years pushing back the first delivery from May 2008 to the fourth quarter of
full media release from United Airlines can be read below:
to expand international service with fuel-efficient Dreamliner
SEATTLE and CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2010 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] and United Airlines [Nasdaq:
UAUA] have finalized an order for 25 787-8 jetliners. The agreement includes
the opportunity to purchase another 50 Dreamliners.
“Boeing and United
Airlines share an 80-year partnership,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of
Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “United,
which launched the Boeing 777, now begins a new chapter with the 787
Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built.”
The order is valued at $4.2 billion at average list
“United’s Boeing 787
order represents a substantial investment in our future and will enhance the significant
progress we are making in improving the global competitiveness of our company
while providing the opportunity to open new profitable markets and serve a
broader range of international destinations,” said
John Tague, president of United Airlines.
United expects to take delivery of the 787s at the
same time it will begin to retire its Boeing 747s and 767s operating on
The 787 Dreamliner, currently in flight test, will
provide greater fuel efficiency, allowing airlines to add new, nonstop city
pairs and the additional frequencies that passengers prefer.
The 787 also promises a more comfortable flying
experience for passengers. Its innovations include a new interior environment
with improvements in air filtration, higher cabin pressurization resulting in
reduced physical fatigue, larger windows, more stowage space, improved lighting
and other passenger-preferred conveniences.
The technologically advanced 787 will also provide
airlines with up to 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity.
Including United Airlines, 57 customers
around the world have ordered 876 Dreamliners, making the 787 the
fastest-selling new commercial jetliner in history.
About United Airlines
United Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA), operates approximately 3,300* flights a day on
United and United Express to more than 230 U.S. domestic and international
destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and
Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia Pacific region, Europe
and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in
the United States. United also is a founding member of the Star Alliance, which
provides connections for its customers to 1,077 destinations in 175 countries
worldwide. United’s 46,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in
many countries around the world. United ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for
domestic scheduled flights for 2009 among America’s five largest global carriers,
as measured by the Department of Transportation and published in the Air Travel
Consumer Report for 2009. News releases and other information about United can
be found at the company’s Web site at united.com. Follow United on
* Based on United’s
forward-looking flight schedule for January 2010 to December 2010.