LONDON – United is going big with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The airline has just placed an order for nine additional 787-9s
United has had a remarkable relationship with the Dreamliner, becoming the airplane’s North American launch customer for the original version, the 787-8. The airline debuted its the aircraft in August 2012, and began flying passengers on November 4, 2012.
The carrier also became the first operator of the 787-9 in the United States back in September 2014, when it took delivery of the first aircraft (N38950).
And to keep up the positive trend, it will now become the first US operator of the largest variant in the Dreamliner family, the 787-10.
The Nine Dash Nines
According to list prices, the deal for the nine 787-9s is valued at $2.53 billion. This order adds up to the four -9s that were ordered at the Farnborough Air Show, bringing the total number to 64 planes.
“It makes all of us very proud to have United place a repeat order since its team has spent a lot of time with the Dreamliner and knows what it can do,” said Ihssane Mounir, SVP of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Boeing.
“The 787 Dreamliner has been so successful in the marketplace because of great partners like United Airlines that have taken the airplane’s unrivaled performance to open new routes and offer passengers a wonderful travel experience,” he added.
The Dreamliner keeps selling well for Boeing. Net orders for 2018 have reached 100 units sold and making it just one shy of 1,400 in total.
Nearly half of all 787 customers have come back to order more planes, making it one of the fastest-selling widebody jets in history.
The dash nine can fly up to 7,635 nautical miles and serve up to 290 passengers in standard configurations.
United’s relationship with the 787 has stemmed since
Nowadays, United flies the Dreamliner on numerous routes, such as Houston to Sydney, and San Francisco to Singapore, highlighting the sheer range on offer.
The Dash Ten’s Routes Unveiled
The first 787-10s will begin their operational life at United flying transcontinental services between Newark, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Adding the 787-10 onto each route will increase the seat offering to more than 7,200 seats per day, 1,000 of which are now premium seating.
The -10 will appear on the Newark-Los Angeles rotation twice in a day, according to United.
The morning flight, in both local times, will depart Newark at 0700 and arrive into Los Angeles at 0949.
The afternoon flight will leave Newark at 1600 and arrive into Los Angeles into 1853, both local times.
The San Francisco operation, however, will see the 787-10 operate once per day, departing at 1600 local from EWR, arriving into SFO for 1913 local.
The 787-10s are configured via a three-class configuration, offering 44 Polaris Business Class Seats, 21 Premium Plus seats and 253 seats in Economy, 54 of which will be Economy Plus.
The -10s can fly up to 6,430 nautical miles, and can carry more passengers and cargo than its smaller sister, the 787-9.
United currently operates 25 787-9s and 12 787-8s across the globe.