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United Airlines announces 787 domestic routes starting November

United Airlines has today announced plans to fly its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on domestic routes starting in November.

The airline is preparing to begin previously-announced international services in December and January.

United expects to take delivery of the first five new Dreamliners this year from its total order for 50 of these aircraft.  As the initial aircraft are inducted into the fleet, they will be based at United’s Houston hub and will enter into service according to the following schedule:

Late September

1st 787 delivery


Proving/validation flights and training activities that allow United to meet FAA certification requirements and prepare United to become the first North American operator for this new aircraft type. 2nd 787 delivery.


Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs.  3rd and 4th 787 deliveries expected.


Scheduled commercial flights from Houston to other U.S. hubs.  5th 787 delivery expected. First international service Dec. 4.


Commencement of scheduled commercial flights on additional international routes as announced on Aug. 23.

United will phase in scheduled 787 service between Houston and each of its other domestic hubs beginning Nov, 4, 2012 as shown below. This schedule allows United’s 787 aircraft to operate more than 470 flight segments in the U.S. in the last two months of 2012 in addition to international flights beginning in early December:

United Domestic 787 Flights


RouteFlight timesEffective DateEnd DateFrequency
IAH-SFO-IAH5:45 p.m. westbound12:15 a.m. eastboundNov. 4, 2012Dec. 2, 20125 x weekly
IAH-LAX-IAH3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Nov. 4, 2012Dec. 3, 20126 x weekly
IAH-ORD-IAH7:25 a.m. northbound11:15 a.m. southboundNov. 4, 2012Dec. 3, 20126 x weekly
IAH-EWR-IAH8 a.m. northbound3:30 p.m. southboundNov. 4, 2012Jan. 3, 2013Daily, except Nov. 18
IAH-CLE-IAH7 a.m. northbound
4 p.m. southbound
Nov. 10, 2012Nov. 10, 2012One-day service
IAH-IAD-IAH7 a.m. northbound
3:50 p.m. southbound
Nov. 17, 2012Nov. 17, 2012One-day service
IAH-SFO-IAH5:45 p.m. westbound12:15 a.m. eastboundDec. 3, 2012Jan. 3, 2013Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH3:30 p.m. westbound
6:25 p.m. eastbound
Dec. 4, 2012Jan. 3, 2013Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH7:20 a.m. westbound
10:15 a.m. eastbound
Dec. 5, 2012Jan. 2, 2013Daily
IAH-LAX-IAH7:35 a.m. westbound
12:30 p.m. eastbound
Jan. 3, 2013March 31, 2013Daily
IAH-ORD-IAH7:25 a.m. northbound11:15 a.m. southboundJan. 4, 2013March 29, 2013Daily
IAH-DEN-IAH9:15 a.m. westbound
2:15 p.m. eastbound
March 31, 2013OpenDaily


Note: Timing may vary slightly depending on day of the week.  Schedules are subject to change.

The 787 aircraft will display for sale for these domestic routes on united.com and other distribution channels beginning Sept. 1. In October, United will announce plans for the official first commercial 787 flights, which are expected to occur prior to Nov. 4 but only after proving/validation flights and training are complete.

“While the Dreamliner’s superior operating economics make it ideally suited for international routes, we’re pleased to have this opportunity to introduce it on domestic flights between many of our hub cities allowing both customers and employees to experience this revolutionary aircraft and its many unique benefits,” says United’s Managing Director of Scheduling, Grant Whitney.

“United customers and employees can take part in welcoming the newest member of our fleet.”

As the first airline to operate the 767 and 777, United is proud to continue this tradition by adding the 787 to its fleet several years ahead of its North American competitors.

Configured with 36 seats in United BusinessFirst, 72 seats in United Economy Plus and 111 seats in United Economy, the Dreamliner will revolutionize the flying experience for United customers and crews while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. Customers will experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.


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