United Airlines unveiled its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner earlier this week at a very early live webcast as the aircraft left the paint hangar with its new livery.
The airline is looking to improve the flying experience for United passengers and crews with the 787 while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions.
The airline showcased its first 787, fresh out of the paint hangar at Boeing’s Everett facility in Washington.
Primarily built with composite materials, the 787 has 30 percent more range and uses approximately 20 percent less fuel than similar sized aircraft, while reducing emissions and noise during takeoffs and landings. With these advantages, the 787 will open up new non-stop destinations that customers would not be able to otherwise reach on United, such as the recently announced Denver-to-Tokyo service that starts next spring.
The customised livery on the Dreamlineris exclusive to the United fleet. It features 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.
United has also shown a first look at the aircraft’s interior on the 787. 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 787’s inflight entertainment system features an all-new design that offers more intuitive browsing and more filtering options, giving customers the option of searching for programs by language.
United is the North American launch customer for the Dreamliner and expects to take delivery of its first 787 in September. The airline also has firm orders for 50 787 aircraft for delivery by 2019.