Today we increased our 787 Dreamliner order to 65 aircraft (including six previously delivered aircraft) with an order for 20 787-10s. We’re the North American launch customer for the 787-10 and expect delivery of our first aircraft in 2018.
We ordered 10 incremental 787-10X aircraft and will convert 10 existing 787s on order to 787-10s, enabling us to further update our international widebody fleet by replacing older, less efficient aircraft. The advanced technology and composite construction of the 787 reduces fuel burn and carbon emissions, while providing a superior customer experience.
Expanding the 787 Dreamliner fleet
We’re currently the only U.S. airline to operate the 787. We have six new 787-8 aircraft in service and had previous orders for an additional 49 Dreamliners consisting of both the -8 and -9 variants. The 787-10 is a stretched version of the current 787 and will offer the lowest fuel burn per seat of any aircraft in its size category.
The 787 offers up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency per seat than similarly sized aircraft, due in part to the more than 50 percent composite makeup of its structure. The 787 also boasts an enhanced inflight experience including larger windows, larger overhead bins and lower cabin altitude with enhanced ventilation systems that reduce the effects of jet lag.
“Advanced technology aircraft like the 787-10 are key to United’s future, enabling us to fly fuel-efficient, customer-pleasing aircraft that are the right size for many long-haul markets in our unparalleled worldwide network,” said Jeff Smisek, our chairman, president and CEO. “At United, we continue to modernize our fleet to operate our airline more efficiently, while improving the flight experience for both our customers and our co-workers.”
“United and Boeing share a rich history together and we are delighted United has chosen the 787-10X for its future fleet,” said Ray Conner, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This commitment builds on our long-standing partnership with United. We have partnered on several new airplanes together including the 727, 737, 767 and 777.”