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Featuring 787 Aircraft   

August 31, 2012

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United Airlines will begin flight operations involving the 787 Dreamliner aircraft at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
United Airlines announced the first domestic and international routes for the airline’s newest addition to its fleet, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The first United Airlines flight featuring the 787 aircraft will depart from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on November 4, 2012, bound for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Throughout the remainder of the year, the airline will operate a domestic schedule that utilizes the 787 aircraft in flights connecting Houston to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark.

United Airlines’ first international flight will also involve a Houston departure, as it begins service to Lagos, Nigeria on January 7, 2013.

"The Dreamliner is a game changer because it allows for more global connections where the airline can operate longer range flights with fewer seats and achieve the profitability needed to maintain the air service," said Houston aviation director Mario Diaz. "We are optimistic this is a win-win for increased flights to markets in Africa, Asia and Oceania."

United will also operate daily, nonstop 787 service from its IAH hub to Amsterdam and London Heathrow on a temporary basis.

Houston to Amsterdam service begins Dec. 4, 2012, and Houston to London Heathrow service begins Feb. 4, 2013.

“The 787 is the right aircraft for these routes because of its many passenger-friendly amenities and superior operating economics,” says United’s Senior Vice President of Network, Greg Hart. “With 50 787s on order, we look forward to the many new route opportunities that will become available to United and our customers in the future.”

The 787 aircraft will display for sale for these routes on and other distribution channels beginning Aug. 25, while Denver to Narita service is available for sale now.

In the near future, United will announce plans for initial domestic flying for the 787, which will precede the launch of international flights described above.

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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