14 JANUARY 2013
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The Boeing 787 was quietly introduced by United Airlines on Thursday 3 January with an 11hr 7min inugural between Los Angeles and Tokyo Narita. Flight UA 32 has performed well to date (one service cancelled) with the quickest journey just under 11 hours, much in line with the replaced 777 services.
With six aircraft delivered the airline is expected to introduce the Dreamliner on one of its twice daily Heathrow – Houston services from 2 March until the start of the summer schedule at the end of the month. Just a week earlier the Chicago-based carrier plans to inaugurate Amsterdam from Houston, originally planned for December. Lagos, also from the Texas hub, will come on-line around the same time.
The initial Dreamliners are configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 70 seats in United Economy Plus and 113 seats in United Economy. Customers on the flights will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.
United plans to commence Shanghai Pudong – Los Angeles on 30 March and Denver – Tokyo 31 March. www.united.com
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