United Airlines has given the media and aviation fans a sneak peak of the first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner sporting a North American colour scheme.
While United won’t be taking ownership of the jet until September, travel.usatoday.com says that the atmosphere at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington, yesterday (August 2) was electric.
Comments from around the world flooded both United’s webcast page and the the social networks as the Dreamliner was wheeled out of the factory gates. Flight tracking and aviation fans from Norway, Japan and Australia are even reported to have stayed up for the event, applauding the footage in real time.
“We have been awaiting this day for a while. And it has been worth every bit of the wait,” declared Dave Hilfman, United’s senior vice president of sales.
Hilfman spoke in reference to the long wait United has had to endure to receive the planes. Boeing’s Dreamliner is coming to the market around three years late due to production delays.
The 787 will serve commercial flights for United from September on a Houston to Lagos route, replacing the 777. Later, in March, United will open its first new route with the 787 on a daily non-stop service between Tokyo and Denver.
According to engadget.com, Japan’s All Nippon Airways was the first to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner last year. Japan Airlines is also in possession of a 787 and put it though its paces in a Pacific flight earlier this year.