The first Dreamliner flight since the grounding, United’s Flight 1,departed from Houston Intercontinental at 11 a.m. to Chicago O’Hare. marked the return of regular service using Boeing’s most advanced and efficient aircraft on domestic and international routes.
“The 787 offers an unmatched travel experience for our customers and co-workers, and we are thrilled to be flying it again,” said Jeff Smisek, United’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“This is an exciting time at United. Our investment in the Dreamliner is just one more example of our commitment to delivering the best product, route network and customer service in the industry.”
United will operate additional Dreamliner flights on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs later this week, and the airline will launch international 787 service on the much-anticipated Denver–Tokyo route from the 10th June.
This summer United also plans to begin using the 787 for flight services on existing routes including Houston-London, Los Angeles-Tokyo, Los Angeles-Shanghai and Houston-Lagos.
The airline also expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners from Boeing in the second half of 2013.