7 reasons to love the Dreamliner - United Hub

7 reasons to love the Dreamliner

By The Hub team, December 15, 2015

The Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, is the newest, most technologically advanced and most environmentally friendly jetliner in our fleet. But why is it so dreamy? Here are seven amazing facts:

1. Lucky number 8

One of the reasons Boeing incorporated the number "8" into the naming of the 787 is because in China, a major destination for our Dreamliners, the number "8" is considered good luck.

2. Giant (awesome) puzzle

The 787 is so mind-bendingly complex that it makes assembling IKEA furniture look easy. All together, the Dreamliner has approximately 2.3 million parts. By comparison, a Boeing 737 has just 400,000 parts.

3. Window envy

One of the coolest things about the 787 is its windows. They're the largest ever fitted to a passenger plane, 65% larger than any other. That means more stunning scenery to take in. Plus, no more closing the shades. The Dreamliner's windows dim electronically with smart glass.

4. I dream of green

The 787 Dreamliner is the most eco-friendly airliner we've ever flown. Thanks to new General Electric GEnx-1B engines and the use of composite materials, the 787 is 20% more efficient than a traditional 767. That means you can sleep well on your flight knowing that the Dreamliner is better for the planet.

5. Let there be light

Say goodbye to dull fluorescents — the 787 Dreamliner's cabin lighting is beautifully high tech. Now crews can customize the lights inside the cabin at any time to resemble almost any scenario, from the bright light of a sunny day to a moonlit starry night sky.

6. Flight deck or spaceship?

Looking at the flight deck of the Dreamliner you may think you've stepped into a space shuttle by accident. With modern flat screens, the 787 was designed to get you where you're going quickly, comfortably and safely.

7. That ride is smooth

The Dreamliner uses "smooth ride" technology to sense turbulence and automatically adjust control surfaces to provide a smoother ride. What does that mean for you? More rest and relaxation.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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