We’re getting closer to the delivery of our first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft and today we’re giving you a sneak peek at an artist’s renderings of our specially designed livery.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a revolutionary aircraft, and we’re excited to reveal details of our plans to make it our own. The process, known as induction, gives the 787 the look and feel of United.
Dreamliner delivery details
We’re scheduled to take delivery of our first 787 in September and begin scheduled service in the Fall. The cabin has been installed and is configured as follows:
36 seats in United BusinessFirst®
72 seats in United Economy Plus®
111 seats in United Economy®
United Boeing 787 livery
Our 787 fleet will be painted with the globe livery but will get its own unique twist: the gold line along both sides of the fuselage will feature a special swoop from nose to tail. Our design is inspired by Boeing’s trademarked swoop, and pays tribute to our long history of working together.
Design and features
The palette of colors in the cabin stays true to our current brand color scheme, so that you’ll experience the familiar United look and feel once you’re inside the plane. You’ll enjoy a number of travel-enhancing features when you fly including improved lighting, bigger windows with electronic dimmer buttons, more spacious overhead bins, lower cabin altitude (which can alleviate altitude-related symptoms such as headaches and fatigue) and enhanced ventilation systems.
Innovative technology makes the 787 more environmentally friendly, economical and efficient to fly. Advances include the use of composite materials, less fuel consumption and a reduction in noise during takeoff and landing. These enhancements make it possible for our customers to fly to new destinations, such as the recently-announced Denver-to-Tokyo service starting in Spring 2013.
To get ready for the delivery of the first United 787, we’ve installed a simulator at our Houston training facility and trained more than 5,600 pilots, flight attendants and mechanics in 787 systems and operations so far.
In addition to the ongoing training on the 787, we’re preparing our Houston maintenance facility as a place to store more than 600 spare parts for the 787.
Following delivery, the 787 will undergo proving runs: flights that incorporate tests and training as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Stay tuned and be watching the sky this fall for a glimpse of our 787 Dreamliner when it takes flight.