MIAMI — Overnight, United Airlines loaded its first 787-9 domestic flights. However, it is not clear if this will be the inaugural 787-9 flight.
Starting September 20, 2014, the Chicago-based carrier will begin flying one daily round trip Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight between Los Angeles and Houston IAH. Based on the schedule, United will operate the 787-9 Dreamliner on this route until October 25.
The outbound flight will depart from Los Angeles around 7:30 AM and arrive in Houston around 12:49 PM. The return flight will depart from Houston around 2:40 PM and arrive in Los Angeles around 4:08 PM.
The first 787-9 Dreamliner is expected to arrive in August. Once the aircraft goes through its introduction into service, it will begin replacing routes presently served by the Boeing 787-8.
The second 787-9 Dreamliner will arrive in October, and two more -9s and one -8 will be delivered during the first quarter of 2015.
The carrier’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will have 252 seats. There will be 48 seats in BusinessFirst (in a 2-2-2 configuration), 88 Economy Plus Seats (United’s extra legroom economy seats), and 116 United Economy Seats (in a 3-3-3 configuration).
United’s 787-9 International Routes
Subject to government approval, the carrier will launch direct flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on October 26, 2014. The new direct service will be operated six times a week.
United Airlines will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Los Angeles and Shanghai in early March 2015. The carrier currently operates the 787-8 between the two cities.
Other United 787 News
Yesterday, United took delivery of its 12th 787-8 which allows it to begin flying the 787 between Houston and London again.
Additionally, the carrier will begin flying the 787-8 between Houston and Frankfurt early next year.