United Airlines has announced it finally took ownership of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner earlier this week, flightglobal.com reports.
The first of five Dreamliners to be received this year, United is to fly the aircraft out of its Houston Intercontinental hub, where it will be used on domestic routes from early November. It is the first American airline to take ownership of the coveted aircraft and United has a further 50 planes on order.
It might not be long before aviation fans will be spotting Dreamliners on the flight radar crossing the Atlantic, as United said it will start its international service on December 4th. In addition to flying between the US and Europe, the Dreamliners will be used on routes to Asia and Africa.
United president Jeff Smisek said he was thrilled on behalf of patrons and co-workers to be the ‘North American launch customer’ to experience what he called “this game-changing aircraft”.
Speaking to breakingtravelnews.com, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president, Ray Conner, said: “This 787 delivery represents the continuation in the more than 80-year partnership between our two companies. United now begins a new chapter with the 787 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial jetliner ever built.”
The aircraft, registered N20904, offers improved passenger comfort and unmatched fuel efficiency, Conner added.