6 AUGUST 2012
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Boeing has showcased the first United Airlines 787 Dreamliner fresh out of the paint shops at Everett, Seattle. Both companies are based in Chicago. The aircraft is expected to go into service in September. To date 859 Boeing 787s have been ordered and 15 delivered.
United is the North American launch customer for the Dreamliner, and expects to take delivery of its first 787 in September. The airline has firm orders for 50 for delivery by 2019.
The aircraft cabin is configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy. Customers will be more comfortable with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other features. The 787s inflight entertainment system features an all-new design that offers more intuitive browsing and more filtering choices, giving customers the option of searching for programmes by language.
United’s unveiling provided the first look at the aircraft’s interior and customized livery that is exclusive to the fleet, featuring a gold line that wraps the fuselage and swoops from nose to tail. The livery is inspired by the trademark swoop painted on each of Boeing’s aircraft and is being adopted for the United 787 in a tribute to the two companies’ long history of working together. www.boeing.com/commercial www.united.com