Chicago - United Airlines became the first airline to take possession of the Boeing 787-10 in North America, the largest variant of the Dreamliner family. The American carrier is also the only airline in the world to operate all three versions of the Dreamliner family, the 787-8, -9, and -10.
The 787-10 was delivered to United Airlines on November 5th at Boeing’s Charleston factory center with a modest ceremony.
The aircraft registered N14001 is the first of 14 Boeing 787-10 ordered. The 787-10 is 18 feet longer than its sister 787-9.
United's 787-10 is configured to accommodate 274 passengers - 44 in the new lie-flat Business Class, 21 in Premium Plus, 54 in Premium Economy and 199 in Economy. The aircraft offers United’s latest business class layout dubbed Polaris, which was first launched in March last year with another widebody of the company, the B777-300ER.
The new widebody is expected to make its commercial debut on January 7, 2019, between Los Angeles and Newark.
United Airlines is the third carrier to receive the Boeing 787-10 after Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways.
The 787-10 is an excellent addition to United’s fleet. It offers superior fuel efficiency while providing a more comfortable customer experience onboard that allows passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling more refreshed,said Gerry Laderman, the CFO of United Airlines.
As of today, United has a Dreamliner fleet of 37 aircraft (12, 787-8 and 25, 787-9). Last month, the carrier placed an order for nine further 787-9.