After four months on the ground United Airlines today relaunched 787 Dreamliner services, with United Airlines Flight 1 from Houston to Chicago’s O’Hare. This the first flight since the 787 Dreamliner battery incident will be the start of Uniteds six 787 Dreamliners going back into service. “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. “This is an exciting time at United. Our investment in the Dreamliner is just one more example of our commitment to delivering the best product, route network and customer service in the industry.” United grounded its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners back on the 17 January after 2 incidents involving Japans All Nippon Airways in which the aircrafts lithium-ion batteries malfunctioned. United will launch international 787 service on the much-anticipated 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 airline expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners from Boeing in the second half of 2013.
With 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. The 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 2010. The full media release from United Airlines can be read below: United 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 prices. “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 international routes. 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 […]