MIAMI — United Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and will become the first North American carrier to operate the stretched Dreamliner later this month. United is the third carrier worldwide to take delivery of the 787-9, after Air New Zealand and All Nippon Airways (ANA). Both ANA and Air New Zealand began commercial service with the type in August of this year, and United will begin operating the type for revenue flights on September 20th. Airways will have live coverage of that inaugural flight between Los Angeles and Houston.
United’s 787-9, which is registered as N38950, is the first of 26 787-9s on order for the Chicago-based airline, who also operates 11 smaller 787-8s (with one on order) and has 27 787-10s on order. United’s 787-9s will be configured with 252 seats in a three-class configuration ( 48J / 88Y+ / 116Y ). After crews and ground staff work with the aircraft on domestic flights through late September and early to mid October, the aircraft will be transitioned to begin nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia on October 26th.