We’re excited to announce that we’ve successfully completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process for our Boeing 787 Dreamliner and our inaugural 787 commercial flight departs Houston for Chicago on November 4 at 7:20 a.m. Central time.
Our first Dreamliner arrived in Houston on September 28 to begin a month-long certification program that included non-commercial flights to several of our domestic and international airports, with a total of more than 100 flight hours. During this time, our pilots, flight attendants and mechanics put the aircraft through a series of test scenarios, including diversions and simulated mechanical issues, in thorough preparation for service.
“I want to thank my co-workers who worked so carefully and professionally to get United certified to operate the Dreamliner,” said Jeff Smisek, our President and Chief Executive Officer. “Many people from across the company put in a lot of work to help us induct and prepare to operate the 787, and I’m proud to share this important day with all of them.”
To date, we’ve received two of the 50 Dreamliners we have on order.
United 787 virtual tour
You can go on a virtual tour
of our Dreamliner here on the Hub. This tour gives you a detailed look at the aircraft’s unique characteristics through a variety of animated, interactive features. Sample the Dreamliner’s United BusinessFirst® seats, electrochromatic window shades, six styles of LED cabin lighting and more. We also present segments on the 787’s state-of-the-art flight deck, crew rest areas and lavatories, as well as information about the Dreamliner’s General Electric GEnx engines, wing technology and cargo capabilities. Our “Facts & Figures” section of the tour offers a series of graphics that illustrate the Dreamliner’s capabilities and specifications.
United fans and aviation geeks probably already know this by heart, but we think it’s worth repeating that the Dreamliner will revolutionize the flying experience for our customers and crew while delivering unprecedented operating efficiency, comfort and lower emissions. You’ll experience greater comfort with improved lighting, bigger windows, larger overhead bins, lower cabin altitude and enhanced ventilation systems, among other passenger-friendly features.
Be sure to view our articles, photos, videos and more in our special 787 section